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* James F. Thompson, Ph.D., MT(ASCP)

       Professor of Biology

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JFT's portrait by talented artist and dear friend, L. Dennis Sears.
Photo 1998.

In memory of my friend, Dave O'Drobinak, who died too soon, at Halloween, 2006.

Ashleigh S & JFT

Working with a colleague in the A&P labs.  Photo 2005.

Former student Ashleigh Stephenson who gifted me with this fine shirt from her father's closet!  Photo 2014.

 JFT is a Professor in the APSU Biology Department.  He was the instructor in the 3 semester Clinical Chemistry sequence from 1993 through 1998.  He was appointed to be Program Director of the Medical Technology Program in July of 1998.  He continued to teach the Urinalysis and Body Fluids course.  He also taught the Pathology/Education/Research and Medical Serology courses.  His clinical responsibilities included travel to clinical affiliate hospitals to observe senior MT students in their clinical rotations.  He left the MT Program in 2002. 

JFT retired from full time teaching after Spring semester 2014.  JFT no longer teaches Human Anatomy & Physiology, but his website for A&P review may still be accessed at this URL.  JFT's current academic assignment is teaching Principles of Evolution

For an excellent web site on "current events" related to health care, visit:  The Antidote: Counterspin for Health Care and Health News.

You might also like Science Blogs and SciTechDaily and The Science Fiction and Biology Blog and World Science and Olivia Judson's The Wild Side blog.

For an excellent web site on Evolution, visit Understanding Evolution.

For intelligent viewpoints (potentially including your own) on all aspects of life, try BigThink.



American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Association of University Professors

American Society of Clinical Pathologists - Medical Technologist - Associate

American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

The Association of Southeastern Biologists

Clinical Laboratory Management Association

Herpetologists' League

National Center for Science Education

The Society for the Study of Evolution

The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (formerly ASZ)

The Tennessee Academy of Science

Tennessee Society of Clinical Laboratory Science

JFT is a member of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and a member of the APSU chapter of the AAUP.  

JFT is a life member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) and a member of the APSU chapter of PKP. 

JFT is a fan of the works of  Edgar Rice Burroughs.   JFT is the List Manager for the E-mail discussion group for Burroughs fans:  the Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship List or ERBCOF-List.  To learn more, select ERBCOF-L.

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Until Gutenberg invented the printing press in the 1450s, there wasn't much for the average person to read, aside from inscriptions on buildings and coins. Scholars have estimated that there were only about 30,000 books in all of Europe when Gutenberg began printing his Bible,. Fifty years after that, the scholars estimate, the number of books had risen to between 10 million and 12 million.  Have you read a good book lately?

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JFT's Home Page and its associated subpages are unofficial pages.  Their content does not reflect the policy or opinion of Austin Peay State University or the APSU Biology Department.

These unofficial pages follow the guidelines of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1988's "safe harbor" provision, which holds that a Web site is not liable for any infringing material posted on it, as long as the site's operators remove that material when asked to do so by a copyright holder.  If there is any objection to the use of copyrighted material within these unofficial pages, please notify me and I will remove it post haste.   JFT

Here is a video on active shooter preparedness presented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: .

My friend, Hunter Dice, shared this quote with me:  "I can picture a world without war, without hate. And then I can picture us attacking that world--because they'd never expect it."  Me, too, Hunter!

The meaning of life for twenty-first century college students -- the short version:  What gives you the power to do the harder thing, to be disciplined and opt for delayed gratification?  You forego the immediate pleasures in order to get good grades in order to get a good job in order to get into the nursing home of your choice. 

For the biochemical details, read "The Pleasure (and Pain) of 'Maybe'" by Robert M. Sapolsky, neurologist and primatologist at Stamford University, in the September 2003 issue of Natural History magazine.

"The world we live in is an institutional response to our biology."  David Laibson, Professor of Economics, Harvard University

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." Buddha, the Awakened One

Thucydides commenting in 431 B.C.E. " . . . their judgment was based more upon blind wishing than upon any sound prediction; for it is a habit of mankind to entrust to careless hope what they long for, and to use sovereign reason to thrust aside what they do not desire."  from The History of the Peloponnesian War

"Man's inhumanity to man is not only perpetrated by the vitriolic actions of those who are bad. It is also perpetrated by the vitiating inaction of those who are good."  Martin Luther King

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." Blaise Pascal, Penses, 17th century French philosopher

"As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport." the Earl of Gloucester cries out in King Lear.  William Shakespeare 

"There is no luck.  There is only opportunity and preparation."  Karina Smirnoff  [Take wisdom from whomever offers it!  JFT] 

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

This site best viewed with an open mind!

"I can explain it to you, but I cannot comprehend it for you."  Edward I. Koch (1924-2013) NYC mayor 1978-1989 

"You wanna mess with me? Okay. You wanna play rough? Okay. Say hello to my little friend!"  Tabby Montana in SCARFACE.
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 Are you familiar with The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Religious scholars mull Flying Spaghetti Monster (2007)

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JFT:  Corrupting the minds of impressionable youths since 1982.

Click here for some anecdotal evidence that loving cats may be an ancient evolutionary behavioral trait for humans and other great apes.


"You can follow the action, which gets you good pictures. You can follow your instincts, which'll probably get you in trouble. Or, you can follow the money, which nine times out of ten will get you closer to the truth." Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) in THE TWO JAKES (1990).

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"A little work, a little sleep, a little love and it's all over."  author Mary Roberts Rinehart

Ben Wekselbaum: "It's all so pointless. That's the realization I came to at States last year. Life is nothing but repetition, the same thing over and over. Somebody might give you a trophy and that's supposed to mean you're making progress but there's no such thing. The fights you fight today are the fights you fight until you die."  From the movie ROCKET SCIENCE (2007).

"Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion--several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven....The higher animals have no religion. And we are told that they are going to be left out in the Hereafter. I wonder why? It seems questionable taste." ~ Mark Twain

Don't forget to smell the flowers.

Photo "Tigger" copyright by Jody Black; used with permission.    

"I regret that I am now to die in the belief, that the useless sacrifice of themselves by the generation of 1776, to acquire self-government and happiness to their country, is to be thrown away by the unwise and unworthy passions of their sons, and that my only consolation is to be, that I live not to weep over it."  Thomas Jefferson, 1820.

"It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties."  James Madison


"When enough people share a delusion, it loses its status as a psychosis and gets a religious tax exemption instead." Ronald de Sousa


There have been many rebels who have chosen to defy their gods.  Without this option, there can be no true devotion to a holy concept.  For devotion is only valuable when a conscious decision is made to follow that course, even in acknowledgment of the difficulties ahead.  Choosing to be a devout person is good.  Choosing to defy the gods is also good, for it reaffirms the basic ability of human beings to make choices.  We cannot support religions which say that there are no choices.

Metaphysical totalitarianism of any kind stifles the freedom we have as human beings.  It is not acceptable to have a religion where the alternative to faith is punishment -- that's how you train dogs, not develop people.  Spirituality is only great when it allows that utmost freedom to follow it.  If we suffer from difficulties, this is not holy retribution, and we should not allow it to create debilitating questions.

If you endure a crisis in your life, it may well challenge your faith.  Perhaps you will even respond bitterly to your gods and cry out:  How could anything holy permit this atrocity to happen to  me?  But gods are not our parents or protectors.  They are there only to inspire us to be better people.  They symbolize the inherent choice of this existence.  It is secondary whether we choose belief or defiance.  What is precious is that we are always able to choose.

From 365 TAO:  Daily Meditations by Deng Ming-Dao (1992)

"With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil, but for good people to do evil, that takes religion."  physicist Steven Weinberg, the University of Texas at Austin.

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." Clarence Darrow

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