D. Hayes is a
self-taught philosopher and one of America’s strongest advocates
for lifelong learning. He spent his youth in Texas, serving
there as a U.S. Marine and as a police officer before embarking
on a career in the oil industry. Alaska has been his home for
more than forty years.
Hayes’ 1998 book
Beyond the American
Dream: Lifelong Learning and the Search for Meaning in a
Postmodern World received recognition by the American
CHOICE magazine as one of the year’s most outstanding
academic books. His other titles include
Reflections of a Self-Taught Philosopher;
Summoning Passion for an Unfinished Life;
The Rapture of Maturity: A Legacy of Lifelong Learning;
Training Yourself: The 21st Century Credential;
Proving You’re Qualified: Strategies for Competent People
without College Degrees; and
Price of Tuition is Desire.
Your Degree is a Better
Life. His fiction work includes the novels
Portals in a Northern Sky
and A Mile North of Good
and Evil, as well as the novellas
Bovine Genius in Wild Alaska,
The Call of Mortality and
Promoting the idea that
education should be thought of not as something you get but as something
you take, Hayes’ work has been featured in The L.A. Progressive, USA
Today, and the UTNE Reader, on National Public Radio’s
Talk of the Nation and on Alaska Public Radio’s Talk of Alaska.
His website, www.autodidactic.com, provides resources for self-directed
learners—from advice about credentials to philosophy about the value
that lifelong learning brings to everyday living.
versions are available for all the books mentioned above.