Micah Baize, PhD

St. Louis, MO

An analytical mind at heart, I seek to understand things in depth. I also like to share what I have learned -- or at least think I have learned -- with others. I pursued a PhD in Philosophy in large part to understand how philosophers have answered the question: How should I live? My main areas of interest are in ethics, theory of knowledge, and philosophy of religion. As the result of the meager academic job market, I switched careers and became a software engineer. Currently I'm using my philosophical education to co-host a podcast that covers Ray Dalio's Principles, a New York Times Bestseller that aims to help you be successful in your life and career. See more about it in the Podcast section.


I co-host the Dalio's Principles: A Philosophical Examination podcast with John Sextro. In this unofficial podcast we analyze Dalio's book Principles. Ray Dalio is the founder of Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's most successful hedge fund companies. He has been on Time’s 100 most influential people list. The book is a New York Times Best Seller in the Business category. In Principles Dalio shares his life story, helping his readers understand how he came to incorporate two ideas into his way of living: 'radical truth' and 'radical transparency'. He then shares the principles which developed through his application of those ideas to his life and work. Those principles are what he believes have led to much of his success. More info about the book can be found at www.principles.com.

The podcast is a kind of virtual book club for readers (or future readers) of Principles, working through the book chapter by chapter. John Sextro has been a practicioner of Dalio's principles for several years and draws from his experiences to help listeners better understand the principles. I draw on my philosophical background to help listeners assess the truth of Dalio's claims. This includes clarifying Dalio's claims, considering alternative philosophical positions, and analyzing the strength of his arguments.

My co-host John Sextro is an experienced podcaster. He is perhaps best known for his podcast This Agile Life. He also hosts the World Wide Technology Software Development podcast.


World Wide Technology

Developer Performance Manager \ Software Engineer
  • iOS, C#, Terraform, Docker, and AWS cloud services
  • Developing software in an agile, high-quality code environment
    • Pair programming, test-driven development
    • Self-organizing teams
  • Trained facilitator for agile retrospectives
  • 1st Place Team (WWT), US Navy “Hack the Machine” Hackathon, Track 3
    • Integrated multiple technologies with a simulation of the US Navy CANES network system
September 2016 - Present

Paradigm New Media Group

Mobile Developer
  • Collaborated with lead iOS developer on a Swift-based iPhone app
    • Became lead developer during final stages of development, including deployment
    • Submitted app for App Store review with approval
  • Worked on various legacy apps, which included adding features and maintenance as needed
  • Lead developer on an Android app
  • Collaborated on endpoints API for mobile apps, using Ruby on Rails
  • Imported data into MySQL databases using import scripts
  • Setup Crashlytics and Localytics on apps for crash reporting and usage analysis
April 2015 - September 2016


iOS Developer
  • Objective-C with unit testing and Calabash
  • Enterprise iPad applications
  • Pair programming sessions with senior and junior-level developers
  • Helped present a demo of the iPad app to the client
  • LaunchCode placement
October 2014 - April 2015

Lindenwood University, Maryville University, Saint Louis University, Rockhurst University

Philosophy Professor - Adjunct
  • Construction of courses, including selection of course material and lecture development
  • Courses taught:
    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Reason and Argument
    • Ethics
    • Philosophy of Religion
    • The Meaning of Life
    • Medical Ethics
January 2010 - December 2014



Completed HarvardX: CS50x Introduction to Computer Science course (non-credit)
January 2014-May 2014

University of Kansas

PhD, Philosophy
Dissertation: Bernard Williams' Internalism: A New Interpretation
Areas of Specialization: Practical Reason, Ethics, Theory of Knowledge

MA, Philosophy
Thesis: An Argument Against The Skeptic's Belief
August 2005 - May 2012

Mid-America Christian University

BA, magna cum laude
Double-major: Pastoral Ministry and Bible Theology
August 1999 - May 2003


  • Ray Dalio's Principles and the Purpose of Life

    Asynchrony Internal Conference Extension Series, St. Louis, MO, September 2018

  • Intro to UIStackView in iOS 9

    iOS Developer's Meetup Group, St. Louis, MO, July 2015

  • Has Bernard Williams’s Internalism Been Misunderstood?

    The Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, October 2013

  • Good Arguments, Bad Arguments, and Arguments That Can Convince Others

    Kansas Freethought Society, Lenexa, KS, June 2011

  • The Skeptic’s Predicament

    Southwestern Philosophical Society Conference, Memphis, TN, November 2010