Yeah. I'm that guy.
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32 / M / Straight / Single
- Last Online
- Jan 8
- Hispanic / Latin, White
- 5′ 8″ (1.73m)
- Body Type
- Strictly vegetarian
- Not at all
- Atheism, and somewhat serious about it
- Cancer, but it doesn’t matter
- Working on masters program
- Relationship Type
- Doesn’t want kids
- Likes dogs and likes cats
- English (Fluently), Spanish (Poorly), German (Poorly), Greek (Poorly), C++ (Poorly)
Yeah. I'm that guy.
I've dedicated my life to the cause of Effective Altruism, though I'm not entirely wed to any specific organization. I plan to either work at or donate heavily to a meta-charity in the effective altruism movement for the foreseeable future. My favorite such organizations are Animal Charity Evaluators, GiveWell, and Giving What We Can, though several others I highly respect also exist.
I'm also very big into lifelong learning, so I take quite a few classes on the side, but they're not really aimed toward a specific degree. In the past, I've had vague ideas of teaching at a small liberal arts college, or moving to a developing country to do field work, but upon a few years' reflection, I've decided to try the dual career of earning to give while helping out a meta charity directly.
I guess this makes me the kind of person who enjoys lighthearted argumentation and thrives on puzzles of various stripes.
I'm rather shy in public among strangers. I tend to stick to myself, write in my journal from a distance, and observe/learn/think.
However, when one on one, I get the chance to open up quite a bit more. I can be very talkative if I feel comfortable with whomever I'm with.
Books: Mission of Gravity, A People's History of the United States, HPMOR.
Movies: Adaptation, Kiki's Delivery Service.
TV: Firefly, Arrested Development, The Wire (Also see a list of my favorite tv shows on my blog.)
Music: Bach's Tocatta & Fugue in d minor, Jared Hudson's Uncaptured Jewel, The Dresden Dolls' Girl Anachronism, Neutral Milk Hotel's Two-Headed Boy, Los Kjarkas' Llorando se Fue, Josef Zawinul's Birdland, Thelonious Monk's Straight, No Chaser.
Food: hummus. Please note that I am vegetarian and in preparation to go vegan for ethical reasons.
Podcasts: See my blog entry on my favorite podcasts for a full list.
I write often, in many different places. About a quarter of my entries eventually get cross-posted to my blog.
My most treasured possession is the pen with which I write everything. It has been a true friend through good times and bad, and I share all my secrets in its presence.
Fiction is like guided dreaming; nonfiction is like a direct upload of information. I adore both.
I am okay with periods of isolation, but every eremitic journey I've taken has ended with a celebration of being around fellow humans.
It is only in nature that I can truly set aside all other thoughts and focus solely upon relaxation. This is why I used to adore going on weekly hikes deep in the mountain forests when I lived next to the Appalachian Trail.
This item is at least an order of magnitude more important to me than all the others. After all, this gives direct access to almost all the information we've gathered as a species.
...finding a coherent metaethical theory that allows specific consistent normative claims. Solving this problem might be the most important thing we can do as a species, if you ascribe to the necessity of friendly AI.
...analyses of possibly highly effective nonprofits that might bring to light a charity which would reliably be a better funding opportunity than mosquito nets or online veg ads. (Note that this is also my day job.)
...whatever content I'm currently consuming (e.g.: podcasts, videogames, fiction, nonfiction, fanfiction, tv shows, movies, &c.).
Also, since most people consider contact info to be private, I guess I'll put that here as well. My preferred contact method is by e-mail at EricHerboso@gmail.com. You can also call/text me at (505) 427-2226, though I'll warn you that I strongly prefer email.
If IM is more of your thing, I'm generally online only through GTalk (EricHerboso), though on occasion I'll rarely sign into other services as well.
Of course, if you'd rather stalk me first before initiating contact, I suggest doing a search for my name online. As far as I know, I'm the only "Eric Herboso" on the web, so everything you find will be me in some form or another. I've used my real name nearly exclusively online since I was thirteen years old. (Just please note that some earlier things I did on the internet as a teenager might not reflect well on whom I am as a person today.)
If stalking me sounds great, but you don't want to delve into pages and pages of old google results, I suggest checking out twitter.com/EricHerboso, facebook.com/EricHerboso, or especially EricHerboso.org first. I imagine that would be the easiest way to get info on me. (I also have a LessWrong account.)
Or, you know, you could just ask. (c;
(Due to repeated requests, I will also below disclose a list of html tags that are supported in okc profiles (some of which I've used above). If you know of any that aren't listed below, feel free to message me so I can append the list.)
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You also get bonus points if you are open, honest, and have a deep desire to accomplish good in this world. If you work at a nonprofit or volunteer regularly for good causes, then you get a x2 multiplier. (.) Being vegan qualifies you for a bonus stage.
To make your life easier, I'll list a few qualities of mine here that some people consider deal-breakers. If you see anything you don't like, feel free to move on to the next profile. (c:
I love debating, and thrive on light argumentation. I'm vegetarian and fully expect to one day be mostly vegan. I'm atheist and have no interest in religion whatsoever. As an effective altruist, I'm skeptical of most well-meaning charities. I'm a rationalist and a skeptic, and am not intrigued by pseudoscience of any kind. I'm very liberal with anarcho-syndicalist tendencies; I vote for the green party even though I disagree with several of their flim-flam stances. I'm philosophically polyamorous and somewhat sexually deviant with slight heteroromantic asexual tendencies. (If you're not poly, feel free to message me for friendship -- but note that I'm only interested in romance with poly people who are comfortable with having a mostly asexual romantic partner.) I'm pacifist to an extreme degree (some would say to a fault), and count many nonhuman animals as persons. I'm extremely against prejudice, to the point that I identify strongly with several memes in the anti-speciesm, HAES, and other less well known movements. But perhaps most surprisingly, I'm a moral revisionist who identifies strongly with utilitarian values, though I have enough cognitive dissonance to still spend more time, money, and attention on things that are close to me than I really should. Nevertheless, I'm serious enough about maximizing the good that I donate a large portion of my income and actively avoid large expenses in my personal life like raising children or living in a large home. (Approximately 50% of my lifetime earnings are assigned to charitable causes. I live on a small fraction of what I earn.)
If I haven't scared you away yet, then please feel free to send me an email. , whether you're looking for friendship, romance, or even just a friendly challenge in shogi, go, or Ticket to Ride. All ages, races, cultures, sizes, and species should feel encouraged to get in touch with me. (c;
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