Hi, I'm James.
Scientist. humanist, competitive gamer, eSports enthusiast, linguaphile, cynic/sceptic, infomaniac, sci-fi/fantasy nerd, tea drinker, head-banger.
Childlike ambitions of being an astronaut.
...big dark brown eyes. And...an interesting laugh?
I love reading popular science. Any topic that currently interests me. Dawkins and Pinker are a couple of my favourites. Currently reading A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, which I think is fantastic!
Update: I finished the series, and eagerly awaiting The Winds of Winter!
I'll give anything a try, but I find a lot of modern 'horror' films to be fairly boring. I love anything sci-fi or fantasy themed, action thrillers and comedies. A few of my favourite films are Dodgeball, The Princess Bride, Fight Club, Pulp Fiction and The Matrix.
I watch a lot of documentaries, anything with Louis Theroux or David Attenborough. Obviously like sci-fi stuff again like Buffy or Firefly! I watch Quiz shows like QI and crime drama such as Criminal Minds/Bones. Love Rick and Morty, Adventure Time and Archer!
I grew up on 70s/80s rock/metal/pop from my parents and that heavily influences my tastes. A metal-head as a teenager and got into hip-hop and soul more recently. Some artists that stand out are Devin Townsend, Iced Earth, Immortal Technique, Black Sabbath, The Smiths and Queen.
I stopped eating meat a couple of years ago while I was living on my own. That's something I plan to try and keep up.
Any genre, any style. I have over 300 games on steam alone with a huge collection of retro and current console games at home! Gaming is a huge passion of mine and some all-time favourites that stand out are; Deus Ex, STALKER, Final Fantasy, XCOM, WoW, Counter-Strike, Total War, Legacy of Kain and Metal Gear.
Oh and the fact that I'm into hard determinism, but that lead me to nihilism and depression, so thinking of ways to delude myself is helpful!
- Would you like to visit another world?
- Do you want to change the world?
- Do you think we will ever understand consciousness?
- Do you have any ideas or inspiration for a video game?
- What period / place would you most like to visit from history?
- What technology/future advancements are you most excited for?
- What do you think of Transhumanism? (Would you go as far to have your own eyes removed, for example, and replaced by purpose-built eyes from a lab that were a huge improvement over your natural eyes you were born with?)
- What is your opinion on designer babies? (Being able to choose characteristics of a child before it's born, eye colour/gender/skin colour) And would you do it?