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Raelifin

25 M Columbus, OH

My Details

Last Online
Jul 16
Orientation
Bisexual
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 7″ (2.01m)
Body Type
Skinny
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Not at all
Drugs
Never
Religion
Atheism, and very serious about it
Sign
Scorpio, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Working on university
Job
Student
Income
Less than $20,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Pets
Speaks
English

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My self-summary
I am a Neutral Good, Muggle Empiricist with a penchant for deep thought, a love of sincerity, and no soul. On a good day I am The Doctor, on a bad day I am Frankenstein.

I try and be a kind and gentle person. I'm quite boring, but also a passionate intellectual. My first and truest love is the pursuit of truth (known by some as learning, or science in certain contexts). I greatly enjoy the company of children and teenagers, and would really want to be a teacher if I didn't despise the school system like I do.

Most of my free time goes towards studying artificial intelligence, which I think is something of a big deal. Seriously, if you have any experience in the field, I'm begging you to message me so that I can talk your ear off. (Please!)

I'm not a sexual person. And what I mean by that is not that I don't like physical sex, but that I don't pursue sexual relationships (a.k.a. don't send me "flirty" messages or winks, please). I'm very happy being myself and having friends, and haven't ever really felt the need to change that. I figure that one day I'll meet someone who is so amazingly awesome that I'll fall deeply in love, but that day is in the future and I don't need to chase it.

I identify as academic, amoralist, anarchist (peaceful), anti-authoritarian, asexual (for the most part), atheist, autodidact, eccentric, egoist, engineer, environmentalist, feminist, gamer, geek, hippy, idealist, intellectual, liberal, libertarian, mad-scientist, mathematician, naïve, nerd, nihilist, obsessed, pacifist, pansexual, philosopher, polymath, rationalist, skeptic, scholar, scientist, transhumanist, unschooler, utilitarian, voluntaryist, and weird.

I'm not much of an activist, artist, athlete, or linguist at the moment, though I hope to fit those into my life more down the road.

When I do art, it's usually prose, poetry, or game design. I used to be very interested in game design and world building, but I've moved to be much more into science during the past few years. I used to do a lot of (table-top) roleplaying, and could probably get really into acting.

When I move my body, I tend to walk, run, and bicycle; I am interested in exploring martial arts, fencing, and archery, in that order. In an ideal life, I think I would bike at least every other day, and practice various martial arts on rotation (my primary interests at this point (as minor as they are) are kung fu and tai chi, but I'd like to explore everything).

The small bits of internet activism I engage in typically involve freedom of information (wikileaks, anti-copyrights, anti-censorship), freedom of sexuality and religion (LGBTQBINGO rights, anti-anti-muslim sentiment, separation of church and state, anti-anti-athiest sentiment), anti-war protesting, and generally pushing against centralization, the status-quo, and towards treating all people with compassion and respect.

Most of what I do is think. I have lots of ideas, some of which I talk about on my blog.
I'm always looking for friends. Don't be shy. ^_^
What I’m doing with my life
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
- Siddharta

My primary goal in life is to use oxygen and sugar to build adenosine triphosphate. I'm pretty good at it, and I plan to keep it up as long as I live. (I'd probably give it up if it happens to one-day be more practical to live as a simulation of my meat-form.)

On the side I study. Self-improvement is what I love to do, and I'm a voracious logovore, ever on the prowl for a deep and fascinating subject. My primary discipline is maths, and if I were keen on putting myself into boxes, I'd call myself a math-major. But really, I do claim to have a goal for learning, and it revolves more around cognitive science than math. I hope to learn how minds work to such a degree that, if I chose to, I could build one.

I tutor. I build software. I clean house. I listen to problems. Maybe someday I'll be skilled enough to build kick-ass robots, or grow lots of yummy veggies in a garden.

But my life, in the end, is spent loving people and being loved.
Everything else is secondary (yes, even metabolism).
I’m really good at
I donno. I don't tend to analyze my strengths. Being compassionate and idealistic? Reasoned debate, maybe?

I suppose I can use that to segue into mentioning an OkCupid question that I seem to be in the minority on, and why I think most people get it wrong. If you'd like to disagree with me on this, send me a message! I'd love to talk about it.

Question: "Would you be willing to genetically modify your child's embryo to ensure that the child will be endowed with traits you desire?"
Answer that many people give: "No - homogenizing gene pools weakens species"
Why this is wrong: Now, it is true that having many individuals with identical gene patterns can increase the power of disease in finding a foothold in a species. In this sense, diversity helps keep the species strong by making it harder for a disease to change hosts and survive. The problem is that, for this to rule out genetic engineering, the following four statements would need to be true.

1) A large number of parents would genetically modify their children.
2) Genetic modifications were all (roughly) the same, and not tailored to the specific individual.
3) The advantages gained in having a GE boosted immune system wouldn't offset the cost of having a similar genome to others.
4) Disease was so dangerous in this hypothetical future that it'd be worth giving up advanced intelligence and avoiding the risks of genetic diseases just to ensure a small degree of genetic diversity.

Any one of those statements I might be willing to buy, but the multiplied probabilities of each of them makes the whole argument very weak. I can understand not wanting to GE your kid; there's something creepy about it. Just don't try to pass your aversion onto science -- own it as the fear of the unknown that it is.

Notes: There are rational reasons to avoid genetic engineering. You can attack it from the perspective of wanting to avoid social stratification, or perhaps fear of damaging people in ignorance. My point is about homogenizing the gene pool, not about other ethical problems. (Though in general, as a transhumanist and an optimist, I am pro-GE.)
The first things people usually notice about me
My height. Seriously 6'7". You're all ants from up here.
The six things I could never do without
Electrons, quarks, bosons, gluons, photons and self-referential lists. (I do not personally care for neutrinos; muon and tau leptons can go die in a fire.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Artificial general intelligence! This means software that is capable of solving problems that it hasn't been coded to specifically solve. If done right, I believe this sort of thing could put all of humanity out of a job. I'm pretty obsessed, so you may want to avoid this topic, unless you like getting messages on OkC that brush up against the character maximum.

As part of this obsession I spend a lot of my time on math, neuroscience, machine learning, cognitive psychology and machine ethics.
On a typical Friday night I am
At home, surfin' the web. (Woo! I'm boring!)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am regularly uncomfortable with being an imperfect human.

I'll quote St. Yudkowsky on this:
"I don't feel smart except on special days when I understand something awesome, and even then it's often an odd feeling because 90% of the time I'm understanding something that somebody else understands much better. At other times I can *feel* myself trapped in this tiny brain that can just barely support my own thought processes, or worse, I know that I'm tired and *can't* do the abstractions of my smarter self - it's a very claustrophobic feeling. And then with a few exceptions everyone else seems insane."

(I'm an incredibly open person, and there's plenty more that I'd admit to, but I'm concerned it'd throw people off to share too much.)
I’m looking for
  • Everybody
  • Ages 18–99
  • Located anywhere
  • For new friends
You should message me if
you enjoy talking with HUGE NERDS about abstract things like ethics, futurism, or cognition.

"So much has been done — more, far more, will I achieve: treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation..."