Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I want to understand everything and try to avoid being wrong about
anything. On the other hand, I absolutely love finding out I've
been wrong. There's nothing like the excitement of learning that
instead of something you believed for years, there's a realm of
nuance ripe for mental exploration. I am interested in physics
, and psychology
I enjoy hiking
being outdoors. I've hiked most of the Boulder trails and want to
try the ones I haven't (notably South Boulder Peak and some of the
paths up Green Mountain). My favorite local hike is Bear Canyon; I
appreciate the variety of the spectacular and the subdued, and the
birding is great.
I want to make the world a better place and am passionate about
. I'm not fussy about how I improve the world or which
global problems I work on; my goal is to as much good as I can and
I'm happy to choose whichever problem I'll be able to help with the
most. My intention is to live relatively frugally and donate
whatever I don't need to the most efficient charity I can find
(givewell.org is great for this).
I don't naturally seek socialization, but I tend to enjoy being
around other people anyway. The lack of a strong social drive makes
it hard for me to make friends, but I've known the ones I have for
many years and am very close to them. I enjoy conversations about
virtually anything intellectual, and tend to focus on areas in
which I disagree with other interlocutors. My brother once said he
had "never seen a better living personage of devil's
I prefer one on one interaction to conversing in a group. When
talking to multiple people I'll often think of something pithy on a
topic right after the group moves onto another topic, so it's
harder to discuss an issue in depth. I prefer listening to talking.
I'm more interested in refining my opinions than in changing those
What I’m doing with my life
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I am a physics undergraduate at CU. I'm only an undergrad because
I've had systemic exertion intolerance disease (formerly known as
chronic fatigue syndrome) for 13 years, which has made it
impossible to attend classes for most of them. I've done a great
deal of self-study though, so I'm currently only taking
Currently, my SEID is highly variable. Last semester I was
perfectly healthy until I collapsed during a midterm, after which I
wasn't able to attend class for a few months. I'm reasonably
healthy now though and recently hiked most of the way up Green
Mountain, for instance.
I’m really good at
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Thinking rationally and abstractly; I'm great at identifying flaws
in an argument, and I generally examine issues from the viewpoint
of society as a whole instead of focusing on individuals. I also
excel at anything academic, especially math and physics. I'm good
well; let me know if you'd like to play.
The first things people usually notice about me
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My best guess is my lack of social skills. Of course, my absence of
social skills could also lead to me being wrong about this.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I mainly read epic fantasy and books that seem liable to make me
Books - favorite fiction: "The Wheel of Time" by Robert Jordan,
"Sword of Truth" by Terry Goodkind, "Stormlight Archive" and
"Mistborn" by Brandon Sanderson (currently my favorite author),
"The Inheritance Cycle" by Christopher Paolini, "Wars of Light and
Shadow" by Janny Wurts.
Books - nonfiction I enjoyed recently: "Whistling Vivaldi : and
other clues to how stereotypes affect us" by Claude M. Steele,
"Meta Math! : the quest for omega" by Gregory Chaitin, "Who needs
God?" by Harold Kushner, "Dolphin Diaries : my 25 years with
spotted dolphins in the Bahamas" by Denise L. Herzing.
I also enjoy math
the occasional mystery, and some less epic science fiction and
TV shows: Star Trek (especially the ones involving bizarre ethical
dilemmas or time travel), the Good Wife, Doctor Who, and Sherlock.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Something challenging, something I can improve at, a good book, and
a modicum of social interaction.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Why is murder immoral? Could I accurately model the boiling of
water in a pot by assuming constant energy and seeing whether the
presence of an air bubble increases the entropy? Does God believe
the statement, "God does not believe this statement"?
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Playing Magic: the Gathering at a local shop, most likely.
Otherwise I'll do some combination of reading, homework, and
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I'm terrible at recognizing faces. I occasionally wonder how a
criminal mastermind could exploit this. The optimal strategy would
probably involve dyeing and cutting his hair (I identify people
primarily based on hair and voice) to match those of someone else
who might have a motive but lacks an alibi, and ensuring that I'm
the only witness. After committing the crime in a way that leaves
no traces of DNA (perhaps something as simple as wearing gloves and
tossing the murder weapon in a lake), it would be a simple matter
of letting me testify. My testimony would include a large
uncertainty, but I doubt the jury would care much about this detail
after the prosecution builds a strong narrative explaining the
purported motive of whoever was framed.
You should message me if
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You are honest, intelligent, and open-minded. I want a relationship
where we find each other interesting, learn from one another, and
are perfectly willing to say what we think.
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