Random thought of the day: misogyny is the new racism, and reproductive rights is the new Southern Strategy.
Big Five personality traits:
Openness to experience - high
Conscientiousness - medium-high
Extraversion - medium
Agreeableness - medium-high
Neuroticism - low
Other random adjectives:
Progressive - Socially and fiscally very liberal, but completely non-dogmatic. I think the GOP is iredeemably corrupt, but I'd love to seesome kind of reasonable opposition to the Democrats (which I generally see as the lesser of two evils).
Socialist - I think the Scandinavian countries do government right. Note that they're mixed economies like everyone else - elements of capitalism and socialism. They just seem to have a better mix, judging by all available data I can find.
Atheist - I believe in no form of the supernatural and I think organized religion has been a net negative for humanity, but I don't judge any individual person for being religious unless their personal beliefs are harmful. On the other hand, recent reading of Jonathan Haidt has made me think human psychology includes a sense of divinity or spirituality... and without any supernatural or metaphysical attachments, I feel it too. Being in nature makes me feel alive and happy and awake beyond any reasonable standard. So does learning. So do good discussion and good friends. Hate to say it, but I think the new atheist movement is missing something here.
Secular humanist - I think the highest possible good is in elevating the human condition. Sound schmaltzy? It is. But it's also a really good idea. And before you think I sound like a hippie, I'm generally pro-nuclear power and anti-alternative medicine (although, as with anything else, show me the data and I'll change my mind).
Colossal flaming nerd - in case it wasn't already obvious. I'm also sapiosexual (brains are hot, and brains attached to honest, happy, self-actualized people are even hotter), academically-minded (hoping to start working on a Masters in political science next year), and puntastic. Ye have been warned. :p
I love the open-minded exchange of ideas in academic communities. I got my degrees in philosophy (epistemology and ethics) and English, but still audit classes whenever I have the time. I'm happiest when I'm knee-deep in half a dozen different fields.
I'm of the opinion that a lot of our current political mess is due to the debate becoming ideological rather than pragmatic, and that it's much harder to compromise with ideology than it is with differing interpretations of data. It's an interesting problem, and one I'm already planning research on.
SocialLiz and 1fineDove are my good friends, and they're both beautiful people. If you like women, or friends, you should talk to them.
NOTE: I've talked to a lot of women on OKC who are apparently perceived as too forward or slutty if they send the first message. I've also talked to some really nice transgender/transsexual people who pretty much expected me to stop talking to them after they mentioned being trans. That crap always makes me sad.
Women who send the first message, you're fighting a really shitty form of sexism that has no place in this century. Props!
Trans people who send really nice messages even when you're expecting the response to be some kind of bigoted outrage, you're awesome too. And for the record, one of the great things about being bi is that I can date people based on their character instead of their plumbing. Trans people, if we get along well and I like you, I'll like your body too.