Autothexis
24 Berkeley, United States
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My self-summary
How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an Angel! in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals!
What I’m doing with my life
Navigating between the Scylla of overusing metaphors and the Kraken of mixing them up.

Building a neuroimaging device.

Planning a city.
I’m really good at
Bragging. Guitar. Chess. Stochasticity. Reading facial expressions. Reading in general. Rock/paper/scissors. Interpreting all phenomena as particular dealings of God with my soul.
The first things people usually notice about me
Blue eyes, probably. Or stunning good looks. Aura of extreme competence and wisdom; a mysterious but palpable omen of greatness.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Words: Dostoyevsky, Joyce, Eliot, Hofstadter, Chesterton, Carlyle, Nietzsche, Tolkien, Hesse, McCarthy, Heller, Eco, Pullman, Adams, Stephenson, too many philosophers to list, [...]

Audio: The xx, Elysian Fields, Tame Impala, Sleepy Sun, Velvet Underground, Flight Facilities, Galimatias, Cults, Regina Spektor, Nobuo Uematsu, Bach, Chopin, Joanna Newsom, Jakwob, Jai Paul, Tycho, Purity Ring, The White Stripes, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Bassex, Mexicans With Guns, Jamie Woon, Nick Drake, Erik Mongrain, Vampire Weekend, Imogen Heap, Radiohead, The Shins, TNGHT, Doctor P, Atmosphere, Bert Jansch, MGMT, Boards of Canada, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, Jamie xx, [...] "I drowned a hipster in a tributary. It wasn't mainstream." I'll get back to this.

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Food: Middle Eastern, Russian, Texan, Mexican, Vietnamese, Korean.
The six things I could never do without
一 Dreams.
ニ Ambiguity.
三 Things to ponder.
四 Relationships.
五 The arts.
六 Learning.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Killer whales, social status transactions, dreams, (alternatives to) currency, algorithmic information theory, German longsword, Yagyū Shinkage-ryu, rapier fencing, swords & swordsmanship generally, biomechanics, sex, dancing, social identity, the modern political climate/charade, mass media, this list is going to be endless I spend so much time thinking you don't even know,

alternatives to modern high-initial-capital-rewarding markets as a means of distribution, especially ways to make housing more of a public good by disincentivizing monopolistic rent-seeking. The tricky part is disincentivizing regulatory bodies from being equally corrupt in their stead.

Also Hegel, Heidegger, and Western philosophy of history generally.

Before that I was pretty fascinated by paleolithic anthropology. I am amazed that egalitarian bands of about twenty humans each using stone tools were apex predators in a land filled to the brim with enormous cave bears, cave hyenas, saber cats, and packs of dire wolves. I still have no clue how humans managed that.

Before that, I was chiefly interested in metaphysics, especially theology, e.g. Leibniz and St. Thomas Aquinas, but also computationalist semi-epistemological stuff like algorithmic information theory, which is surprisingly related to Leibnizian metaphysics and could be considered a formalization of some of it.

Historically, moral philosophy and especially decision theory have been my focus, especially formal models that could theoretically be approximated & automated via "strong" artificial intelligence, especially via a "hard takeoff" AI "singularity". Those currents have taken me strange places. For a few years I was a Visiting Fellow at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, which was fascinating.

I wish I knew enough math to think about computational cognitive science but I basically don't know math. The whole "proof" conceit is somehow alien to my thinking.

Speaking of which I like thinking about aliens. And gods. And magick.

And culture, and etymology.

And thinking. And thinking about thinking. And what to think about, & thinking about what to think about.

&c.
On a typical Friday night I am
Drinking and talking, ideally with some fencing or guitaring thrown in. And rock paper scissors.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When I was a lad I was brought along on sundry cocaine muling excursions. I was only sort of aware of what was going on; the envelopes full of hundred dollar bills were pretty suspicious. I met some strange people, including a few eccentric millionaires, a guy that risked his life running across busy highways for the hell of it, and the smuggler that inspired the film "Traffic", allegedly. Strange times.
You should message me if
you're literally a supernatural/celestial being of great power. No minor goddesses please, only interested in ontologically significant entities. Strongly prefer mates to be at least 600 feet tall. Extra points for the callipygian.
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