Other_Thoughts
24 Vancouver, Canada
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My self-summary
I am an owner of Other Thoughts. I am always drawn to strange ideas, because as a society we get stuck on the same set, which leaves the unexplored ideas undervalued.

This has an effect on my motivation: I have a strong desire for western society, and humanity as a whole, to exist through the next century, though I'm not certain that it will. I'm involved in a number of projects that are trying to study and solve these things.
What I’m doing with my life
Academia for now. I am study math and also a little bit of philosophy. I am on my year off. I am considering grad school and getting more deeply involved with some of the above mentioned projects.
I’m really good at
Spinning pens.
Imitating chickadees.
Taking jokes completely seriously and explaining why they are wrong.
Making dry personal summaries.
Dry self-referential and self-deprecating humour.
The first things people usually notice about me
My left eye. That's usually where you look first when you look at someone. It is also fairly big for an eye, but don't worry, so is the right one. It balances out.

I will probably dump at least one of my ideas on you if you talk to me for more than five minutes. I love talking about what I think about.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like math textbooks.

I read stuff on the internet. SCP, Ra, Gunnerkrigg, Mother of Learning, metatextual wizardfic. Mangos and animoos.

RJD2, Benny Goodman, Chopin, Emancipator, Beethoven, Nujabes, Autecre, Debussy; all share the fact that there is little singing, which I find distracting.

Probably the best way to locate me in culture space is the non fiction internet stuff:
Weird Sun Twitter, Slate Star Codex, Ribbon Farm, Meaningness, and some dark places on the internet which shall not be named here.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
A computational and materialist foundations/epistemology of math; what proofs are and mean.

Applied rationality with a focus on phenomenology; how to learn empathy, or at least feel that it is a concrete skill that can be learned; the relevance of non-verbal thought and how important it is to be able to turn it into words when teaching (especially in math).

Some esoteric stuff, and developing an ontology to support it so it doesn't feel like or have the effect of believing in fake things.

How we love to bulldoze chesterton's fences around social structures; identity, status, and group minds.
On a typical Friday night I am
Dinner with family, hanging out with friends, calling my partner, reading
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Probably some of my weirder ideas above.
You should message me if
Message me if you want to know more.

Message me if you have an idea that you want heard.

Message me if you want to be a test dummy for my teaching applied phenomenology and empathy.

Message me with an answer to this problem: Omega, the perfect predictor comes to you and puts before you two boxes, box A and box B. You have two choices. Either take just box A, or take both boxes. There is always $1k under box B. There is $1m under box A only if Omega predicts that you take only box A. What do you do? What if box A is made of glass?

I'm looking for only friends at this point.

Congratulations and thank you for making it all the way here.
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