I am half Anglo-Canadian and half Jewish. I grew up in Vancouver which culturally isn't really a part of Canada, but I still very much consider myself to be culturally Canadian.
I aspire to be virtuous in the classical sense. I take a very down to earth, simple, and old approach to the good. I used to be super hard core progressive atheist, but you can probably tell from my profile that I am somewhere beyond that now.
Taking jokes completely seriously and explaining why they are wrong.
Making dry personal summaries.
Dry self-referential and self-deprecating humour.
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.
I think a lot of modern western media doesn't represent virtuous people and good things. That why I tend to like anime a lot more. Instead of senseless violence, or morally grey characters because apparently that's realistic and stories are supposed to be realistic, anime tends to explore good things and celebrate virtues like courage and friendship and becoming great. I like things like Madoka Magica and Full Metal Alchemist.
My favourite books are math books and philosophy books. At least, those are the sorts that I own. Logic, category theory, phenomenology. I also have a little bit of sci-fi/fantasy like Starship Troopers and HP Lovecraft.
For music, I listen to classical; I like the romantics, impressionists, and classics the most. Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Debussy, Brahms. I also listen to some modern electronic music. Usually things without lyrics because I find them distracting and usually not very meaningful or nice. Emancipator, Nujabes, Autechre.
I also play video games sometimes. I used to want to be a game designer. I play adventure and rpg games mostly. I also like watching competitive video games. Diablo 2, Ocarina of Time, Myst; watching LoL and Melee.
Physical contact with people
Math Overflow/Wikipedia/Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
What is most metaphysically fundamental?
What effect do philosophies like materialism have on how we see the world?
What does a mindset look like that is consistent with the findings of science but still admits most religious belief?
Considering arithmetic as a (possibly) total functional programming language, what implications do Godel's incompleteness theorems have on the pragmatics of using this language?
How do we ensure that artificial intelligence does what we intend for it to do?
Why does beauty seem to be a very good heuristic for what is good?
Which of the above questions should I be focusing on?
Message me if you think we could get along.
Otherwise, you can try messaging me with some idea that you think is important, but that not many people believe.
Alternatively, try answering 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?
Congratulations and thank you for making it all the way here.