I am a Neutral Good, Muggle Empiricist with a penchant for deep thought, a love of sincerity, and no soul. On a good day I am The Doctor, on a bad day I am Frankenstein.
I try and be a kind and gentle person. I'm quite boring, but also a passionate intellectual. My first and truest love is the pursuit of truth (known by some as learning, or science in certain contexts). I greatly enjoy the company of children and teenagers, and would really want to be a teacher if I didn't despise the school system like I do.
Most of my free time goes towards studying artificial intelligence, which I think is something of a big deal. Seriously, if you have any experience in the field, I'm begging you to message me so that I can talk your ear off. (Please!)
I'm not a sexual person. And what I mean by that is not that I don't like physical sex, but that I don't pursue sexual relationships (a.k.a. don't send me "flirty" messages or winks, please). I'm very happy being myself and having friends, and haven't ever really felt the need to change that. I figure that one day I'll meet someone who is so amazingly awesome that I'll fall deeply in love, but that day is in the future and I don't need to chase it.
I identify as academic, amoralist, anarchist (peaceful), anti-authoritarian, asexual (for the most part), atheist, autodidact, cyborg, eccentric, egoist, engineer, environmentalist, feminist, gamer, geek, hippy, idealist, intellectual, liberal, libertarian, mad-scientist, mathematician, naïve, nerd, nihilist, obsessed, pacifist, pansexual, philosopher, polymath, rationalist, skeptic, scholar, scientist, transhumanist, unschooler, utilitarian, voluntaryist, and weird.
I write sometimes. I memorize poetry. I make games for fun. I used to do a lot of (table-top) roleplaying.
Most of what I do is think. I have lots of ideas, some of which I talk about on my blog.
I'm always looking for friends. Don't be shy. ^_^
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
My primary goal in life is to use oxygen and sugar to build adenosine triphosphate. I'm pretty good at it, and I plan to keep it up as long as I live. (I'd probably give it up if it happens to one-day be more practical to live as a simulation of my meat-form.)
On the side I study. Self-improvement is what I love to do, and I'm a voracious logovore, ever on the prowl for a deep and fascinating subject. My primary discipline is maths, and if I were keen on putting myself into boxes, I'd call myself a math-major. But really, I do claim to have a goal for learning, and it revolves more around cognitive science than math. I hope to learn how minds work to such a degree that, if I chose to, I could build one.
I tutor. I build software. I clean house. I play a lot of computer games. I listen to problems. Maybe someday I'll be skilled enough to build kick-ass robots, or grow lots of yummy veggies in a garden.
But my life, in the end, is spent loving people and being loved.
Everything else is secondary (yes, even metabolism).
I suppose I can use that to segue into mentioning an OkCupid question that I seem to be in the minority on, and why I think most people get it wrong. If you'd like to disagree with me on this, send me a message! I'd love to talk about it.
Question: "Would you be willing to genetically modify your child's embryo to ensure that the child will be endowed with traits you desire?"
Answer that many people give: "No - homogenizing gene pools weakens species"
Why this is wrong: Now, it is true that having many individuals with identical gene patterns can increase the power of disease in finding a foothold in a species. In this sense, diversity helps keep the species strong by making it harder for a disease to change hosts and survive. The problem is that, for this to rule out genetic engineering, the following four statements would need to be true.
1) A large number of parents would genetically modify their children.
2) Genetic modifications were all (roughly) the same, and not tailored to the specific individual.
3) The advantages gained in having a GE boosted immune system wouldn't offset the cost of having a similar genome to others.
4) Disease was so dangerous in this hypothetical future that it'd be worth giving up advanced intelligence and avoiding the risks of genetic diseases just to ensure a small degree of genetic diversity.
Any one of those statements I might be willing to buy, but the multiplied probabilities of each of them makes the whole argument very weak. I can understand not wanting to GE your kid; there's something creepy about it. Just don't try to pass your aversion onto science -- own it as the fear of the unknown that it is.
Notes: There are rational reasons to avoid genetic engineering. You can attack it from the perspective of wanting to avoid social stratification, or perhaps fear of damaging people in ignorance. My point is about homogenizing the gene pool, not about other ethical problems. (Though in general, as a transhumanist and an optimist, I am pro-GE.)
Some Movies: Her, Black Swan, Whisper of the Heart, Pan's Labyrinth, Good Will Hunting
Television: The Wire, Dollhouse, Community
Comics/Sequential Art (NOT COUNTING WEBCOMICS!): Watchmen, Death Note, Transmetropolitan
Webcomics: Gunnerkrigg Court, Dinosaur Comics, MSPA, xkcd
Music: Clint Mansell, Enya, Rammstein, Phoenix, Movits!, Beethoven, Pink Floyd, so many others...
Vidjagames: League of Legends, Half-life, Professor Layton, Starcraft, Battle for Wesnoth
Food: Pomegranates, Fruit in general, Salads of exotic composition, Saag, Curry, Sushi
Oh, also: HPMOR
As part of this obsession I spend a lot of my time on math, neuroscience, machine learning, cognitive psychology and machine ethics.
I'll quote St. Yudkowsky on this:
"I don't feel smart except on special days when I understand something awesome, and even then it's often an odd feeling because 90% of the time I'm understanding something that somebody else understands much better. At other times I can *feel* myself trapped in this tiny brain that can just barely support my own thought processes, or worse, I know that I'm tired and *can't* do the abstractions of my smarter self - it's a very claustrophobic feeling. And then with a few exceptions everyone else seems insane."
(I'm an incredibly open person, and there's plenty more that I'd admit to, but I'm concerned it'd throw people off to share too much.)
IF YOU WANT A RESPONSE, INCLUDE THE WORD *UMBRELLA* IN YOUR INITIAL MESSAGE. I might respond even if you don't, but I'm much more likely to believe that you read my profile if you do.
"So much has been done — more, far more, will I achieve: treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation..."