MAN, n. An animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be. His chief occupation is extermination of other animals and his own species, which, however, multiplies with such insistent rapidity as to infest the whole habitable earth and Canada.
What does it mean to be human? What is human nature? What is the purpose of existence? Who are you?
you are descended from the gods;
Protip: God is not real and drugs are ok.
you are a political animal;
you desire to know;
STOP if you don't
some of you are by nature free while others are natural slaves;
you are the descendants of the split-apart halves of androgynous beings;
you are a featherless biped;
you are a random collection of atoms;
you are the children of Adam and made in the image of God;
you are either moral or amoral;
you are essentially good or basically evil;
you are ungrateful, voluble, dissemblers, anxious to avoid danger, and covetous of gain;
you are savages with lives that are solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short, and that you live in a state of war with one another and are capitalists at heart;
you have evolved from a more simple life form;
you are the product of your genes and defined by a genetic code;
you are the product of your memes and are defined by your cultural environment;
Gene-Culture Coevolution FTW
you have both body and spirit;
you are musical beings;
you were born free but are nonetheless in chains;
you were created equal and endowed with rights
you have an immaterial soul;
your soul is made up of many tiny robots;
A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings :D...
you are a figment of my imagination;
you are an evil demon controlling my senses;
you are epiphenomenal;
you are one with the universe;
you are sunlight that has condensed in to "ordinary matter";
you are a mote of dust hurtling around an orb of hydrogen in an insignificant part of the multiverse soon to be forgotten;
you are all of these things and none of them;
I am Oxygen (65%), Carbon (18%), Hydrogen (10%), Nitrogen (3%), Calcium (1.5%), Phosphorus (1%), Potassium (0.25%), Sulfur (0.25%), Sodium (0.15%), Chlorine (0.15%), Magnesium (0.05%), Iron (0.006%), Fluorine (0.0037%), Zinc (0.0032%), Copper (0.0001%), Iodine (0.000016%), Selenium (0.000019%), Chromium (0.0000024%), Manganese (0.000017%), Molybdenum (0.000013%), and Cobalt (0.0000021%).
γνῶθι σεαυτόν gnōthi seauton
I am a lover and a fighte, r and I have phil-, and -osophical problems
Saving dollars and learning while having as much fun as possible.
Start a business that will enable me to earn lots of dollars to pay independent contractors rupees while I live on pesos, so that I can become one of the capitalist overlords of our society. Protip: Get Financially Independent
Travel the world to build a rolodex of the greatest living scientists, philosophers, artists, mathematicians, engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, and social activists.
Determine which scientists, philosophers, mathematicians, engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, and social activists should be working together and leverage cash and charisma to facilitate their collaboration so that civilization doesn't become an EPIC FAIL.
To reproduce with a brilliant woman who wants to help me indoctrinate our children to be liberal intellectuals.
But, my life plan was more than you wanted, so to concisely answer this, when I'm not working, I learn hard and party harder.
As David Hume said, "Be a philosopher, but amist all your philosophy, be still a man."
Deserving what I want.
Getting public intellectuals to correspond with me.
Improving complex systems.
Biased (occasionally unbiased) constructive criticism of myself, others, and institutions.
Hurting women who are enamored with my good qualities, but unable to deal with the downsides to all this ambitious liberal intellectualism. (But, this profile is my most recent effort to prevent this from happening.)
Persuading groups of humans.
Overcoming human emotions and behaving rationally.
I'm really, really good at
helping sexually liberated women have multiple orgasms.
MAD, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence; not conforming to standards of thought, speech and action derived by the conformants from study of themselves; at odds with the majority; in short, unusual. It is noteworthy that persons are pronounced mad by officials destitute of evidence that themselves are sane. For illustration, this present (and illustrious) lexicographer is no firmer in the faith of his own sanity than is any inmate of any madhouse in the land; yet for aught he knows to the contrary, instead of the lofty occupation that seems to him to be engaging his powers he may really be beating his hands against the window bars of an asylum and declaring himself Noah Webster, to the innocent delight of many thoughtless spectators.
Sets of printed sheets, made of paper, fastened together to hinge at one side, that touched my heart:
The Giver, Ender's Game
Dead or soon to be dead humans who in many cases were able to replace whatever I thought (or hadn't imagined) about some particular subject with what they wrote in a book:
David Hume, Socrates, Diogenes, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Dennett, Peter Singer, Noam Chomsky, Michel Foucault, Paul Cohen, Kurt Gödel, Karl Popper, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Betrand Russell, Georg Cantor, Warren Buffett, Charles Munger, Confucius, Alan Turing, Richard Feynman, Alan Turing, Cicero, Cato, King Solomon, Thomas Paine, Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein. Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann, Werner Heisenberg, William Faulkner, Robert Frost, E.B. White, A.E. Housman
Why do groups of strangers like to gather together in the dark and watch a small group of other people pretend to be people who they are not, doing absolutely horrible things to each other, while also pretending that they are not observed?
Pulp Fiction. James Bond. Good Will Hunting. Scarface.
What is being lost is the magic of the word. I am not an image person. Imagery belongs to another civilization: the caveman. Caveman couldn't express himself so he put images on walls:
The Daily Show, Seinfeld, Curb your Enthusiasm, Bill Maher, Southpark, PBS's Closer To Truth, Edge Video, Prime Minister's Questions, Charlie Rose
Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass?
Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Chopin, Mahler, Dvorak, Brahms, Glass, Bjork, Frank Sinatra, Disney music, Jackson 5, El Ten Eleven, and Andrew Jackson Jihad.
ability to learn
A stoic rant:
"If you are distressed by any external thing, it is not this thing which disturbs you, but your own judgment about it. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now."
In my opinion, people who think that there are things that they couldn't live without need to go camping.
"Why do people believe in things for which there is no evidence and would it be a mistake to try and persuade them not to?"
"How can we improve our reward system for excellence in filtering, interpreting, and synthesizing the vast body of so-called information with which we are deluged."
"Why should I be good?"
"What is the crucial distinction between inanimate matter and an entity which can act as an 'agent', manipulating the world on its own behalf; and how does that change happen?"
"Will we find the will and the way to limit our population growth before the Biosphere does it for us?"
"How do we make long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare?"
There is no set whose cardinality is strictly between that of the integers and that of the real numbers.">"Is this statement true:
There is no set whose cardinality is strictly between that of the integers and that of the real numbers."
"Are numbers real?"
"Is there enough information in the observable universe to identify the fundamental laws of Nature beyond all reasonable doubt?"
"Why can our minds do physics? That is, why does the behavior of the physical world map so neatly onto mathematical laws, given that those laws are (arguably) strings of symbols that our brains happen to be capable of manipulating, apparently as a fortuitous byproduct of some evolutionary process that made our ancestors better adapted to dodging hyenas in the Rift Valley? Why is it that a person sitting in a chair in a room can, by using those leftover hyena-dodging and buffalo-hunting neurons to manipulate symbols in his head, design wing flaps for a 747, or figure out what was happening one femtosecond after the Big Bang?"
"A chimpanzee cannot understand Bessel functions or the theory of black holes. Human forebrains are a few ounces bigger than a chimp's, and we can ask many more questions than a chimp. Are there facets of the universe we can never know?
Are there questions we can't ask?"
Der bleibt ein Narr sein Lebelang.
looking for trouble that won't land me in jail.
Honestly if you can remember your Friday nights, and you aren't as big of a nerd as I am, then you need to drink more and party harder.
I'd like to think that I go to:
dinner parties, bacchanalia, live music, comedy, galleries, but I do not know.
Also I just realized I wasn't being clear about that 1,000,000 a year. My grandmother told me that a good man makes more money than his wife can spend. (She also said that a good woman is a woman who can find such a man, but she was rather old fashioned in her thinking, no?) I have been trying to buy back my company since some favorable technology developments have reduced my future costs. In other words, I spend most of my money on stocks. (I started getting messages from escorts, lol, I'm not interested in paying for sex, but thank you for the offer!)
you want to teach me something.
you want to possibly date me and my personality profile, which I have embedded below, sounds good to you:
"INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion "Does it work?" to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake ... INTJs are known as the "Systems Builders" of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause to an INFJ; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play ... Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ's Achilles heel ... This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals ... Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense."
INTJs are analytical. Like INTPs, they are most comfortable working alone and tend to be less sociable than other types. Nevertheless, INTJs are prepared to lead if no one else seems up to the task, or if they see a major weakness in the current leadership. They tend to be pragmatic, logical, and creative. They have a low tolerance for spin or rampant emotionalism. They are not generally susceptible to catchphrases and do not recognize authority based on tradition, rank, or title.
INTJs are strong individualists who seek new angles or novel ways of looking at things. They enjoy coming to new understandings. They tend to be insightful and mentally quick; however, this mental quickness may not always be outwardly apparent to others since they keep a great deal to themselves. They are very determined people who trust their vision of the possibilities, regardless of what others think. They may even be considered the most independent of all of the sixteen personality types. INTJs are at their best in quietly and firmly developing their ideas, theories, and principles.
Hallmarks of the INTJ include independence of thought and a desire for efficiency. They work best when given autonomy and creative freedom. They harbor an innate desire to express themselves by conceptualizing their own intellectual designs. They have a talent for analyzing and formulating complex theories. INTJs are generally well-suited for occupations within academia, research, consulting, management, engineering, and law. They are often acutely aware of their own knowledge and abilities—as well as their limitations and what they don't know (a quality that tends to distinguish them from INTPs). INTJs thus develop a strong confidence in their ability and talents, making them natural leaders.
In forming relationships INTJs tend to seek out others with similar character traits and ideologies. Agreement on theoretical concepts is an important aspect of their relationships. By nature INTJs can be demanding in their expectations, and they approach relationships in a rational manner. As a result INTJs may not always respond to a spontaneous infatuation but wait for a mate who better fits their set criteria. They tend to be stable, reliable, and dedicated. Harmony in relationships and home life tends to be extremely important to them. They generally withhold strong emotion and do not like to waste time with what they consider irrational social rituals. This may cause non-INTJs to perceive them as distant and reserved. Nevertheless, INTJs are usually very loyal partners who are prepared to commit substantial energy and time into a relationship to make it work.
As mates, INTJs want harmony and order in the home and in relationships. They are the most independent of all types. They will trust their intuitions about others when making choices of friends and mates, even in the face of contradictory evidence and pressures applied by others. The emotions of an INTJ are hard to read, and neither male nor female INTJ is apt to express emotional reactions. At times, both will seem cold, reserved, and unresponsive, while in fact INTJs are almost hypersensitive to signals of rejection from those for whom they care. In social situations, INTJs may also be unresponsive and may neglect to observe small rituals designed to put others at their ease. For example, INTJs may communicate that time is wasted if used for idle dialogue, and thus people receive a sense of hurry from an INTJ which is not always intended. In their interpersonal relationships, INTJs are usually better in a working situation than in recreational situations. They do not enjoy physical contact except with a chosen few."