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My self-summary
I want to understand everything and try to avoid being wrong about anything. On the other hand, I absolutely love finding out I've been wrong. There's nothing like the excitement of learning that instead of something you believed for years, there's a realm of nuance ripe for mental exploration. I am interested in physics, math, programming, economics, politics, and psychology.

I enjoy hiking and being outdoors. I've hiked most of the Boulder trails and want to try the ones I haven't (notably South Boulder Peak and some of the paths up Green Mountain). My favorite local hike is Bear Canyon; I appreciate the variety of the spectacular and the subdued, and the birding is great.

I want to make the world a better place and am passionate about effective altruism. I'm not fussy about how I improve the world or which global problems I work on; my goal is to as much good as I can and I'm happy to choose whichever problem I'll be able to help with the most. My intention is to live relatively frugally and donate whatever I don't need to the most efficient charity I can find ( is great for this).

I don't naturally seek socialization, but I tend to enjoy being around other people anyway. The lack of a strong social drive makes it hard for me to make friends, but I've known the ones I have for many years and am very close to them. I enjoy conversations about virtually anything intellectual, and tend to focus on areas in which I disagree with other interlocutors. My brother once said he had "never seen a better living personage of devil's advocate."

I prefer one on one interaction to conversing in a group. When talking to multiple people I'll often think of something pithy on a topic right after the group moves onto another topic, so it's harder to discuss an issue in depth. I prefer listening to talking. I'm more interested in refining my opinions than in changing those of others.
What I’m doing with my life
I have a severe case of chronic fatigue syndrome so I am not able to do anything with my life. All that stuff I mentioned about liking the outdoors? That only applies when I'm feeling relatively good. Most of the time I'm not up for anything beyond sitting around playing computer games. When I feel good I like studying math and physics; I'm still technically a physics major and intend to try taking classes again when my health permits, but I don't except to be able to actually get a degree. I expect my life ten years from now will be about the same as it is today.
I’m really good at
Thinking rationally and abstractly; I'm great at identifying flaws in an argument, and I generally examine issues from the viewpoint of society as a whole instead of focusing on individuals. I also excel at anything academic, especially math and physics.
The first things people usually notice about me
My best guess is my lack of social skills. Of course, my absence of social skills could also lead to me being wrong about this.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I mainly read epic fantasy and books that seem liable to make me think.

Books - favorite fiction: "The Wheel of Time" by Robert Jordan, "Sword of Truth" by Terry Goodkind, "Stormlight Archive" and "Mistborn" by Brandon Sanderson (currently my favorite author), "The Inheritance Cycle" by Christopher Paolini, "Wars of Light and Shadow" by Janny Wurts.

Books - nonfiction I enjoyed recently: "Whistling Vivaldi : and other clues to how stereotypes affect us" by Claude M. Steele, "Meta Math! : the quest for omega" by Gregory Chaitin, "Who needs God?" by Harold Kushner, "Dolphin Diaries : my 25 years with spotted dolphins in the Bahamas" by Denise L. Herzing.

I also enjoy math and physics textbooks, the occasional mystery, and some less epic science fiction and fantasy.

TV shows: Star Trek (especially the ones involving bizarre ethical dilemmas or time travel), the Good Wife, Doctor Who, and Sherlock.
Six things I could never do without
Something challenging, something I can improve at, a good book, and a modicum of social interaction.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why is murder immoral? Could I accurately model the boiling of water in a pot by assuming constant energy and seeing whether the presence of an air bubble increases the entropy? Does God believe the statement, "God does not believe this statement"?
On a typical Friday night I am
Playing Magic: the Gathering at a local shop, most likely. Otherwise I'll do some combination of reading, homework, and computer games.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm terrible at recognizing faces. I occasionally wonder how a criminal mastermind could exploit this. The optimal strategy would probably involve dyeing and cutting his hair (I identify people primarily based on hair and voice) to match those of someone else who might have a motive but lacks an alibi, and ensuring that I'm the only witness. After committing the crime in a way that leaves no traces of DNA (perhaps something as simple as wearing gloves and tossing the murder weapon in a lake), it would be a simple matter of letting me testify. My testimony would include a large uncertainty, but I doubt the jury would care much about this detail after the prosecution builds a strong narrative explaining the purported motive of whoever was framed.
You should message me if
You are honest, intelligent, and open-minded. I want a relationship where we find each other interesting, learn from one another, and are perfectly willing to say what we think.
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