john_alexander
27 Vancouver, Canada
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My self-summary
TL;DR I am far less cool than I think I am. Philosophy nerd, and all-round geek who enjoys tabletop games and chatting about what we know, how we know it, and how we can justify saying we know it.

So you know, a fun time -.-

To maybe show my nerdy side a biiiit too much right off the bat: I'm huge into statistics and data. Properly conceived and executed studies can get past the 'common sense' answers (that are so very often entirely wrong) and down into the real heart of social, political and ethical questions. If you can blind me with stats and real evidence, you've got me in the palm of your hand. I am also in the process of building my own tabletop game.

I'm pretty kinky, and also pretty geeky. I have a love of discovery and knowledge. I love psychology, sociology and general sciences, but am currently studying my way through the Cognitive Systems program at UBC.

I dance like an idiot. I can't dance well, but I can dance AWESOME, and that's good enough for me.

I love talking esoteric mindstuff like human bias, politics and philosophy.
What I’m doing with my life
Going back to school. After much major-switching, I have settled on Cognitive Systems at UBC.

Getting back into music. I play bass and drums, and I'm having a blast with both.
I’m really good at
High-fives! I'm very good at forgetting my age when asked. I play bass and drums passably well.

Trial-and-erroring my way through computer software issues. I know just enough to know what not to do, but not enough to suss out a problem just by looking at it. I spend inordinate amounts of time poking my computer.
The first things people usually notice about me
The moustache. If you're really observant, the fact that my eyes are different colours - brown and green. I actually have a scar on my chin and a dimple in one eye from the accident that caused my eye colour change. I am not naturally heterochromatic.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
MUSIC:
Tool
Russian Circles
Karnivool
Porcupine Tree
OSI
RUSH

TV:
Battlestar Galactica
The West Wing
Firefly
Orphan Black
Generation Kill
Star Trek: TNG
Stranger Things
Breaking Bad

MOVIES:
There Will be Blood
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Yes, it's awful. Don't care)
District 9
Children of Men
Gravity
Synecdoche New York

BOOKS:
This Idea must Die
The Bas-Lag Cycle
The Darkness that Comes Before

Philosophy non-fiction
The six things I could never do without
People. I adore being with people. Even if I don't know them, just being in a group of energetic people makes me feel better.

After hanging out with people; a lot of alone time to recharge my batteries.

Art. Not necessarily picture art (though that is great too) but the always-ephemeral 'art' as a broad definition. Theatre, film, song, dance; all of these are art and all of these are essential to the formation and continuation of culture. Without art, humanity would be unrecognizable.

More precise than the loose term 'art'; making music and writing.

For those of you not keeping count, this list is not comprised of six things.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Tropes. DAMN YOU T.V. TROPES WIKI! You have ruined my life!

Metacognition. Thinking about thinking. Thoughts, and where they come from.

Related to metacognition, neurobiology; how the brain works.

Related to neurobiology; psychology, sociology, philosophy and the like.

Current events and history.

How to live a happy, healthy and meaningful life.
On a typical Friday night I am
Nothing happens with sufficient regularity to be called 'typical', but I guess I'll either be at home, or gaming with friends, or doing homework. Sometimes I go out to events and parties.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Particle accelerators totally give me a hadron.

I'm on a dating site.

Sometimes, I poop. It's true! Just don't tell anyone.

I play Dwarf Fortress. Sometimes, I think taking up heroin would have been less addictive.

I will talk myself into obscurity with alarming regularity, and go off on tangents about some of the most obscure knowledge I have.
You should message me if
If the rest of my profile didn't convince you, I can't think of anything else I could say to change your mind, but here goes:

I'm an off-beat, geeky dude, so if you're into that, go ahead and message me. Fair warning though, I am gregarious like a madman. I will talk like we're best friends right from the get-go.

I'm also not one for sending messages back and forth endlessly. I'd rather meet in person.
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