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Hi! ☺ My name is Steve. I am a free thinking, skeptical atheist who by sheer chance, seems to have become a magnet for ✝Christ puppets✝ who seek my conversion to whichever sect of Christianity they advocate. This often results in fierce logical debates, where the meme infected Christian ends up with hurt feelings, while looking intellectually rather foolish in defense of their incredibly outdated, and factually flawed “holy” scriptures, the Bible. As you may have already surmised, I am an atheist living in the heart of what I consider to be, the Baptist Bible Belt.

As an atheist, I hold firmly to a naturalistic worldview, one free of any supernatural or mystical elements. This adherence includes not only a rejection of all deity based religions, but even the modern social humanist religions such as Humanism, Egalitarianism and Equalism, those worldviews which espouse an unrealistic, unworkable, multicultural voluntary mutual cooperation based society. Thus, I inexorably stand in direct opposition to dozens of Nobel laureates and countless prominent academics who endorse these views. I recognize that such idealistic archetypes are biologically impossible fantasy solutions to a naturally inherent race and gender based social disharmony, one which has vexed Mankind, and our generally acquisitive, profit motivated and racially segregated societies without redress, ever since the dawn of civilization. As a result, I am what one might deem a Racial Realist, one who holds Scientific fact above political correctness. This is not to be confused with racist which many people falsely perceive me to be. For counter example, it is reported on the U.S. Department of Justice website, Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Racial differences exist, with blacks disproportionately represented among homicide victims and offenders. In 2004, offending rates for blacks were 7 times higher than the rates for whites." When dealing with the issue of race, violence and crime, the notion of race and intelligence is concordant. Despite all the government spending for affirmative action, and the fervor of public assertions to the contrary, there has been no narrowing of the 15 to 30 point median IQ difference between Blacks and Whites. The difference is just as large today, as when it was first measured nearly 100 years ago. These differences, and the associated disparity in achievements, living standards, education levels, crime, and so on, are rooted in factors that are largely heritable, not cultural. These IQ differences are attributable to genetic differences in brain size, not to racism, stereotype, culture bias, or any of the other commonly cited suggestions.

In a paper titled, "Thirty Years of Research on Race Differences in Cognitive Ability" by J. Philippe Rushton of the University of Western Ontario and Arthur R. Jensen of the University of California at Berkeley, the authors' state: "Neither the existence nor the size of race differences in IQ are a matter of dispute, only their cause. The Black-White difference has been found consistently from the time of the massive World War I Army testing of 90 years ago to a massive study of over 6 million corporate, military, and higher education test takers in 2001. Race differences show up by 3 years of age, therefore they cannot be due to poor education since this has not yet begun to exert an effect." Studies using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) find a correlation of brain size with IQ of about 0.44. Larger brains contain more neurons and synapses, thus process information faster. Race differences in brain size are present at birth. By adulthood, Blacks average 5 cubic inches less brain matter than Whites, a deficit of approximately 6 percent over Whites. This 60 page review of Scientific evidence has concluded that race differences in average IQ are largely genetic, thus suggesting special policies such as affirmative action are indeed a pointless waste of taxpayer funding.

On the U.S. Department of Education website, in a speech given by Secretary of Education Rod Paige on March 26, 2002 he outlines, "On the 2000 NAEP reading assessment, 73 percent of white fourth-graders scored at or above the basic level, compared to only 37 percent of their black peers. The racial achievement gap is real, and, unfortunately, it is not shrinking." As his speech evolves, he states, "The genetic explanation explains the achievement gap by saying that achievement is strongly determined by intelligence, and that average intelligence is different for every race." He then continues, "They said that ... society should accept it as a given and focus on diminishing its consequences." This is the Scientific reality which I have accepted, however Mr. Paige goes on to say, "I reject [these] explanations for different reasons. Not only do they not explain the main cause of the gap, they also don't show us the way out." This is clearly a political, or more accurately, a religious response to the problem, one which is not founded in Scientific principles. I hope you are now able to appreciate why it is important for me to express my position, and to stress that I am a Racial Realist, holding the position of Scientist, not racist.

Now as for me, through a purely random chance process of natural antecedent genetics, possibly combined with a few heretofore unrecognized external forces and/or environmental factors, I came into this world with what some would deem as an advantage, while others might call this a curse. I was born of Highest Genius (+5.5 standard deviations from the mean; scoring septuple nines, in the 99.999998th percentile on the Stanford-Binet form LM, at the age of 9, with a measured IQ of 188). At the present time, there are only 6 living people (including myself) in the United States (129 living people worldwide) whose percentile scores match or exceed my own, a rarity of about one in every fifty million (50,000,000) persons. As a result of this extreme aberration, I naturally lust after all things intellectual! Also, I can't seem to limit myself to any one particular discipline. ☺ Science is tantamount to religion for me of course, but I also dearly love art and music, often painting and composing nearly as often as I am creating in the lab. Any person demonstrating such an extraordinary mastery (rather than mere exceptional aptitude or talent) in several different areas of human endeavor, as shown through their works and accomplishments, is known as a Universal Genius (UG). Universal Genius, as found in persons expressing these extreme amounts of intelligence, talent, associative horizon, and conscientiousness, due largely in part to the discontinuity of Genius, have historically been extremely rare.

If one must choose their own explication, then ostentatiously, I deem myself to be a polytechnical research scientist, however I primarily earn my living as an embedded applications design engineer, principally working in industrial automation and robotics. If you drive a Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth vehicle, which was manufactured between 1984 and 1992, then you have enjoyed the benefits of some of my program code! ☺ Also of interest; some of my software and hardware subassemblies have flown onboard various JPL/NASA robotic spacecraft, one mission in particular was the Stardust mission which returned to earth in January of 2006, bringing with her, the first interplanetary sample and return of extraterrestrial material since Apollo. Early in my career, I was a principle engineer with Atari, developing some of the first ever video game, and home computer systems. Sporadically, I have also been involved in the creation of theatrical electronic special effects (SF/X) and animatronics, used primarily in the science fiction entertainment and lasertag industries. It seems that I have always had a special fondness for strange looking objects that blink and move. ☺ Likewise, my involvement with computing and networking has been long standing, indeed I may be one of only a few thousand people who could claim to have the longest continuous presence on the Internet! When I first arrived online, the term “Internet” had not yet been coined, the network I was using at the time was called ARPAnet, which later merged with the other prominent networks at that time, such as BITnet, TYMnet, CSnet, and NSFnet, as well as the many smaller private networks, to form what we now know today as the Internet.

I could continue, ad infinitum, elucidating about my artificial intelligence engine project, my text to speech engine; bringing a clean and clear human voice to many of my robots, or my laboratory produced transgenic (genetically modified) lifeforms, both bacterial and mammalian ad nauseam, but will save all that for our personal conversations. ☺

I am intelligent, curious, and passionate
What I’m doing with my life

Right now I'm trying to create a whole new industry. I'm working to develop robots for farmers. Yeah, you may laugh now, but you'll be laughing even harder later! ☺ So far, the results have been quite extraordinary. In the past, I've developed robotic automation control for industry, and space exploration, however I'm now turning my talents toward an all together ignored, but incredibly important industry; agriculture! Just show me anyone to whom agriculture is NOT important (someone who doesn't eat). With the current downward trend in food pricing, the American farmer receives a steadily decreasing percentage of your total food budget. In order to survive economically, farmers have resorted to hiring low wage illegal Mexican day laborers. I hope one day soon to provide an even more cost effective legal alternative; robots! ☺ I do have this to say however, being an innovator in this area has proven to be of mixed blessing. Clearly, having an extremely high IQ sets any individual apart from the majority of society, in a few positive, and indeed many negative ways. Although intelligence clearly has a demonstrable advantage in business (and for survival in general), intelligence in males has also shown, by experience, to be a considerable disadvantage while seeking a mate. One study performed by the Social Sciences department at the University of Bristol, suggests a statistical 35% decrease in the likelihood of marriage for each positive deviation increase in intelligence (16 IQ points). Thus in my case, this reflects a 192.5% chance that I will never be married. It appears that in general, most women prefer men who are both dumb, and brutish. ☹ This trend is probably instinctive, rooted deeply in an ancient evolutionary survival advantage; for if you mate with a strong brutish man, you will produce strong brutish offspring, those better able to survive. Logically, even today, this still makes evolutionary sense, for on the playground, as well as in adult life, the strong and ruthless are always in charge, and thus command majority control over all human wealth and resources. You never hear reports of the dumb brutish kids (bullies) being picked on and domineered by nerds!

I’m really good at

All things Scientific! I'm particularly fond of the Physical Sciences, followed by Chemistry, and Medicine. I also appear to be quite adept at arguing with Christians, making them feel (and look) rather silly. Over the years, it has effectively become sort of an online hobby of mine. Often it seems that I am better able to quote their bible, citing passages of which they were totally unaware, and correcting many misconceptions of which they themselves were uncertain as to the origin. Perhaps the single greatest reason why more people aren't atheist today, given all that modern Science provides, is the fact that Christians don't actually know what's IN their bible; or maybe they do, but for some, possibly emotional reasons, choose to ignore the illogic. I will forever firmly adhere to my only commandment, which is to question everything that I am told, as any belief or viewpoint which is somehow above question, historically has eventually been shown to be false. This is especially true when any such questioning makes you feel in any way uncomfortable!

The first things people usually notice about me

I'm really tall, and really skinny. Six feet four inches, at one hundred fifty five pounds! I have a thirty two inch waist with a thirty six inch inseam! Some women like stick boys, and for those who do, I am the KING! ☺ I personally prefer the same build, oddly enough; women who are thin and frail, tall or petite. I've not had a lot of girlfriends in my life thus far, and only one girlfriend who was as tall as I, but I have to say, that hugging a tall girl was the best, AND for the first time in my life, with her, I actually enjoyed dancing. ☺ Another aspect which people often notice right away is that compared with most people, it seems that I am somewhat quirky; and likewise, I'm instinctively drawn towards other quirky people, especially quirky girls. ☺

Six things I could never do without
  1. Water
  2. Food
  3. Shelter
  4. Cartoons
  5. The Internet
  6. A special friend like you, to share it all with. ☺
I spend a lot of time thinking about

I think about just how much happiness I derive from reason, and how dismal life must be for the faithful. I think that the highest form of reason can only be found in the work of an Artist, for only Artists experience their art as such. For me, true happiness lies in the swiftness of thought; for all the rest of life seems slow, gradual and pointless. I often think about how much we could all learn from little children. Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things that don't belong to you. To say you're sorry if you hurt someone. That warm cookies and cold milk are good. To always live a balanced life. To learn, think, draw, paint, sing, dance, work and play a little bit each day. To take a nap every afternoon. To always be aware of the wonder. And when you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands, and to always stick together.

Just think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, all of us, had cookies and milk around 3 o'clock every afternoon, and then, go lay down together in a pile, all of us, with our favorite warm blankets, for a quick nap. Just think if we all had a basic social policy in our nation, and in every nation, not to take things that don't belong to us, to always put things back where we found them, and to clean up our own messes. And yes, it is still true, no matter how old we get, when we go out into the world, it is still best to hold hands and to always stick together. ☺

On a typical Friday night I am

Home alone, sitting in the dark in front of my computer. Yes, it is rather pathetic, but at least I'm being honest. ☺ If it weren't for my friends on the Internet, I really wouldn't even have a social life!

Probably the most impartial answer as to why I make such a claim, is that as I've grown older, I've generally become less cordial. Social activities with friends lately seems less rewarding, and indeed quite burdensome, both psychologically (read: DRAMA) as well as financially. I have always known, since before the Internet first formed, that the lowest cost, yet most satisfying manner of personal and social interaction, has always involved networked computers. ☺ Although I like to think of myself as frugal, others would probably classify me as a "cheapskate" — however to be candid, the best word to describe my character would probably be miserly. When all is said and done, after all the people that I know have fallen on hard times, I am always the last to go broke. So rare for me is such a poor economic state, that I am unable even to remember a time when last I was truly broke.

The most private thing I’m willing to admit

A pragmatic Genius knows, but would never admit, that real happiness is in feeling, and not in knowing.

You should message me if

If you are as interested as I, in all things Scientific, and love learning, exploring, and doing new, exciting things, and are looking for a kindred mate, someone to love, and who will deeply love you in return; someone with which to share all these fun and interesting things, then please write to me. ☺ I can't wait to hear from you, and to share ideas with you, and to grow as a person with you. ☺

This autobiographical narrative has been an attempt at the unvarnished truth, including the many irreligious and politically incorrect descriptors which have plagued my relationship attempts in the past. Thus, if after reading this biography you still feel some kind of (hopefully strong) connection, then by all means please contact me! ☺ Also, if it should show above that I have not logged on to my account here on OK Cupid for quite some time, then please write directly to my primary email address, squest @ questlabs dot org (of course you need to assemble the address using the correct syntax, as obfuscation was employed above to avoid any possible spam bots).

PLEASE NOTE: I respond to every message sent to me, so if you don't hear back from me, and you see that I have logged in since your last submission, then please resend your message, or feel free to use the questlabs email address (or both). I have confirmed through friends here, that OK Cupid has on occasion, failed to deliver messages sent to other members. Whether this was a temporary database glitch or a recurrent bug, I can't be certain, but I do know for a fact that some messages, for whatever reason, don't always make it to their intended recipients, and thus should be resent a second time, if only to be certain. ☺

Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiæ. —Aristotle
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