I write rhymes sometimes, 'cause I find it intriguin'
These lines that I'm speakin' are intended to send
A welcoming beacon to potential new friends
I'm geek and I'm nerd, unique and absurd
And freakin' eccentric like you've never heard.
So if you're undeterred, and you want to learn more
I might be the person that you're looking for
Hello, Bonjour, Guten tag, Hola, Ni hao, Konnichiwa, Olá, As-salamu alaykum, Namaste, Zdravstvuyte, Kamusta, Néih hóu, et cetera.
Welcome to my OKstupid profile. Here is some information to give you an idea of who I am and what I think. Feel free to back away slowly.
My name is Egan, and I may be the youngest eccentric old hermit you'll ever meet.
Yes, a social networking hermit. Like I said, eccentric.
I'm atheistic and a serious sceptic (or skeptic if you prefer) who has an interest in philosophy, science, and video/audio media.
I enjoy discussing the philosophy of science, and see scepticism and the scientific method as the best tools for making decisions in all aspects of life, without exception. I'm sceptical to a point that often enrages even self-described "skeptics". I won't call myself intellectual. I think if you call yourself intellectual on a page like this, you're not. I do not practice religion, smoke, use narcotics, or drink alcohol. I am a 27 year old male, but do not engage in most typically male behaviours. Depending on who you ask, I am either transgendered or transphobic, which I find hilarious. I'm male because I have a Y chromosome, which is all that "male" means. I'm probably a Ravenclaw. I'm fascinated with the structures and evolutionary relationships of languages. I think anyone who cannot cry during a movie has deep psychological problems. I'm told I'm a good cook. I use Oxford spelling, but tend not to capitalise. i've made a special effort for this profile, but i will not capitalise in most conversations.
According to the Myers-Briggs test, I am.... too sceptical to believe in the Myers-Briggs test.
Now, the above descriptions might make it seem that I am an extroverted person, but that's really not the case. I just know myself and am honest about what I think, even when I don't show it. I also completely lack tact, I'm not good at diplomacy, I say things without malice but without apology. if I ever say something that seems hurtful, keep in mind that it's never my intention to hurt. All you need to do is give me sufficient reason to think that what I said is untrue, or no longer true. I will change my mind. I don't see having strong opinions as being in conflict with being able to change my mind.
Give me a minute, I'll fill a newspaper with columns,
Cause people saying that I got an attitude problem,
I just say the things that I know I feel are real,
I peel back the skin 'till the nerves reveal
But sometimes, you know what, I just don't care,
I'm gonna speak my mind and let everybody stare
You want to let it all out, I'll show you how
You want to tell me I'm wrong, we can do it right now
I can't take people seriously who believe in the supernatural, the paranormal, nonscientific medicinal practices, pseudosciences like astrology, or other silly belief systems like veganism or libertarianism. I also can't take people seriously who stereotype themselves and act/dress/talk the way society says people of their gender/race/class/sexuality/hair colour/age ought to act. It's like trying to seriously evaluate someone's opinion when they're wearing a giant foam cowboy hat and a tutu. Genuine personalities don't require costumes.
I also generally can't stand people who do the opposite; deliberately and intentionally try to do the opposite of every stereotype, or try to be shocking. I don't like fashions, cliques, subcultures, etc. If a person or thing can be described with a single word, I don't want it. I particularly dislike faux-hippie culture and "guy" culture.
Hope you won't think it's cliché if I go nude today
Don't call the cops now, baby, I perform this way
No reason I should regret all the attention I get
I'm not completely crazy, I perform this way, yeah
I perform this way-hey, I perform this way-hey
I'm always deviating from the norm this way-hey
I perform this way-hey, I perform this way-hey
I'm really not insane -- I just perform this way-hey
-Weird Al Yankovic
Don't be offended if I don't remember your name or face, I have difficulty telling humans apart.
I am polyamorous. For those that don't know, that means I think a relationship can be strong enough and close enough that having other relationships at the same time is not in any way threatening to that. What I "practice" (it really doesn't require enough dedication for that word) is a form of polyamory called relationship anarchy. I feel however I feel about people and don't worry about what to call it. However, even though I'm open to one or more relationship should they develop, I'm not here seeking one, and I'm certainly not one of those poly people who just HAS to have more than one..
Your love is one in a million
You couldn't buy it at any price
But of the 9.999 hundred thousand other possible loves
Statistically some of them would be equally nice
I don't believe in pursuing friendships or sexual relationships; I like to get to know people, hopefully make friends, and let that friendship take whatever form it may. I'm not into "getting laid".
I'm hip, the hop is livin'
I skip the obvious women
Don't get what I'm presenting
No rims, my mind is spinning
I consider myself a very sex-positive person. I think a healthy sexuality is good for you, and I do not believe sexuality should have to be a private and hidden thing. I consider the treatment of sexuality as dirty or shameful to be immoral, and the idea of introducing dirty or shameful things into sexuality, particularly nonconsent and violence, to be a desecration, even in "play". I have no concept whatsoever of "kink", I think kink is exactly as sex-negative as prudishness, and indicates an unhealthy sexual outlook. Sex is about joy and beauty.
I need you
Like a fish needs the sea
Like a fire needs oxygen
Like a flower needs a bee
And if you really care for me
You'd let me video you while you wee
Standing up in the bath,
I shouldn't even have to ask
Perhaps you'll even store
a little more in a flask
These are just the things that people do
When their love for one another is true
Sexually, i'm very strongly attracted to a lot of different kinds of women. I often find myself checking out women who other guys wouldn't be caught dead checking out, and I'm genuinely baffled as to why they don't. I've been told I have low standards, but I find this insulting. What I really have is an appreciation for different varieties of beauty. But only when they're genuine, not manufactured or copied. If some trait has ever been hailed as attractive in a TV commercial or magazine, I'm probably turned off by it. The best phrase I've heard for that kind of look is "calculated to ten decimal places". I don't like it, and i don't find it looks human. I'm talking gangly, lanky bodies, dyed hair, piercings, high heels, makeup, tanned skin, etc. I think women look best as whatever colour they happen to be, and I'm not impressed by fashionable torture devices. So if you have blue hair and a piece of metal through some part of your face, it's safe to say you're not my type.
Seriously, what's with white girls on this site and sticking metal through their noses and lips?
Justin brought sexy back
But that sexy's a cheap one
So we brought that sexy back
And exchanged it for a refund
I'm not into "dating", a date seems to me like some sort of job interview. I don't agree with the idea of marriage. I'm totally incapable of being sexually attracted to men, but I'll talk with anyone who's reasonable, no matter what they are or who they like. I think many people assume I'm gay because I don't pursue women. This really doesn't bother me, except that I have no way of knowing if there are women interested in me that are giving up on that basis. Or maybe I'm flattering myself.
Wo hui shuo yi dian Putonghua, ke shi wo shuo da bu hao. I'd love a chance to learn more; languages fascinate me.
Everyone's sleeping through life
Afraid that their questions
Just might have answers
Everyone shut off their mind
So I'll turn on mine
-Dead By Sunrise
I think scepticism (or in American, skepticism) and critical thinking are the only things that can straighten this species out. Visual media seem to be the most effective means by which humans are educated these days, especially from fiction, so my goal in life is to work on films that spread the idea of rational thought into our culture.
Science adjusts it's beliefs based on what's observed
Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved.[...]
Does the idea that there might be truth
Does the idea that one afternoon
On Wiki-fucking-pedia might enlighten you
I'd like to see a return to what existed in ancient Athens, where people discussed philosophy routinely, like people today discuss sports or the weather, and even gained social status from it. Less executions, though.
I have a dream of a scene between the green hills
Clouds pull away and the sunlight's revealed
People don't talk about keeping it real
It's understood that they actually will
And intoxicated and stimulated emcees
Staring in the trees, paranoid, are gone in the breeze
[...]And everybody speaks in a dialect of rhyme
Emcees have left materialism behind them
I absolutely adore sound. I find it so expressive and visceral. A sound is a vibration, so it's more like a touch than a mere sight is. In visual and audio media, sound is like physical contact with whatever is being portrayed to you. Nothing draws you into the experience like a sound that shakes your bones. Even in person, when something happens, it is the sound that has the strongest emotional impact. My interest is in the art of manipulating sounds to express certain feelings. As a result, I've developed a habit for imagining what the sounds around me could be made to sound like with the right manipulation, and I frequently freeze and have an "eargasm" when I hear a particularly unusual sound. I would like nothing better than to acquire the technical skills to make a profession out of this. I would like to meet some writers and filmmakers with a similar philosophical outlook to mine and create some art that will help people see things in a new, and more rational, way.
And as you'll notice, I can really go on sometimes.
I run a group on Facebook called "Sceptical Poly". We are always looking for new members. If you are a sceptic and polyamorous, please look it up.
Now, I'm only on here on the off chance that I might spot somebody I would get along well with, so unlike most guys on here (so i've been told), i'm not just contacting everyone who's available. I rarely send messages and I've never received a serious one. If I don't send a message, it doesn't mean i'm not interested, I just tend to keep to myself. If I do send a message, I would appreciate some kind of reply. Even something harsh beats silence.
Things that are a MUST in anyone I would consider becoming close friends with:
A rational, empirical mindset
A willingness to discuss anything and everything
The ability to disagree without making a disagreement personal
Acceptance that I am what I am (atheist, polyamorous, heterosexual) and I am so honestly
Enough sense not to believe in the supernatural. I mean, come on.
I'm getting tired of websites like this. Other sites give me nothing but "fun loving party girls" (yuck), and this one tries to match me with a lot of pretend hippies and pretend bisexuals. I'm looking for people who are unique, but GENUINELY so, not as a pretense.
I'm sure that's one of the parts of my profile that puts people off. It's probably easy to dismiss me offhand as somehow bigoted. That couldn't be further from the truth. I merely value authenticity. I'm not a typical BC granola. I hold egalitarian opinions because I empirically judge them to be beneficial; not merely to comply with local social norms. As such, I embrace diversity when it is authentic, and have no patience for put-ons and pretense. A lot of people in the first world actually find persecution enviable, and will strive to identify in ways that will justify labelling themselves as victims, but only because in their social context, it is in fact an automatic source of acceptance and approval. I find this detestable precisely because there are real victims, who are not so readily applauded for being different.
We are the fortunate ones
Who've never faced oppression's gun
We are the fortunate ones
Imitations of rebellion
I'd like to meet people who work in film and media, especially writers who share some of my core philosophical values, and discuss how to present these ideas to people. In particular, I have this idea about a film portraying several characters losing religion in a variety of ways and feeling uplifted by it.
I exercise my right to express when I feel it's time
It's just all in your mind, what you interpret it as
I say to fight, you take it as I'mma whip someone's ass
If you don't understand, don't even bother to ask
In person, however, it seems that I don't LOOK smart, whatever that means. Maybe because I don't wear glasses (though I'm starting to need them). I'm very nice to pleasant people, and very cold to unpleasant people. I'm very socially awkward at first, I suspect some people think I'm autistic or something. Or just very rude.
People probably notice my clothes first. I wear my wallet on my belt, I wear shoes with toes, weird stuff like that.
Star Trek (NOT the crappy reboot!)
The Man From Earth
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Deep dish pizza
Avatar: The Last Airbender
The Legend of Zelda
An Idiot Abroad
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
Heroes Of The East
The Demon-haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark
This Film Is Not Yet Rated
The Invention Of Lying
Fuck: The Documentary
That Mitchell And Webb Look
Once Upon A Time In China
the Day The Earth Stood Still
Ask me for my Facebook if you want a complete list.
I'm interested in philosophy and film, particularly in the combination of the two. I collect movie and TV props.
The best way to describe my taste in art would probably to say that I like things that are a little bit beautiful and a little bit badass, a merging of the elegant and the epic.
Woodstock mixed with some '88 Compton
Lucy in the sky with a sawed-off shotgun
-Get Busy Committee featuring Mike Shinoda
I enjoy narrative (Film, television, novels, video games, audioplays) genres such as Science Fiction (Sci-fi), Cyberpunk, Drama, Historical, Martial Arts, Wuxia and certain other kinds of Fantasy (not the generic knights and mages kind). I far prefer films with complex plots, philosophical undertones, and which blend different genres together. Star Wars, for example, is a western, a science fiction, a war film, a political thriller, and a Wuxia fantasy all at the same time.
I have extremely selective taste in music. I like music that does something new and experimental, rather than following tired old formulae, but not so experimental that it loses its structure and becomes noise. I prefer music to be blended and combined rather than adhered to. Genres such as Hip-Hop, Orchestral, Celtic, Rock, Electronica, Metal, and elements of many kinds of Folk music (Scottish, Irish, Spanish, Arabic, Indian, Chinese, native, just about anything) sound very good together, but I rarely find them interesting independantly. I enjoy well written and complex Rap verses, complex harmonies and rhythms, and layered sounds that create a deep, 3 dimensional soundscape.
I don't play video games often, but there are some I absolutely adore. I don't play video games because of the gameplay or the challenge, but because of the narrative and the visual style. I like to say that if something wouldn't make a good book, it won't make a good film or game.
I enjoy documentaries about human behaviour, ideas, and customs, that make you think about what people do and why.
Yes, I'm a nerd.
This nerd's blowing up, it's a phenomenon
That you couldn't copy if you kamikazed Comic-con
I adore words. The right words in the right order conveying the right idea is a powerful beauty in and of itself. Ironic, then, that I myself am usually a stammering inarticulate mess.
On this site I spend most of my time thinking about terminology. The words people use in regards to relationships baffle me.
First off, "dating" and "going out". To me, these imply not an emotionally and sexually intimate relationship, but an arrangement where one person (let's face it, this means "the man") takes another person ("the woman") places and spends money on them in exchange for sexual favours and an enhancement of their social standing. Yeah, no. That's not for me. The questions on this site frequently describe something called a "first date", which seems to be two people who don't know each other getting together (on "the man's" dollar of course) to try and negotiate whether or not to try and force a relationship to form. I cannot think of any situation less desirable.
Bizarrely, one gets the impression from the language on this site that couples are supposed to go on a certain number or dates before they are virtually required to stop going on dates, and start having a relationship. At this point they are said to be "dating". They stop going on dates and start dating.
Dating is when you don't go on dates anymore. That's insane.
But even in the context of a more genuine relationship, what do you call the person you're relating to? Obviously "husband" and "wife" refer to a specific bonding ritual I have no interest in, and heavily imply one having possession over the other. "Boyfriend" and "girlfriend" imply to me a relationship built on convenience ("Well, we're near each other and don't hate each other. Given the lack of other options, we might as well have a relationship"), and of course on "dating". People feel socially obligated to have a relationship, so they tend not to mind so much who it's with, so long as they have one.
(Do you need anybody?)
I just need somebody to love
(Could it be anybody?)
I want somebody to love
"Other half" implies a state of incompleteness or dependence. "Significant other" means.... dafuq does that mean anyway? Even the old standby "partner" implies teamwork in some endeavour. "Sexual partner" makes sense, but only describes taking part in a physical activity. "Life partner" suggests two people sharing one life, giving up their individuality and becoming one person, which most people find romantic, but I personally find deplorable.
While we're at it, what does "romance" imply? To me it suggests a quaint poetic notion of eternal love and devotion; exclusive and possibly even predestined. Obviously this is ludicrous, and completely style-over-substance. It's a fantasy.
And there again, "devotion". As well as "serious relationship" and "dedication" and "commitment", they have on the one hand the very noble meaning of strength of feeling, and a willingness to put yourself on the line for someone; treat their needs as equal to your own. These are definitely positive things, and are what I mean by these terms. But most people see them as having an inherent aspect of exclusivity, that these feelings can be felt for one person only, and even that feeling anything close to them for anyone else makes them inauthentic and meaningless. I'm not a believer in monogamy, I don't think any of these feelings can be limited in this way even if one wants them to be.
Even the term "relationship" is defined too narrowly. Technically, any interaction with another mind is a relationship. It literally means the state of relating with someone.
What I would have with a "partner" is a friendship. This term is often devalued, implying a more casual interaction, but I consider friendship to be the most important relationship anyone can have. To me, a friendship is a connection between minds, and a deep trust. A friend is someone you can share your vulnerabilities with without having to worry about being taken advantage of. It's an emotional and intellectual intimacy. While this can definitely run deeper with the added aspect of physical and sexual intimacy, it Is still immensely valuable without that, and with it, it's still the mental aspects that are most important, not the physical.
I find that "buddy" much more accurately describes a more casual acquaintance. I'm not really interested in buddies.
Don't even get me started on "love". Jeeeesus.
I don't have a high school diploma.
I had a vasectomy when I was a virgin.
I have a phobia of enjoying music in front of other people.
I'm getting grey hairs.
Speaking of hair, I'm absurdly hairy. I'm talking Robin Williams hairy.
I'm grizzly-esque, you bet he thinks the Yetis wonder "Is he blessed?"
My shoulder hair sheen like a solar flare
I'm a polar bear seeking out a bowl of Nair
Was he fuzzy from his childhood or early days?
Every time I cook I guzzle up a dozen curly strays
- Watsky featuring Intuition
I have never been with a straight girl.
I have never had someone find me attractive and tell me so.
Those last two actually describe a sort of virginity I still haven't lost. I've never had the experience of someone who is attracted to me physically and has sexual desire for me on that physical level. My recent partner was attracted to me mentally and emotionally, and that's the most important kind of attraction that I could never do with out, but I had a physical attraction, or a sort of animal lust, for her that she couldn't reciprocate as a homosexual woman, so I've never experienced anyone feeling that kind of lust for me, let alone acting on it. I want to have that experience, but only if it comes with the same level of emotional and mental attraction. Not that I expect to, because I don't suspect that anyone who is attracted to men would find me attractive. I often say that the only kind of person who would find me attractive would have to be somebody with a thing for early hominids.
As I said above, I may seem outgoing online, but in person, I'm the farthest thing from. I actually suffer from some pretty intense social anxieties. I am extroverted by nature but extremely inhibited, I take some time to get used to people. This is why I'm unloading all my weird onto pages like this, because it isn't evident in person for a long time, and I think it would be more likely to freak people out to see a quiet and reserved person suddenly blurt out an oddball thought out of nowhere.
When you don't know me, I appear very shy, very quiet, a loner, and depressed. I get especially shy around attractive girls, because I don't want to seem too forward, and I don't know where the boundaries are and I hate the guesswork and the ambiguity of it all. This unintentionally comes off as standoffishness, irritation, or rudeness, and I don't know how to find a middle ground.
When you get to know me well, I start to open up, perhaps too much, and it becomes clear that I'm thoughtful, honest, and a little bit insane, and I can start spewing strange ponderings in overwhelming quantities. In a relationship, I become very openly and unashamedly sexual, and enjoy a lot of gentle physical contact. I find it very rewarding to express how a woman's beauty makes me feel, and I just generally feel good about myself when I make others feel good about themselves because I think they really deserve it. All of this is really deeply buried beneath years worth of inhibitions and fears, which has a lot to do with why it feels so freeing to finally open up. I'm very vulnerable at that point, and I'm usually scared someone will take advantage of that and try to humiliate me in some way.
You're intelligent and unique, not pretentiously pretending to be.
You think you can handle anything, no eccentricity too weird. Because believe me, this isn't the half of it.
You feel like a primatologist whenever you observe people. Or better yet, like an alien.
If you're a woman, you have self respect. I'm not interested in women who see themselves as a piece of meat. I'm talking to you, neck-down profile picture.
To the opposite extreme, if you are some kind of misandrist, I am again not interested. Talking to you, feminists. I consider men and women 100% equal. That may not be fashionable right now, but I don't care about fashion, and I don't care about people who do care about fashion. I will not tolerate sexism. If you support gender equality, and would like to talk to a male who does not treat himself like a piece of meat, I want to hear from you.
You probably should not message me if:
You believe in ideas that are without evidence
You believe that it's okay for people to believe things without evidence
You've ever used the word "sheeple" without irony
You believe all views are equal
You believe that WHAT you are (race/gender/sexuality/hand dominance/height/whatever) is defining of WHO you are
You are more interested in being seen as being socially conscious than in actually finding out whether the causes you advocate are really worthwhile
You are more interested in being seen as health conscious than in actually finding out if there is any science behind your health choices
You're into "kink" or anything else that degrades sexuality into something negative
You call yourself "spiritual". Spirits aren't real
You call yourself "queer". That's insulting to people who aren't strictly hetero
If you actually feel compelled to mention blue jeans and pickup trucks in your profile, y'all best saddle up and hit the trail. I moved here to get away from redneck stuff.
If you're one of those people who gets off on "identifying" as things, or having "lifestyles", or being part of a "community", move along. I'm interested in individuals.
Our revolution is quickly becoming a catchphrase[...]
This is a public service announcement to [any] corporate, government, or individual body using a good idea as a marketing tool to choke the folks who spoke it first
I'm very disappointed in the level of conformity of thought I'm seeing in my high matches in the Vancouver area. Some very fashionable political views and personality types, but not a lot of independent thought. I just want to talk to someone who forms their own opinions, rather than merely soaking them up from their surroundings.
Such people as described above are more than welcome to tell me why they think I'm full of shit.
As I said above, if I view your profile and don't send a message, it doesn't mean I'm not interested, it's possible I just couldn't think of anything to say, and I don't want to be that guy who just says "hey, what's up?" (I know how annoying it is to get those messages) so don't take that as a reason not to contact me. If we exchange messages and you decide not to talk to me, please say so and I will leave you alone. If you just don't have time to reply, but want to, please say so. Don't just leave me wondering.
I've gotten tired of not being able to tell who has liked me on this site without paying money, so I've started messaging people to let them know that I've liked them, just to prevent ambiguity. If you've liked me, please send me a message to let me know and hopefully break the ice.
Message me if you can explain why only guys visit my profile.
Note: I reply in kind to one line messages. "How are you?" gets you "I'm alright". "What's up?" gets you "Not much". It's basic courtesy to try to make conversation of substance.
Please let me know what you think of my profile. It's hard to tell how I come across in text like this without hearing the impression of someone who doesn't know me. Constructive criticism like "adding song lyrics is lame" would be welcome.