Interests: waterfalls, wildflowers, board/card games, cognitive science, economics, aspergers, positive psychology, futarchy, mind uploading, molecular nanotechnology, AI, schelling points, superrationality, evolutionary psychology, transhumanism, libertarian, cryonics, the singularity, prediction markets, seasteading/dynamic geography, being nude.
When the crowd in Life of Brian roars "We're all different!", I'm the one who responds "I'm not". Friends sometimes wonder what planet I'm from (I'm obviously part Vulcan).
I'm more interested in cuddling than in sex.
I avoid crowds (especially in noisy rooms - something about the way my attention works deters me from thinking well in these conditions), and prefer small group activities such as a hike with the SF Hiking Club (especially trips where I might see wildflower species that I haven't identified yet), or a card game or board game such as Kingdom Builder,Powergrid, Dominion, or the Great Dalmuti.
I typically do hikes in the 8-20 mile range. My favorite trails when the wildflowers are out have mixtures of meadows and trees, such as in Henry Coe or near Murietta Falls.
During the rainy season, I sometimes get obsessed with finding new waterfalls. Reading maps to find the unexplored creeks most likely to have a good waterfall is just the right amount of intellectual challenge to stimulate my mind. Even if I only find a few small ones, I get good scenery and exercise. When I find one that's twice as big as I'd hoped, I feel the kind of awe that I associate with first seeing the monolith in the movie 2001. But I sometimes find it hard to relate to people who complain that the bad weather has kept them indoors, when I'm wondering whether I have the energy to handle any more of this good weather.
I've spent a good deal of time researching how the human mind works both out of curiosity and a desire to improve myself. Two books that have helped me become a happier person are Authentic Happiness and Stumbling on Happiness.
If I retire, I hope to visit the far edge party, but I'll probably leave before it gets crowded enough to risk forming black holes.
I'm comfortable with poly relationships. I could probably be comfortable with monogamy as well, but the people I find interesting tend not to be monogamous.
If you like to hear white lies, I'm the wrong person for you.
If I haven't told you what you want to know about me, it's probably because I haven't figured out that you're interested in it rather than because I'm trying to hide anything. If in doubt, ask questions that are more specific (I'm less responsive to vague questions).
I am thoughtful, eccentric, and reliable
That I often wear t-shirts with odd slogans.
Blog: Overcoming Bias
Movies: Harvey, Rocketeer, Ruthless People, Life of Brian, Toys, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), The Gods Must Be Crazy, Kiss the Bride, Latter Days, Shortbus
Music: Vivaldi, Tom Lehrer.
Food: After many years of using willpower to avoid gaining weight, in April 2012 I switched to a diet that mostly resembles what hunter-gatherers ate, and now I eat what feels like large amounts of food without worrying about my weight (which is more stable than ever). My diet includes lots of sweet potatoes, onions, and moderate amounts of seafood and grass-fed beef.
I often experiment with unusual foods - recent examples include lobster mushrooms, salsify, and marula nuts. Some of my favorites are saskatoon berries, breadfruit stew, and durian jam.
I'm unwilling to give up sweet foods, so I've been experimenting with ways to cook with erythritol. I feel pride and satisfaction on the uncommon occasions when I serve food to people who appreciate both the taste and the health advantages of the food I cook.
You should care enough about being healthy that you won't tempt me to eat more food with a high glycemic index.
I'd prefer that you live within driving distance of the bay area, and I'd prefer someone around my size, but I'm more flexible about those criteria than about my desire that you have an interesting mind.