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In My Own Words:
Most people eschew labels because they think of themselves as individuals. Labels are how we define one another, though. As such, there are several labels that I've chosen. I consider myself to be equal parts skeptic, stoic, utilitarian, categorical imperativist, agnostic, secular humanist and libertarian. I have been described as a scholar of life, though it may be noted I've also been described … Read more
Most people eschew labels because they think of themselves as individuals. Labels are how we define one another, though. As such, there are several labels that I've chosen. I consider myself to be equal parts skeptic, stoic, utilitarian, categorical imperativist, agnostic, secular humanist and libertarian. I have been described as a scholar of life, though it may be noted I've also been described as a buffet intellectual, a dilletante and a geek.
I believe that there is a definable universe that is both knowable and quantifiable. Further, I think that the human mind has developed the best way of knowing and quantifying the universe so far. As such, I think that all phenomena within the purview of human existence are or will be, at some point, provable and understandable.
I believe that some things will go well in my life and some things will not go so well. More often than not, my feelings of contentment and happiness are more a representation of my expectations than the actual events. If I expect the worst, I am pleasantly surprised when better things happen. If the worst *does* happen, I am prepared for it emotionally.
I do not believe that the ends justify the means, but I do believe that whatever does the greatest amount of good to the greatest number of people is usually correct. For this reason, I think it is acceptable to kill a man whose death would prevent the deaths of even 2 others. Because of my skepticism, this must be proveable. That is were justice comes in. Punishment for crimes must be immediate, commensurate and understood.
I am open to the possibility that there is a higher being, even a supreme being. I do not have faith in such a being. I make no claims to understand such a being. I have no personal knowledge of such a being. I simply accept that it might be true.
I believe that the human experience can be enriched through the application of logic and self-improvement. I think all human beings should engage in this pursuit. This does not mean that you should live a passionless existence, it merely means that such passions should be tempered with logic.
I lastly believe that human beings should be left to their own devices so long as those devices do not harm the will of others. A murderer should not be given the freedom to murder since murder infringes on others right to live. Gays and lesbians, on the other hand, should be perfectly allowed to practice their lifestyle as they wish because it has no effect or bearing on me. In fact, the act of love between two people is often beautiful, with definable good qualities. Morality exists not in absolute concepts but in their practical applications to reality. What differentiates a moral action from an amoral or immoral action is the effect it has on others. Murder is wrong because it harms others. Drug use is neutral because it harms the self as the user sees fit. Love is good because it often brings out the best qualities of humanity. I have the moral obligation, as a human, to stop murder, avoid drug use as I see fit and encourage love, regardless of who shares it, for its good qualities.
I enjoy all areas of a life's bouquet from subtle to gross, and as such haven't settled on one area of expertise. Perhaps this is a failing. It is difficult being a Renaissance Man 400 years after the Renaissance. I admire people like Leonardo Da Vinci and Thomas Jefferson; I read philosophy, poetry and literature; I enjoy music from Gregorian Chant to Alternative Rock. I am a complete human being, and arrogant and opinionated to boot. Just read some of my reviews.
There are many. First and foremost is chess. Though I am a low-rated amateur with no hope of attaining mastery, chess is my latest and greatest obsession. I love reading about chess, playing chess, studying chess history, studying the great chess mas… Read more
There are many. First and foremost is chess. Though I am a low-rated amateur with no hope of attaining mastery, chess is my latest and greatest obsession. I love reading about chess, playing chess, studying chess history, studying the great chess masters and, of course, improving my game. Beyond chess, I have many other interests. History; specifically Medieval European, Magical, Scottish, and Prehistoric Celtic, though to be honest my interest in history runs the gamut. The so-called "hard" sciences, specifically Physics and Chemistry. The so-called "soft" sciences, specifically psychology, pseudo-psychology and para-psychology. Magic, from primitive shamanism to the more "sophisticated" Hermetic sciences (though in my experience many supposedly primitive shamanic practices are, at the very least, more civilized than most other magical traditions). Religion, spirituality and philosophy, especially Celtic Druidism/Druidry. I am fond of reading and studying pretty much anything, but for fun I also enjoy films and music, especially Classical music. I'm also very fond of RPGs.
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