San Diego, CA
Hometown: Poway

Member since:

April 17, 2012

Do we have a free will?

Yes, I agree with a point Kant made that human thought introduces something not found elsewhere in nature. While the brain obeys the physical laws and is deterministic, the thoughts generated by this biological machine feedback into the construction of that machine. As a software engineer, I would compare this to code that generates other code as it runs, compiling and running that code as the parent process executes, as opposed to software that was compiled once and is never altered.

Are you religious, agnostic, atheistic etc? What do you believe? A) How does your belief shape your world/philosophical view? B) How do you view scripture/revelation? C) What is your opinion on evolution?

Atheist A) I have one life to live, and believe there is no "after life." I believe that I have to make the most of this one life. As a result, I try to treat this planet and its inhabitants with respect. B) See Richard Dawkins letter to ten year old daughter. C) Evolution is a model that applies well to biological life forms. We may see it applied to cyborgs and intelligent machines as well in our lifetimes. Probably noticing it progressing at a faster pace than with strictly biological life forms.

Do the ends justify the means? If yes, why? If not, why not?

Depends on the context. Depends on the benefit of the ends and the cost of the means.

What is your political orientation (far left, left, center, right, far right…libertarian, apolitical etc.)

Amalgam. More left than right.

Have you ever stabbed somebody with a fork just because he/she didn’t agree with you?

Not with a fork.


Heard about you guys through Zoe at a Stoics meetup once. This group looks like it covers a lot of great topics. Also, I love Kous Kous.

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