Serge O.

Location:

Montréal, QC

Member since:

September 8, 2012

Tell us a little about yourself

In March, 2011, I lost my wife and partner of 38 years to cancer. In spite of my grief, I am continuing the handcrafted jewellery business that we shared, and have maintained close ties to family and friends. Since late 2011, I have been reaching out to participate in new activities such as this. I remain very curious and interested in reading, music, films and travel. Writing about my thoughts and experiences has been very therapeutic.

How did you become interested in philosophy?

I recall, when I was six, having a philosophical discussion while walking along the sidewalk with a 7 year old girl who was my best friend. My high school English teacher, who is still my friend, introduced me to Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Kafka and Shakespeare. I always read a lot of non-fiction. By my early teens, I had removed myself from my Catholic background. I became interested in eastern mysticism, but my scepticism ultimately won the day.

What topics interest you the most?

Skepticism, Political Philosophy, World Events, Cosmology, Pre-History, Music, Cinema, Travel Photography.

Can you summarize your philosophical outlook in 50 words or less?

I now reject all supernatural ideas, but see a deep spiritual dimension to the interaction of the human mind and the natural world. I align myself with natural philosophy, science, classical liberalism, and no longer hesitate to call myself an atheist. What matters more than life, consciousness, and beauty?

Your favorite book?

The only book I have read more than twice is "The Films of Akira Kurosawa" by Donald Ritchie.

Introduction

I am an atheist and a skeptic. In Dec., 2011, I joined CFI/Skeptics and have made many new friends. I have always loved engaging in discussions on philosophy, politics, science and the arts.


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