September 8, 2012
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.
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.
Skepticism, Political Philosophy, World Events, Cosmology, Pre-History, Music, Cinema, Travel Photography.
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?
The only book I have read more than twice is "The Films of Akira Kurosawa" by Donald Ritchie.
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.