Hometown: Toledo, Ohio
September 10, 2009
Menschliches, Allzumenschliches: verbose, sardonic, dissenting, erudite, élitist, & cynical intellectual; convivial, amiable, voluptuary, & humanistic Epicurean; and a skeptical, free-thinking, existentialistic, noetic, & atheistic iconoclast... That pretty much sums up essentially who I am and what I'm all about as a philosopher.
Artificial Intelligence: The Measure Of A Man (certainly one of my favorite Star Trek episodes of all time), Transhumanism, Singularity, The Naturalistic Philosophy of David Hume, Finding Philosophy in Science Fiction, etc.
Certainly: I'm not interested in political or religious proselytizing in a philosophical setting — and I have no untoward agenda that would be at odds with the ideals / goals of Plato's Cave — concurrently, I always strive for cordial dialogue, refrain from ad hominem attacks by always attempting to criticize ideas rather than people, & try at least to understand even opinions I may vehemently disagree with or actively oppose.
For erudite discussion and to meet, socialize, and learn with rational and contemplative people; I was a philosophy major and earned a graduate degree in teaching history — I guess Socrates said it best: “ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ.”
For intellectually-stimulating, erudite, rigorous, generally quite well-moderated, usually very well-focused, and always congenial thoroughgoing engagement in any and all of the most fascinating aspects of philosophy imaginable, there is no better forum I know of in the Orlando area than Plato's Cave.