April 24, 2012
I am a Data Scientist/Entrepreneur, with experience in multiple industries, with a PhD in Computer Engineering. I joined this group in 2011 when it was called Montreal Philosophy. I became the organizer in 2012 to prevent the deletion of the group; I then broadened the spectrum of topics that are covered to what you see today at this site. These 5 questions here were selected by the person who created the group in 2009 and I kept them in order not to lose everybody's responses and writings; they may not be ideally fit today, but they are OK.
When trying to figure out how the world works.
Moral psychology, anthropology, behavioral economics, history of religion and politics
It takes a real effort to increase knowledge and understanding of the physical world and the people, but it takes even more effort to remain open-minded in the process. The aforementioned efforts are what I have identified to be the most worthwhile to pursue in my life, without locking into any "philosophical outlook." In software development terms, I consider myself to be in Beta phase, but do not expect to come out of it till the end.
A recent favorite is The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
I am interested in meeting people who value matters and conversations of intellectual nature, who are well-read and open-minded; it's a great way to get new perspectives on topics that interest me.