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Overview

  • 32 references 25 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning German, Spanish, Swahili
  • 41, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • I founded a charity to help empower marginalized women in...
  • I have a Masters in Biochem and Mole Bio and a PhD in Hum...
  • From Pequot Lakes, MN USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Mission? Hmm, to learn as much as possible and pass on that knowledge to as many as possible.

ABOUT ME

Someone once told me that I set my expectations for myself too high, and that's why I'm never satisfied with my life. But my response to that is that I would rather set my expectations so high for myself that even if I never reach them, I accomplish great things during the struggle. I'd rather aim for Mars and only reach the Moon than aim for the couch and hit it.

PHILOSOPHY

I'm a Pragmatic Existenialist. I believe that this life is the only one we have, no afterlife, no magical, mystical land to run off to when I die. This has put my life into perspective, and while I realize that my own personal life in insignificant in the grand scheme of the universe, Humanity itself is my legacy. So, I have always lived my life with the desire to further humanity as much as possible while I am here.

Here's a quote from Teddy Roosevelt that kinda sums up my outlook on life:

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I host travelers and offer advice to those who seek it... kind of like Yoda in Empire haha I'm also a big believer in the movement... Couchsurfing, 5 million strong!!!!

Interests

Sports I Play:
Sand volleyball
Pool, Softball
Alpine skiing
Mountain biking
Hiking, Rollerblading

Intellectual Interests:
Feminism/humanism
Philosophy
Theoretical Physics
Molecular Biology
Aging, Rhetoric
Religion/Atheism
Evolutionary Genetics
Pseudoscience
.... and many more

Serendipital Interests:
Human Sexuality
Camping, Massage
Reading
Plays, Musicals
Symphonies
Rock/Indie/Alt Music
Dancing
Online Video Gaming
Cooking...etc

  • dancing
  • environment
  • womens rights
  • cooking
  • running
  • reading
  • traveling
  • billiards
  • music
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • camping
  • skydiving
  • skiing
  • sports
  • volleyball
  • softball
  • biology
  • genealogy
  • physics
  • religion
  • adventure travel
  • parks

Music, Movies, and Books

I read all the time, so it's hard to pick just a few books:

A Handmaids Tale - Margret Atwood
Why People Believe Weird Things - Micheal Shermer
A History of Philosophy - Frederick Copleston
A Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The entire Foundation Series - Isaac Asimov
Russka - Edward Rutherfurd
The Science of Good and Evil - Micheal Shermer
Eve's Seed - R. McElvaine
The Demon Haunted World - Carl Sagan
Hard Times - Charles Dickens
Consilience - E.O. Wilson

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've stared death directly in the face. I don't mean in the immature "I drove my car fast" or "I went skydiving!" way, but in the very real, uncontrolled and scary way.

A story I may share sometime if you ask me :)

Teach, Learn, Share

If you'd like to learn about how my charity is helping the environment and marginalized women in Latin America, please visit us at:

http://EmpoweredBiofuels.org

Some of my published articles on Latin America

Adventure Travel in Peru:
http://leisuregrouptravel.com/peru-adventure-central/

Costa Rican National Parks:
http://leisuregrouptravel.com/the-essential-costa-rican-nature-experience/

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania

Countries I’ve Lived In

Costa Rica, United States

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