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Peter Duchemin

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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Overview

  • 34 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Esperanto, French, Hebrew (modern), Italian, Latin, Russian
  • 39, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Magician, Scholar
  • Life experience + lots of schooling ...
  • From Ottawa, St. John's
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Always Mission: to help other people feel good. Current Mission: A Whirlwind tour through a mountain of books. No major External travel planned till the Thesis is done!

ABOUT ME

Likes to have adventures, attracts magic, likes big words, is not horrible.

I would like to go to Sealand. It's not an option on this system, so I mention it here.

PHILOSOPHY

The unlimited and the limited dance with one another, throwing off fractal streamers of complexity, swirling into negentropic vortexes that climb back upstream to the eternal source. Have fun, be good, learn lots.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I surf, sometimes alone, sometimes with my wife. When we are back home, we will host.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Traveled all around the world and Couchsurfed many many times, in the weirdest places... Had fantastic experiences. Made friends that I have come and visited for a second time. Network expands, network contracts... Breathe.

Interests

I like visiting ancient sites. I am a Phd Student in philosophy, and I do magic and circus shows on the side. I spend my time traveling and learning things. I never stop looking for knowledge.

I like magic tricks, and know quite a few.
I like chess, and am decent at it.
I practice Tai Chi Quan.
I meditate daily for an hour. I do not impose restrictions on my environment when I do, but seek out an unobtrusive and quite zone. You probably won't notice, unless we are in close quarters and the circumstances arise.
I am fascinated with Languages and would like to be a polyglot.
I love the study of where we are: Astronomy and Geography, Macro and Micro.

Music, Movies & Books

Music:Shpongle, GSYBE!, John Zorn, David Bowie, Beethoven, The Cardiacs.
Novels:ANATHEM, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell, Left Hand of Darkness,The Incal, Little Big,The End of Mr Y, Embassytown, City and the City, The Windup Girl, Illuminatus!, The Magus,...
Other Books: A Thousand Plateaus, The Art of Memory, Spell of the Sensuous, Dimensions of Apeiron, Deep Time of the Media, What is Philosophy?, The Five Senses, The Troubadour of Knowledge, Logic and the Art of Memory...
Movies: Holy Mountain, The Wicker Man (original), Waking Life, Tron, Cabin in the Woods...

One Amazing Thing I've Done

(My running list)

Hitchhiked across Canada once, and ended up preventing a catastrophe. Ask me if you meet me.
Went to a dawn ceremony on Alcatraz island, where there were Aztecs.
Walked through a waterfall in Ghana.
Drank a potion made of snakes.
Consulted a Bokor of the Ifa.
Saw a Longboat Burn at Up Helly Aa in Shetland.
Ate the fermented shark (and Ram's testicles) in Reykyavik.
Walked across the Dartmoor, and part-way across the Exmoor.
Visited several ancient and sacred trees: the Major Oak in Sherwood, The Yew at fortingall, A Cork tree in Sardegna, and the Stump of the Golden Spruce in Haida Gwaii.
Crawled through the Men-An-Tol.
Danced in stonehenge on the Summer Solstice.
Discussed Philosophy and Literature with a Russian soldier on the train from Irkutsk.
Climbed up a mountain to a Castle in Sardinia
Played Church-bells over a rose-garden that I had planted in a churchyard on a sacred Island in Siberia during a Venus transit (an astronomical event that will not be seen for another hundred years).
Went from Land's end (Cornwall) to Land's End (Muckle Flugga), in a summer.
Climbed Schiehelion on a bright and lovely day.
Completed my first circle around the world (with minimal planes), on Sept 1st, 2012.

Teach, Learn, Share

I know the history of philosophy and magic pretty well. I can juggle, ride a unicycle, and do many many magic tricks with cards and other things. I have a lot of thoughts on Time and design my own calendars. I practice Taijiquan also. I am interested in learning anything from martial arts to magic tricks to math and physics. Also organic farming, gardening, myco-cultivation, and fermentation of different sorts: kombucha, wine, beer, mead. I am all over this CSU Idea. Make it so!

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Korea, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada

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