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Enjoy my 'Year-On" ... it starts June 13th, 2008
I am motivated by the following quotes: â
I think the worlds problems are best solved not with cleaver answer but with good questions (good questions lead to simple and effective answers). Independent thought, along with a healthy amount of skepticism, and a good amount of imagination is all anyone needs to keep expanding their minds. I like to continually learn... about everything.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I am new to this site but I plan to utilize couch surfing as a traveler first and plan to host when I get back from my travels. I can not think of a better way to learn about the places, cultures, and people of the places I plan to visit than through the mechanisms provided through this site.
I have been able to link up with traveling friend of mine (who recommended this site to me) and I have met and become acquainted with a local Philadelphia CS ambassador. I have joined two groups and participated in a few discussions. So far I am a big fan of the site and the mission.
I am a better participant than spectator so I prefer active things. I am interested in adrenaline sports - skiing/snowboarding, racing cars, skydiving, scuba diving, etc, but I like to chill and talk about philosophy, psychology, personality traits; basically how things work. I like to build things and solve problems.
- scuba diving
Music, Movies, and Books
Books I've read and enjoyed: Freakanomics, Being Good, Supercapitalism, A Brief History of Nearly Everything, Breakthrough, DaVinci Code, The Audacity of Hope, The Good Earth.
Music: It varies but in general good vocals, guitar, lyrics... Simon & Garfunkel, Jack Johnson, OAR, Dave Mathews Band, Indigo Girls, Billy Joel. Instrumental: The Last of the Mohegans and Braveheart soundtracks.
Movies: The Prince's Bride, Top Gun, Braveheart, Stand by Me, The Girl Next Door, Better off Dead, Gross Point Blank, Heat...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The most amazing sensation I've ever had was racing a formula car I helped to build in college in Birmingham England. The car was set up well and I was able to consistently place the car into a four wheel drift, bleeding off speed by sliding the car through the turn instead of braking. I've been skydiving, scuba diving, had great sex, etc but this experience lives so powerfully in my mind that I can almost relive the sensation of that four wheel drift just by thinking about it.
Teach, Learn, Share
Regarding Art: I'm a sculptor and what I like most about sculpture and what I think separates it from paintings, photography, film, etc, is that sculpture exists in the present. A sculpture made 2000 years ago has a strong element of now, it is seen now, it can be touched, it existing in a place and in the current light, etc. Painting and pictures represent instances in time, either past or future but they are static. Sculptures however are transient.
Regarding Ethics: There are three schools on ethics: Nihilism, Relativism, and Objectivism. Nihilist believe ethics are a figment of the human imagination and don't exist. Relativist believe ethics are conditional on culture, 'Culture is King', and outside of culture they don't exist. Objectivist believe ethics are real, knowable, and transcend culture. Ethics, from an Objectivist point of view boils down to this: Ethics is not based on agenda-type statements of absolute truth rather it is based on a foundation of very good questions, primarily two: 1- The Golden Rule, "Do onto others as you would have them do to you," stated as a question, "How would you like it if someone did that to you?". 2- "Wonder if everyone did that?". With those two simple questions, you can transcend culture and pick the right ethical path almost every time.
Having a foundation of questions allows a person to retain a pretty clear lens to view the world. Black and white agenda-type rules tends to force a person to see the gray in the world in a highly contrasted way; so light gray becomes white and dark gray becomes black, and nothing therefore has nuance or dept.
Countries I’ve Visited
Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In