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To broaden my horizons and meet people with some faith in the human spirit. Also, establish myself in graduate school and settle into my new place.
I'm the son of a Polish mother and a 2nd generation Irish father. I'm tall, gregarious, and rather helpful. I occupy the sometimes lonely intersection between geek and extroverted.
My personal philosophy centers around empathy. I try to always treat other people's concerns equally with my own. I also hold my own viewpoints up to constant revision: my goal is to always be open to any evidence or information that someone else presents to me, and be willing to change my position on an issue if someone offers me a superior argument. The thing I stand most opposed to is fanaticism of any stripe, whether it manifests in a pleasant or unpleasant manner. I believe that much of the pain in the world, from the personal to the national level, results from people not listening to each other and placing their beliefs above all consideration.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I took a bicycle trip from London, England to Warsaw, Poland and couchsurfed the entire way. I had a wonderful time: it was one of the single most interesting experiences of my life. Right now, I tend to organize board gaming meetings for local couch surfers and try to welcome new couch surfers to the community.
Three weeks before I set out for Europe, I began interacting with the couch surfing community. In those three weeks, I went sailing, invaded Iowa City, and met an incredible number of wonderful and kind people. I bicycled across Europe, couch surfing all the way. Now couch surfing is an inseparable part of my life. Whenever I move to a new place, the first thing I do is look up the couch surfers. I know that I'm going to meet an interesting and kind group of people who will help me get used to my new home. It's been one of the singularly best decisions I've made in my life.
I'm interested in biking, psychology, philosophy... to be honest I'm a bit of a information glutton: my Wikipedia use can verge on the compulsive at times. If a documentary has been made about it, I'd probably want to hear about it. I also enjoy European style board games (I.e. Settlers of Catan) quite a bit.
Music, Movies, and Books
I usually enjoy "thinky" sorts of films, such as Pi, Memento, and Being John Malkovich. The comedies that I like tend to be character studies of deeply flawed people, such as the Royal Tannenbaums.
My favorite band is called They Might be Giants, which you probably haven't heard about if you're not from the North American Continent
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Probably the most amazing thing I've seen is a gale force storm that battered the small boat my family and I were on off the coast of a small island in the Florida keys.
Teach, Learn, Share
I know a bit about just every major area in psychology. Also, I know a little bit about a lot of esoteric topics. I'm the guy you want on your trivia team for the general knowledge questions (but I'm terrible with names and dates so I'm pretty useless otherwise). I have some half way decent computer technical skills, in the sense that I can usually figure out how to get it working again if given enough time.
It may sound strange, but the thing I teach most people about is board games. There is a world of interesting board games out there: thousands that are nothing like the ones you've played before. I know you don't believe me, but just ask me to show you: you will join the hundreds I've converted to my hobby :)
Countries I’ve Visited
France, Poland, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Poland, United States