If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. ~George S. Patton
Born in Missouri, I am a true Show Me state boy, which is to say skeptic or freethinker. In practice that boils down to being an atheist in terms of practical living and traditional metaphysics, but intellectually I am agnostic. Being a freethinker means my beliefs don’t hinge on the dogmatism belonging to any tradition or particular view. If I were to adhere to a concept of god, it would be Spinoza’s god–impersonal and beyond our reckoning. In the meantime, I’ll stick to my atheism. Politically speaking I am Libertarian by and large, but I do dance to my own drum. I enjoy writing, mostly fiction, and have had a couple of small works published. I also enjoy philosophy, theology, psychology, mythology, politics and science, and it was with those things in mind that I created this blog. Someplace to come and kick my thoughts about. That may be on some “hot button” topic, so keep a cool head. Nothing here is aimed intentionally at you.
I’ve been called arrogant, argumentative, cynical, and a nebulous “there’s just something about you.” I’ve also been deemed quiet, passive-aggressive, and sweet-when-I-want-to-be (but who isn’t?). A True Colors assessment at work pegged Green as my primary color: intellectual, logical, inquisitive, and organized. Make of all that what you will, or stick around and find out for yourself. I do have my opinions, and one friend says that my belief system is “anti.” For all that I’m pretty easy-going. And, for the record, I’ve been described as “pretty cool,” too. I live with my girlfriend, her two girls, a bird, three dogs, and a cat, all of whom seem to find me tolerable to varying degrees.
There’s more to me than that, of course. I’m a gamer whore. I love pen & paper RPGs such as D&D, Pathfinder and World of Darkness. Board games are fun too, and I’m a big fan of Fantasy Flight games such as Arkham Horror, Battlestar Galactica, and Game of Thrones (and just a big Game of Thrones fan in general). I grew up loving Star Wars. George Lucas tested that love when he released the “prequels.” I still like Star Wars, but I try to pretend episodes I-III don’t exist. Especially The Phantom Menace. There are too many movies I love in various genres to even begin to list them, but LotR ranks right up there, as do Thank You For Smoking and American Beauty. I like red wine and a few other adult concoctions. NFL football is about as close as I get to Sunday worship. My favorite color is black, even if it’s technically not a color. After all, I don’t wake up and think “I’m going to wear my not-a-color shirt today.”
There are a few truths I hold to be self-evident. Mountains beat beaches. It shall weigh 12 lbs or more to be called a dog. Autumn is an awesome time of year; it should be perpetual. Adverbs are Evil, but sometimes necessary. Cats are also Evil and not at all necessary, but useful for scientific exploit. I may not be able to prove these things scientifically, but internal logic dictates they must be true.
Remember: Nobody is ever as reasonable as we imagine ourselves to be.
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