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About me

Gender Male
Location Portland, Oregon, United States
Introduction Individualist, pro-technology, pro-democracy, anti-religion. I speak only for myself and not for any ideology, movement, or party. It has been my great good fortune to live my whole life free of "spirituality" of any kind. I believe that evidence and reason are the keys to understanding reality; that technology rather than ideology or politics has been the great liberator of humanity; and that in the long run, human intelligence is the most powerful force in the universe.
Interests Life extension, biology, medical research, technology, Middle East, Europe, Britain, Germany, Iran, languages, history, politics, travel, sexuality, Classical civilization (Greco-Roman-Persian), the great apes, contemporary fiction & movies
Favorite Movies Agora, Alien(s), Amélie, The Andromeda Strain, Back to the Future, Beetlejuice, Blade Runner, Contact, District 9, Frozen, Galaxy Quest, Get Out, Lair of the White Worm, Lawrence of Arabia, Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Matrix, Pleasantville, The Shape of Water, The Wicker Man
Favorite Books The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil, Ending Aging by Aubrey de Grey, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (and many of his books on evolution), God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens, Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow, Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond, Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer, Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Invisible Man by H G Wells, Household Gods by Judith Tarr & Harry Turtledove, Cormoran Strike series by JK Rowling, The Damnation Game by Clive Barker, and too many history books to list