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Jonathan
Hey, I'm Jonathan!
Chicago, Illinois, United States · Member since August 2011
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Personal Description
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I am a philosophy student, a writer and a lush. Geographic, economic, creative and intellectual freedom are important to me. I spend my free hours wishing desperately that I were clever enough to transcend everything except being an experiencer of things. If only I could somehow project myself into everything at the same time, have multiple races, sexes, no history; if I could be indistinguishable from my observer, then I would be happy, if not torn.

Specific Interests
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Most things are of some specific interest

Philosophy
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Sartre
Hobbes (I know, I know..)
Nick Bostrom
Slavoj Žižek
Karl Marx

(So a critical antihumanist, a hard determinist, and a resolute atheist who inexplicably clings to the notion of extropy, and believes, as a result, that we all live awful lives of being shat upon by the rich that should, notwithstanding, last forever)

Music, Movies, Books
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Bukowski
Vollman
Self
F.W. Murnau
Spinoza!!
Bowie
The Sonics

Types of People I enjoy
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I am drawn to unaffected, open minded people who aren't afraid of companionable silence.

Teach, Learn
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I can impart:
philosophy, symbolic logic, rollerblading, vegan cheffery, caveman French, oenology, absinthe making, English.

I would like to learn:
French pronunciation, parkour, sailing, interesting things that I don't even know that I want to learn yet

Wine & Conversation
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A discursive richness is about the only wealth afforded by a philosophy education. So while the wine may be cheap, the conversation almost certainly will not be. I am fairly well rounded and can speak intelligently about a variety of subjects.

Fun Fact
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I once won a staring contest with a wild, un-caged mountain lion. It stood 8 feet in front of me. I don't know why it didn't go for it, I was armed with a twig. Maybe, I thought, I have some greater purpose, one it could smell it on me. Perhaps, without ever being aware of it, I was in fact a force of nature, and as a result, my being was so inevitable that even a wild, man-sized cat could do no other than shrink before it. I felt touched by greatness.

Then I got a job. Some lady complained because her coffee was cold. I had a sit-down with two small men in big suits, both of them younger than me. One was balding, the other had an exceptionally pretty girlfriend who he couldn't stand. 'Bald' informed me that this was the third time this week. 'Pretty Girlfriend' said that if it happened again I'd be officially reprimanded.

My bank account was negative.

Locations Traveled
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Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom
LIVED (United States): Denver, Chicago, New York, Seattle