I am in love with finding things out & traveling the world. Both are hobbies & my career.
I like to drink coffee & beer...& wine...& brandy.
I love to read.
I like starting political/religious discussions in any bar, leading to a run away, catastrophic melt down of friendships, alliances, & public peace.
'OMG!' Religion & Reason
I am atheist. Though I do think religion is interesting as a cultural phenomenon, and could be seen as art; and like art, religion <strike>is not a method to understand the world around me</strike> can help me to view & understand my emotional relationship w/ the world.
-Religion & science are two different things:
--Religion is a set of beliefs & conclusions based on culture & faith.
--Science is a method of understanding through testable predictions & consistent observations.
If you are not questioning your beliefs, then you are willfully ignorant, may be afraid to find they are incorrect, & are missing out on lots of fun. This goes for myself, which is why...
...I love my religious friends & prefer to not live in an echo chamber.
Warning: Politics! *Gasp!*
I would consider myself libertarian, but it is more complicated than that (because economics, humans, society, & social sciences are really complicated) .
Finding out the boundaries of society's reach & inherent human rights. I am for strong defense of individual rights.
I am extremely wary of federal & military power.
I believe I am the only entity to make decisions about what is best for me, but I'll take reasoned recommendations into consideration.
NASA is Govt, & NASA is good...right?
Global/Govt collaboration in the sciences (especially space exploration) is extremely important in making 'frontier' bleeding edge technologies feasible for the private sector (e.g. NASA paving the way, SpaceX & others picking up the trail).
-OTOH, Government & money do not mix; it is inefficient & expensive. People will milk the cow (e.g. Boeing & all others who have overly expensive un-innovative technologies that take advantage of the payment structure of NASA Govt contracts.)
If I don't continue with a discussion, it is because I have become too heated and/or drunk to respond in a manner satisfactory to my own quality standards. I love discussion/debate so don't let me off the hook.
It not being acceptable to speak of politics & religion in bars is destroying debate & understanding.