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A Self-Conscious Intro

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 7 February 2021, 04:01

Hi everyone! I figure I'm not all that great at introducing myself without prompts, so I decided I'd use the template. As you'll see, I'm not exactly an exciting or interesting sort of person, but I do try (lol). Thought I'd join the forum since I'm pretty lonely on account of the pandemic and, frankly, struggling a bit. I used to go on GayTeenForum, but obviously those days are gone. So, yeah, here I am haha

First name: Nicholas (but I prefer Nick)
Nickname(s)?: I've got many nicknames that friends have stuck me with over the years. One example is "poodle," which subsequently became "poods," because my friend was too lazy to say the whole thing correctly.
Age: 22
Orientation: A bit complicated, but I suppose gay.
Where you live: Washington, D.C. (but before covid, I lived on my college campus in New York.)
Where you're from: Bethesda, Maryland. So, basically right outside DC.
What you do (job, schooling, etc.): I'm a college student and also a chess instructor (the latter gives me a bit of an income, but not not much).
Dream Job: Professor of philosophy
Religion (or lack thereof): Judaism. Well, Conservative judaism, to be specific; but I'm not really sure anyone will know the difference lmao
Political philosophy: Liberal? I'm not exactly sure what I'm supposed to say here.
Interests and hobbies: I'm hugely into reading and love books of many different genres. I do a lot of art when I have the time and prefer drawing with ink, or else painting with acrylics. I play chess competitively and adore the game a lot. I play the game online for fun too, and recently started a chess blog for game analysis and things like that. Another interest of mine is philosophy, which is something I'm deeply and profoundly interested in. Anyway, I suppose this about sums it up!
Drinking, drugs or sobriety?: I don't really do any drugs, but I do drink from time to time.
Special talents: I've a multitude of stupendous and awe-inspiring, special talents. I'm very proud of them, of course! Who wouldn't be? However, you see, there is just one incredibly minor and rather inconsequential snag: all of them are nonexistent and unreal. :lol:
Pet peeves: Professors insisting I turn things in on time and before the deadline, while they themselves take weeks to grade the most basic assignments. (Oh, and when they take a whole month to respond to a question about an assignment that, by the time they respond, has already been turned in.)
Personal hero: This might sound kind of lame, but my personal hero is J.M.E. McTaggart.
Favourite real-life homosexual: My joking favorite is Anderson Cooper (those eyes...they manage to mesmerize me every-time!). My real favorite, though, would probably have to be Judith Butler or C.D. Broad.
Favourite movies: Arrival and Interstellar
Favourite TV shows: Killing Eve (I don't watch much TV)
Favorite TV Miniseries: The Honourable Woman, Maniac, The Man in the High Castle, and Mr. Robot
Favourite music: Billie Holiday, Dion & the Belmonts, Max Richter, Gabriel Faure, Flume, Odesza, and anything from the 80s.
Favourite books: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion and his The Fall of Gondolin. I'm also a huge fan of the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, George Santayana, and Samuel Coleridge.
A quote to live by: "What is divine deserves our respect because it is good; what is human deserves our affection because it is like us. And our pity too, sometimes, for its inability to tell good from bad and right from wrong—as terrible a blindness as the kind where people can't tell white from black." —A quote from Marcus Aurelius' Meditations.

Sorry, I know that this isn't all that much to go on. I find it kinda funny, now that I'm thinking about it, that I spend all of my life with myself and doing the things I do, and yet when I'm asked to describe what I'm like and what I do, it's as if I hardly knew myself at all!! Anyway, I'll stop rambling I guess :facepalm2:
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"Ask nothing more of me, sweet;
All I can give you I give.
Heart of my heart, were it more,
More would be laid at your feet—
Love that should help you to live,
Song that should spur you to soar.

All things were nothing to give,
Once to have sense of you more,
Touch you and taste of you, sweet,
Think you and breathe you and live,
Swept of your wings as they soar,
Trodden by chance of your feet.

I that have love and no more
Give but love of you, sweet.
He that hath more, let him give;
He that hath wings, let him soar;
Mine is the heart at your feet
Here, that must love you to live."

—A.C. Swinburne's The Oblation
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Re: A Self-Conscious Intro

Unread postby Magic J » 7 February 2021, 16:09

Hi Nick, welcome to GFO!

Is it philosophy you study at uni?

McTaggartfan wrote:The Man in the High Castle

I should get round to watching that, I hear they kind of took it in a slightly different direction. Have you read the book? The novel's good, high strangeness towards the conclusion if I'm remembering it well. Not as mindbending as his later stuff. Scanner and VALIS were a trip.

McTaggartfan wrote:The Silmarillion

I've come to accept that I'm just never going to read this thing. Made it to page 50 or something a few years ago and called it quits. :lol:
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Re: A Self-Conscious Intro

Unread postby René » 7 February 2021, 17:19

Hey Nick, welcome! :keke:

I'm curious, does your religion have a big influence on your day-to-day life? I don't think I know any other Jews, conservative or otherwise, haha.

I enjoyed Interstellar too, and Max Richter has definitely composed some beautiful music. :heart:
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Re: A Self-Conscious Intro

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 7 February 2021, 17:37

Magic J wrote:Hi Nick, welcome to GFO!

Is it philosophy you study at uni?

McTaggartfan wrote:The Man in the High Castle

I should get round to watching that, I hear they kind of took it in a slightly different direction. Have you read the book? The novel's good, high strangeness towards the conclusion if I'm remembering it well. Not as mindbending as his later stuff. Scanner and VALIS were a trip.

McTaggartfan wrote:The Silmarillion

I've come to accept that I'm just never going to read this thing. Made it to page 50 or something a few years ago and called it quits. :lol:



I haven't read the book, but I do think the show is definitely worth watching! As for The Simarillion, I know a bunch of people who had trouble finishing it. It's written in a way very distinct from Tolkien's more popular The Lord of the Rings. His dense writing and lack of dialogue, as well as kind of heavy diction, can make it a challenging read. Its worth it though, if you do ever wanna give it another try.

Yeah, I'm majoring in philosophy and religion (but am really just interested in the philosophy part).
"Ask nothing more of me, sweet;
All I can give you I give.
Heart of my heart, were it more,
More would be laid at your feet—
Love that should help you to live,
Song that should spur you to soar.

All things were nothing to give,
Once to have sense of you more,
Touch you and taste of you, sweet,
Think you and breathe you and live,
Swept of your wings as they soar,
Trodden by chance of your feet.

I that have love and no more
Give but love of you, sweet.
He that hath more, let him give;
He that hath wings, let him soar;
Mine is the heart at your feet
Here, that must love you to live."

—A.C. Swinburne's The Oblation
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Re: A Self-Conscious Intro

Unread postby Magic J » 7 February 2021, 17:44

McTaggartfan wrote:Yeah, I'm majoring in philosophy and religion (but am really just interested in the philosophy part).

Nice. What kind of things are you interested in with philosophy? Also, obligatory horrible question: Analytic or Continental tradition? :P
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Re: A Self-Conscious Intro

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 7 February 2021, 18:03

Magic J wrote:
McTaggartfan wrote:Yeah, I'm majoring in philosophy and religion (but am really just interested in the philosophy part).

Nice. What kind of things are you interested in with philosophy? Also, obligatory horrible question: Analytic or Continental tradition? :P


Analytic through and through! However, I will admit to enjoying certain continental philosophers if we just mean "continental" in the geographical sense. So, for instance, I do like Karl Leonhard Reinhold, and I've read Immanuel Kant and G.W. Leibniz. But if you mean "continental" in terms of, like, existentialism and phenomenology, then nope—I'm definitely not into continental philosophy. I like my philosophy rigorous and with well-defined terms. I'm very much interested in metaphysics, epistemology, and axiology. In particular, I've done several years worth of studying (on my own time) the mind-body problem, and especially the debates on it that took place between the British idealists of the 19th and 20th centuries, on the one side, and the New Realists and Critical Realists, on the other. Philosophy of religion is also a milder interest of mine, and I've recently been learning a bit more of process theology (I just finished Charles Hartshorne's The Divine Relativity, and had before that read his The Logic of Perfection). Does that, roughly, sum it up enough for you? I'm not really sure how detailed you wanted me to be lol

But what about you? What're your interests and inclinations as it comes to philosophy? Did I fail the test on the whole analytic-continental question?
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"Ask nothing more of me, sweet;
All I can give you I give.
Heart of my heart, were it more,
More would be laid at your feet—
Love that should help you to live,
Song that should spur you to soar.

All things were nothing to give,
Once to have sense of you more,
Touch you and taste of you, sweet,
Think you and breathe you and live,
Swept of your wings as they soar,
Trodden by chance of your feet.

I that have love and no more
Give but love of you, sweet.
He that hath more, let him give;
He that hath wings, let him soar;
Mine is the heart at your feet
Here, that must love you to live."

—A.C. Swinburne's The Oblation
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Re: A Self-Conscious Intro

Unread postby Magic J » 7 February 2021, 19:08

McTaggartfan wrote:But what about you? What're your interests and inclinations as it comes to philosophy? Did I fail the test on the whole analytic-continental question?

Yes, and I shall now never talk to you again, you superficial chmess-chaser.

I jest. Not really. :P

I've never formally studied philosophy at a high level, but I've read bits and pieces in my own time. There's some "Continental" philosophy that's become particularly relevant within archaeological theory (namely the various Marxisms and more recently Heidegger and the Phenomenologists, and even more recently some post-structural thinkers like Latour). Much more directed towards philosophies that explore the relationships between people and things, naturally, being a discipline dealing in (old) things. The furthest I've gone into properly studying a particular philosopher's work is probably Francis Hutcheson's moral sense philosophy, but I've not thought about that since I graduated, so I'm not sure I could actually hold a sensible conversation about it anymore. David Hume, I think? I certainly read a lot, but it's mostly all departed from my brain at this point. :lol:

The last proper philosophical work I read was "I and Thou" by Martin Buber, but that's some pretty mystical existentialism, I'm afraid. :P
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Re: A Self-Conscious Intro

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 7 February 2021, 19:47

Magic J wrote:
McTaggartfan wrote:But what about you? What're your interests and inclinations as it comes to philosophy? Did I fail the test on the whole analytic-continental question?

Yes, and I shall now never talk to you again, you superficial chmess-chaser.

I jest. Not really. :P

I've never formally studied philosophy at a high level, but I've read bits and pieces in my own time. There's some "Continental" philosophy that's become particularly relevant within archaeological theory (namely the various Marxisms and more recently Heidegger and the Phenomenologists, and even more recently some post-structural thinkers like Latour). Much more directed towards philosophies that explore the relationships between people and things, naturally, being a discipline dealing in (old) things. The furthest I've gone into properly studying a particular philosopher's work is probably Francis Hutcheson's moral sense philosophy, but I've not thought about that since I graduated, so I'm not sure I could actually hold a sensible conversation about it anymore. David Hume, I think? I certainly read a lot, but it's mostly all departed from my brain at this point. :lol:

The last proper philosophical work I read was "I and Thou" by Martin Buber, but that's some pretty mystical existentialism, I'm afraid. :P


O woe is me! I've failed and now cursed nevermore to hear from you. My heart, a thing broken in twain, and my despondency, beyond any ability to describe in word or image—worse, I think than even was Hero's own at the loss of Leander. (Obviously, you're not the only one who can jest lol) :keke:

Anyway, so are you an archaeologist? I don't know all that much about archaeology, and I certainly didn't know marxism had spread to it (as it did to sociology). I've read a bit about Francis Hutcheson, but have largely avoided him on account of the fact that he's best known for his work in aesthetics (a branch of philosophy I'm not that into). David Hume's certainly interesting, and a lot better known than Hutcheson. And, in some ways, it makes sense you'd be more familiar with continental philosophers than with their analytic counterparts; a lot of people are the same as yourself in this respect. But, hey, I'm not complaining here! Anyone who's read at least a little philosophy can't be all that bad in my mind. I can't help but feel some approval, because it signifies the person is well-rounded, if not also well-read. :)

I'm not opposed to mysticism or to more emotional writings (such as deal with existential angst). I just don't much like philosophic mysticism that isn't presented in a well-argued fashion. That's all. And goodness knows I love a bit of mysticism and sentimentality in the poetry I read! If only you knew hahaha! You'd wonder how on earth I could like analytic philosophy at all! :lol:
"Ask nothing more of me, sweet;
All I can give you I give.
Heart of my heart, were it more,
More would be laid at your feet—
Love that should help you to live,
Song that should spur you to soar.

All things were nothing to give,
Once to have sense of you more,
Touch you and taste of you, sweet,
Think you and breathe you and live,
Swept of your wings as they soar,
Trodden by chance of your feet.

I that have love and no more
Give but love of you, sweet.
He that hath more, let him give;
He that hath wings, let him soar;
Mine is the heart at your feet
Here, that must love you to live."

—A.C. Swinburne's The Oblation
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Re: A Self-Conscious Intro

Unread postby Brenden » 7 February 2021, 20:37

Welcome, Nick!
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Re: A Self-Conscious Intro

Unread postby OutsideIn » 7 February 2021, 21:16

Hello Nick!
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