|Location: Chicago, IL|
|Alma Mater: UChicago|
|Political Views: Libertarian/Anarchocapitalist|
|Religious Views: Freedom of it, freedom from it|
Hello, I'm Parijata Mackey, and I'm having a great time here. Huge fan of seasteading. Great stuff.
I'm friendly, so say hi. And please do call me Jata :-)
- Fourth-year at the University of Chicago, where I study philosophy and neuroscience.
- Huge fan of molecular biology, computer science, and weird physics.
- Work in a synthetic biology lab, where I program software and wetware. Proponent of open source and DIY Biology.
- Worked for The Man (DHS, biodefense) for a while. Don't judge me.
- Enjoy teaching, especially lab courses. I'm a fairly easy grader, but I employ public humiliation as a lecture style.
- Libertarian anarchocapitalist, atheist, transhumanist, vegetarian.
- Marginally obsessed with logic and the philosophy of mathematics. Petrified of squirrels.
I hope to be a experimental logician someday, which secretly means I want to work on reverse engineering the brain to create strong AI. I suspect that knowledge of the brain can help elucidate the structure and function of our deductive system.
- To what extent can the products of empirical (neurological) or phenomenological data comment on the philosophy of logic, abstraction, and mathematics?
- What is the link between epistemology and neuroscience?
- How much of our formal logical (e.g. mathematical) understanding employs the same conceptual mechanisms that are used in understanding the ordinary, non-formal domains (e.g. photon processing in the retina and visual cortex)?
- Are the same cognitive mechanisms that we use to characterize everyday ideas also use to characterize formal ideas?
- Exactly what everyday (non-formalized) concepts and cognitive mechanisms are used in exactly what ways in the unconscious conceptualization of technical ideas in abstracted, formalized thought?
And how can we use this information to end Platonism and bring about the Rise of the Machines? ::MUAHAHA::
Things I Like
Favorite Authors (Fiction): F.Dostoevsky, J.R.R.Tolkien, R.Ellison, Homer, H.G.Wells, C.S.Lewis, J.Joyce, E.Bronte, C.Dickens, W.Faulkner, Euripides, W.Shakespeare, M.Twain, Sophocles, W.Whitman, L.Tolstoy, J.Swift
Favorite Authors (Nonfiction): Plato (sigh, that confused man), Aristotle, C.Popper, F.Nietzsche, J.S.Mill, D.Hume, St.Augustine, Voltaire, Avicenna, M.Condorcet, P.d'Holbach, N.Machiavelli, R.Descartes, I.Kant, G.Frege, B.Russell
Favorite Authors (Modern): D.Hofstadter, R.Kurzweil, D.Dennett, E.O.Wilson, J.Pieper, S.Pinker, M.Ridley, J.Diamond, J.Gliek, M.Crichton, R.Dawkins, A.Rand, D.Adams, S.J.Gould, C.Sagan