If I knew then…

“What’s the best advice you have ever received?”

“Once you realize that pretty much everything you have ever been taught is either wrong or an outright lie, that’s when you start becoming your own person.”

“What is the worst advice you have ever been given?”

“Follow your dreams” is probably the worst. Far too many nightmares that involve people I never want to be associated with ever again. This is closely followed by “Follow your passion”. Passion I reserve for my loved ones. There is nothing else in life to which I might allow myself to feel passion. There is a reason why they call certain crimes “Crimes of Passion”. Too many people think that ‘Passion” is only a positive emotion.

Who is your ‘hero’?

In as much as I have heroes, John Harrison (1693-1776) is top of my list. John Harrison designed the most accurate clocks available at the time when needed for the determination of Longitude. He did this in a time when he was deemed a less than educated person. I remember the first time I went to the museum at Greenwich and turned the final corner into the room where H1 to H4 are kept. My heart felt as though it would leave my chest. Hundreds of years later and they are still some of the most accurate mechanical clocks on the planet. Also, thanks to folks such as Lt. Cmr. Rupert T. Gould (1890-1948) for the restoration of H1 – H4.

However, I value the efforts of many others such as Maire Curie, Ada Lovelace, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and Bertrand Russell.

“What do you think about most often?”

I believe that there is too much confusion between ‘morality’ and ‘ethics’. I believe the former to be nonsense and the latter to be poorly defined currently. I have a new definition of ‘ethics’ and I am working on a paper to redefine ‘ethics’ so that we can apply it to every aspect of human activity past, present, and future.

“What is the best invention ever?”

Logic. Yes, definitely Logic. I might also include Stoicism. Everything else is derivative.

What is your favourite Quote?”

“We all have a tendency to think that the world must conform to our prejudices. The opposite view involves some effort of thought, and most people would die sooner than think—in fact, they do so. Bertrand Russell, The ABC of Relativity. (I own a first edition)

“What should we be thinking about most often?”

The future of every species other than human. Without other species, humans have no future.

“Do you believe in God?”

I suppose I would have to believe there is such a thing as a God in order for me to believe in that God.

“If you could have lunch with anyone famous, who would that be?”

Socrates…I would hope that Plato was our waiter.

What is your guilty pleasure?

A nice non-Cuban Maduro cigar. However, I never feel guilty about it. I also do my best to get hold of a bottle of Westerhall Plantation rum whenever I can. Still, no guilt.

“Cats or dogs?”

What is this thing you call a dog?

“Introvert or Extravert?”

Let’s just say that the Covid-19 pandemic has been the best time I have had since my nine months (42 weeks, actually!) in the womb.

Optimist or Pessimist?”

Nihilist.

“Political leaning?”

Wow. Getting personal. Libertarian-Left. Pretty much a younger version of Noam Chomsky.