I was born in Boston. I spent most of my life there. I've also lived in England and Spain. I've traveled to India, France, South Africa, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine (West Bank), Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Oman, Mexico, Syria, and Portugal. I am an American, and I feel American, but I first and foremost I am a human -- a citizen of the world.
I've always wanted to change the world. I've had many ideas over the years, but each decade makes me more humble. I see my place in the universe as smaller and smaller, but I still think I can make a dent.
I do not believe in "right" and "wrong." I do not believe in "good" and "evil." I believe that some thoughts and actions are destructive (physically and emotionally), while others cause life to thrive and flourish (physically and metaphorically). I hope that future societies embrace a set of ethics rooted in information theory. Any two actions A and B could be compared by measuring the entropy in resulting systems (resulting in a partial order). Higher entropy is my "evil." Flourishing, thriving, beautiful, complex life is my "good."
There were several moments in my life where my world changed suddenly. The first was when my uncle explained Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity. I was floored by the fact that time itself could be different from different reference frames. I was floored again when I learned that space itself could warp (General Theory of Relativity). I was further shocked as a sophomore in college, when I read about Young's two-slit experiment and entanglement. In subsequent years I was introduced to concepts from cognitive science which have taught me that each of us has, at best, a tenuous hold on reality. We are predictably irrational and our memories can be tampered with. The list goes on... society of mind... Gödelian incompleteness.... I treasure those moments when my world gets turned upside down. I love finding out that I've been totally wrong about something.
Leo Tolstoy said, "If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.” I believe this. I also believe that nobody wants to go to a front line and shoot at their friends. Would you support a war with a country in which your friends were soldiers? I wouldn't. Our politicians would be reticent to make us do something we are so loathe to do. Person-to-person connections between people of all nations represents a bottom-up road to peace -- billions and billions of ties that bind. The main barrier, many times, is language. I want to change that.
The Pangeon, for me, is a place to connect with other deep thinkers, and to express myself through blog posts, papers, ideas, and more.