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Comment author: Peacewise 23 October 2011 03:46:30PM 4 points [-]

G'day friends,

who you are - that's a question far too involved for a first post. My name is not who I am, nor my job, nor my place of birth, nor what I do for leisure, nor what I find interesting, if you could see me, you might consider that my body is who I am, and I'd agree with that... online I am Peacewise, and that's a name I'm proud and respectful of, so you can expect that I'll maintain the dignity of those who interact with me.

What you're doing - I'm operating a business and studying a teaching degree. Along the way I'm being consistent with my belief that empowering people to see their lens is useful.

what you value - I value knowledge, I value sport and education, I value people and other living creatures.

how you came to identify as a rationalist - I'm not completely familiar with the word "rationalism" as it's used on this site, but my inclination to answer that question is ...by asking questions, by challenging assumptions and preconceptions, by noticing my own lens, by trying on answers and being willing to risk being wrong.

how you found us, a Quora user had a link on his profile page. I appreciate what Alex K Chen had to say in several Quora answers so I followed my intuition and ended up here.

I'm hungry for better thinking, I've spent enough time arguing with those who don't know what they don't know - yet claim they know it! I've had some success in opening a few minds along the way, but I'm tired, so weary of the overwhelming lack of decent thinking and indeed weary of the lack of motivation for decent thinking from too many.

I'd just like a place to be, where I don't have to lead the horse to water and then watch it die from thirst as it drinks sand. That's a flip of a saying my dad uses. "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink." Quite true, but having led that horse to the water, having invested the time, to watch it then not drink the water, instead drinking sand and consequently die, well that's hard... and I'm over it.