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Comment author: wadavis 14 January 2014 10:05:48PM 1 point [-]

I am an engineer practicing in Alberta, of course my trade is closer to math pure and physics than chemistry, but all the same I would be available for a text-based interview.

Comment author: Baruta07 15 January 2014 01:51:05AM 0 points [-]

Well that's amusing. It's for a Alberta based curriculum. Anyway that would be most agreeable as the assignment is simply to "Interview an individual employed in a 'SCIENCE' based occupation and make special note of the significance of science and technology in their occupation. Record their views on the significance of social responsibilities that pervade their chosen occupation." I'll ask the teachers if you qualify. You should as engineering is based on a very sound understanding of physics.

Comment author: Baruta07 14 January 2014 07:00:20PM 2 points [-]

For my high-school Chemistry course I need to interview an individual involved with the sciences in some professional capacity. Anyone interested?

Comment author: Anatoly_Vorobey 14 January 2014 06:55:06PM 1 point [-]

This is too insubstantial for a separate post: I suggest to delete it and re-ask the question as a comment in the recent Open Thread.

Comment author: Baruta07 14 January 2014 06:58:53PM 0 points [-]

Will do

Comment author: Polymeron 11 August 2013 07:34:58AM 0 points [-]

Interestingly, my first reaction to this post was that a great deal of it reminds me of myself, especially near that age. I wonder if this is the result of ingrained bias? If I'm not mistaken, when you give people a horoscope or other personality description, about 90% of them will agree that it appears to refer to them, compared to the 8.33% we'd expect it to actually apply to. Then there's selection bias inherent to people writing on LW (wannabe philosophers and formal logic enthusiasts posting here? A shocker!). And yet...

I'm interested to know, did you have any particular goal in mind posting this, or just making yourself generally known? If you need help or advice on any subject, be specific about it and I will be happy to assist (as will many others I'm sure).

Comment author: Baruta07 13 August 2013 09:33:26PM 0 points [-]

Actually I had multiple reasons for posting this. Firstly it's to make myself known to the community. As an ulterior motive I have trouble with being open with others and connecting (although I suspect that this is a common problem) and I want to get over my fear of such.

Comment author: ILikeLogic 11 August 2013 07:14:24AM 1 point [-]

Pratchett and Gaiman co-authored a book called 'Good Omens'. I highly recommend it.

Comment author: Baruta07 13 August 2013 09:31:34PM 1 point [-]

I've already read it thanks. To anyone else reading this 'Good Omens' is thoroughly funny and a all around good read.

Comment author: luminosity 03 August 2013 01:07:49PM 3 points [-]

Welcome!

You should consider breaking this post up into paragraphs. There's just too much unstructured text for me to want to read more than a few lines.

Comment author: Baruta07 03 August 2013 07:33:30PM 2 points [-]

Right, Paragraphs. Knew I was forgetting something!

Comment author: Baruta07 01 August 2013 01:16:03AM *  7 points [-]

My name is Alexander Baruta. People call me confident, knowledgeable, and confident. The truth behind those statements is that I'm inherently none of those. I hate stepping outside my comfort zone; as some of my friends would say "I hate it with a fiery burning passion to rival the sun". As a consequence I read a ton of books, I also have only had one good ELA teacher. My summer school teacher for ELA 30-1 (that's grade 12 English for those of you outside Canada), I'm in summer-school not because I failed the course but because I want to get ahead. I'm going into grade 12 with 3 core 30 level subjects completed. (although this is offset by the 2 additional science courses I want to take).

I spent most of my life in a christian environment and during that time I was one of those that thought humans could do no evil, Queue me being bullied. While nothing major, it was enough to set me thinking that what I'd been taught was wrong. I spent many years (Grades 6-9) trying to cope with my lack of faith, and as a result decided that the Bible was wrong. I don't know when I was introduced to LW, I think I found it simultaneously through TVTropes (warning may ruin your life), HPMOR, and Google. Since then I've been shocked at the attitude towards education in Alberta, for instance Bayes Theorem was on the Gr 11 curriculum six years ago and has since been removed along with the entirety of probability theorem to be replaced with what I like to call 1000 ways to manipulate boring graphs. I attend a self directed school.

One reason for the length of my explanation is that I want to expand my comfort zone, It is one of my major goals because I am an introvert, If any of you set any store by the Myers-Briggs test I am an INTJ. As a result of my introversion it is rather difficult for me to make any close friends, (although it is atrocious practice, I suspect that I am an ambivert: someone possesing both introverted and extroverted personality traits. When I am in a comfortable setting I am the life of the party. Other times I simply find the quietest corner and read). I am attempting to overcome my more extreme traits by taking up show-choir (not like glee at all I swear) and by being more open with myself and others. Due to pure chance I am going to become the holder of a Canadian-American duel citizenship and as a consequence able to attend a university in the states. Due to even more fortunate circumstances I am having at least a percentage of my tuition paid for by one of my relatives.

Some of my more socially unusual traits are things that are practically open secrets to my acquaintances. (Right now the mantra is I need to do this) I am a member of the Furry Fandom, and a Transhumanist (rather ironic really), as well as a wannabe philosopher. (Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, as well as some of the earlier ones such as Aristotle, not to be confused with Aristophanes) I thoroughly enjoy formal logic as well as psychology and neurology. I fear being judged, but I also welcome that judgement because I can use criticism to help me see beyond my tiny Classical perspective ingrained by my upbringing.

In terms of literature I enjoy mainly Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and science (Although I do enjoy a little romance on the side, Iff it is well written, and thanks to my wonderful ELA teacher I am learning to enjoy tragedy as well as comedy). My favorite authors include: Brandon Sanderson, Neil Gaimon, Issac Asimov, Terry Pratchett, Ian. M. Banks, Shakespeare (yes Shakespeare), G.K. Chesterton, and Patrick Rothfuss, As well as some specialized authors of Furry Fiction. (Will. A. Sanborn, Simon Barber, Phil Guesz [pronounced like Seuss was originally pronounced]) In some capacity I also study what rationalists consider to be the dark arts, as I participate (and do rather well in) a debate club. (8th overall in the beginner category). However in my defense I need the practice of arguing with someone else in a reasonably capable capacity because I tend to have trouble expressing myself on a day to day basis. (Although the scoring system is completely ridiculous, it marks people between 66-86 percent and does not seem capable of realizing that getting a 66 is the exact same thing as a 0...) Again sorry for the wall of text... it's a bad habit of mine to ramble. I just needed to finally tell someone these things.

~Actually, consider this as my: Lurker Status=Revoked post. I did one intro when I'd just joined and have been commenting on various things including me mixing up Aristotle and Aristophanes to amusing results.

Comment author: Ben_LandauTaylor 28 July 2013 03:08:10PM 4 points [-]

If you come to visit MIT, and you happen to be around campus on a Sunday, we'd love to have you at one of the Boston meetups. Also, if you want to talk to some MIT students or alumni, let me know and I'll see if I can put you in touch.

Comment author: Baruta07 01 August 2013 12:14:52AM 0 points [-]

I might also take you up on that offer if you are willing. I've been considering MIT as a university since I heard that it has a insanely good Bio (and everything else) program. I'm currently getting my citizenship, reporting as a birth abroad (I'm 17 and have all the necessary qualifications) and want to do better than attending the ULeth Bio program as while it is decent it's nowhere near as good as MIT or any of the good universities in the states. Sorry if I seem overeager, It's just that things are a little stressful for me to pick a University at the moment. Sigh according to my friends I am insanely lucky, but I want to do better than chance.

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Comment author: Douglas_Knight 24 June 2013 10:38:03PM *  0 points [-]

I am surprised to note that I have never before heard anyone confuse Aristotle and Aristophanes, even in jest. (cf the tailor: "You rip a dese?" "You mend a dese.")

Comment author: Baruta07 27 June 2013 11:27:35PM 0 points [-]

Wow was that stupid. I'm not even gonna attempt to defend that statement. Facepalm

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Comment author: Douglas_Knight 16 April 2011 03:15:47AM 1 point [-]

To add to the Aristotelian chorus, he wrote a book on fish.

Comment author: Baruta07 24 June 2013 03:05:23PM 1 point [-]

And now I'm hearing the modern major general's song in my head... "I know the croaking chorus from The Frogs of Aristophanes!"

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