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7/12/2015 7:15:51 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Please excuse my poor excuse of a click-bait title.

If you new users don't know who Sargon is, he was a debater who was well know for his knowledge of science and philosophy. He has recently been inactive for a while, but has come to me and asked for an interview where no topic is off the table.

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Here it is, 22 questions and answers, uncensored in all its glory.

< 1: What have you been doing in your DDO absence?

I've been trying to broaden my interests in life. When one focuses too much on intellectual matters, they are susceptible to becoming disembodied, so to speak. They think too much within their own hands rather than kinesthetically. I recently gained employment working a fertilizer plant. This, I hope, will allow to fight against that mind-body disconnection that afflicts some scholars. It's highly physical work.

Nonetheless, both are important. I've been working on what I conceive of as a short book. If it turns out to be of any quality, I plan on digitally publishing it for a 50-50 deal. The thesis of the book is that there are forces in human society that are serving to depersonalize us. In other words, they act against what it means to be a human being. The book explores how this tendency towards depersonalization has manifested itself in modern ways of speaking, music, literature, and media, as well as the connection between this process of depersonalization and globalization. However, I refuse to write anything that merely identifies problems rather than solves them. The book pursues a potential solution through refuting the intellectual grounds behind depersonalization and describing a phenomenological state that directly contradicts this feeling, and how to evoke this state in oneself. In that sense, it's almost spiritual.

In case anybody reading is interested in my writing process, I don't have one. I'm entirely fueled by manic energy. I tend to write one page of writing in a sitting, but I'm completely satisfied with every page I write. Others are, too.

I've tried to broaden my artistic horizons as well. I freestyle rap and I'm going to begin painting abstract watercolor once I acquire the proper materials. At this point in time, I want to create.

As one may tell, I'm not focused on issues about god and physics lately. The problems that I attempt to resolve are synthetic: they require history, literature, art, and other humanities. Logical/mathematical deduction and proofs simply aren't helpful in this case.

< 2: Have any of your views changed in the time you were away?

Many of my views have remained the same. I'm still a physicalist, as I believe that the arguments in favor of it are almost insurmountable. I don't want this to be interpreted as a lack of open-mindedness. I admit that arguments for idealism are often difficult to deal with. In honestly, it seems that idealism, in its various forms, has experienced a Renaissance in philosophy circles. Personally, I have read articles on the nature of self, approached from a phenomenological perspective, that often make me doubt whether or not physicalism is true.

I have been a reductionist for many years, but presently, I don't consider myself a reductionist. In the area of the self, specifically, the first person-givenness of experience, a holistic picture is necessary. While we find no "I" in introspection, we must realize that there is a self doing the introspection, and that this introspection is exclusive to an individual self in a condition referred to as mineness. In simple terms, my introspection is not your introspection.

< 3: What's your favorite recent debate?

I enjoy anything from Envisiage. People are often fearful to take different debates on a myriad of topics. I'm one of them, and I feel the need to expand my horizons on this website. Of course, the classic, quality debaters (they know who they are) still produce fine debates.

< 4: Think up of any new arguments?


Other than the thesis of my book, I'm thinking through the notion that god and the notion of self are inconsistent.

< 5: What's your favorite philosopher?


In terms of influence, Quentin Smith.

< 6: What's your favorite color?

Purple.

< 7: What's the closest you've come to death?

I've been hospitalized and involved in vehicular accidents.

< 8: Have you caused anyone to come close to death?

I do what I have to.

< 9: What's the worst crime you've committed?

I haven't committed any violent crimes, but I've probably violated a multitude of drug laws.

< 10: Have your views caused anyone to become violent towards you?

I've fought for my beliefs.

< 11: What's your weapon of choice?

Box cutter. Definitely the box cutter.

< 12: What's your favorite type of porn?

Burlesque dancing is acceptable (e.g. Dita von Teese). I wouldn't say my sexual interests deviate too far from the norm.

< 13: Have you had a sexual experience, come close to it or in the words of Tommy Wiseau "How's your sex life?"? If so, what did she (or he) look like? Was it awkward or good?

Yes.

< 14: What's the most intense pain you've experienced recently? Emotional or physical.

I spent a week inside of my bedroom and lost 23 pounds from depression. I'm over it. I'm generally an incredibly happy person.

<15: What kind of drugs have you done?


Drugs are divided into stimulants and depressants. I've done drugs from both categories. In terms of stimulants, I've used cocaine, amphetamine, ecstasy, sativas, methylphenidate, and nicotine. In terms of depressants, I've used Xanax, Ativan, Vicodin, Valium, hydrocodone, promethazine with codeine, alcohol, and marijuana.

< 16: Do you regret doing any of them?

Not particularly. I haven't experienced any significant life-consequences from any of them that would make me regret it.

< 17: What's the best time you've had while high?

I went through 150 pages of "The History of Western Philosophy" by Russel while on adderall once.

Any time with your friends is a good high. If I had to provide a best time, it would be my 16th birthday party.

< 18: What's the worst time you've had while high?

Sometimes I start hating my company and try to find a way out as fast as I can. That's the worst aspect I can think of.

< 19: Are you currently addicted to anything?


I've never been addicted to anything in my life. I have a Buddhist-like detachment from any kind of material objects, including drugs. I can enjoy them if they're present, but if not, I don't suffer for it.

< 20: Platonism, yay or nay? Why or why not?

I'm not a Platonist, but I have this peculiar thought in my head that Durkheim's notion of social facts might lend credence to Platonism. I'm working through questions of how social facts should be properly understood and if they exist, at least conceptually, independent of space and time.

< 21: If you went back 3 years in time , what would you tell yourself? And how would backwards time travel affect your views?

I'd tell myself that my life will be better.

If I could travel backwards in time, I'd tell myself to be some kind of B-theorist.

< 22: What's your favorite scientific discipline?


Phenomenology.
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7/12/2015 8:10:06 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/12/2015 7:15:51 PM, n7 wrote:
<15: What kind of drugs have you done?

Drugs are divided into stimulants and depressants. I've done drugs from both categories. In terms of stimulants, I've used cocaine, amphetamine, ecstasy, sativas, methylphenidate, and nicotine. In terms of depressants, I've used Xanax, Ativan, Vicodin, Valium, hydrocodone, promethazine with codeine, alcohol, and marijuana.

This sargon kid sounds cool as f*ck