"People have often been willing to give up personal identity and join into a collective. Historically, that propensity has usually been very bad news. Collectives tend to be mean, to designate official enemies, to be violent, and to discourage creative, rigorous thought. Fascists, communists, religious cults, criminal 'families' — there has been no end to the varieties of human collectives, but it seems to me that these examples have quite a lot in common. I wonder if some aspect of human nature evolved in the context of competing packs. We might be genetically wired to be vulnerable to the lure of the mob." ~ Jaron Lanier
Neil D. is a recovering republican (to be used in the same context as "recovering alcoholic"). He thanks Erik P. from Penn State for taking the first steps to help him free his mind.
I live in San Diego, California, but that is not my home. It is only a temporary place to keep my things and to provide a semi-permanent residence for my far-less-transient-than-me wife. I don't know if I even have a "home" anymore.
By day, I travel to exotic locales and repair exotic scientific instruments. By night, I play whatever electronic game has captured my interest recently, or read all those books that I was supposed to have read when I was in school.
Chemistry (B.S. 2005, Pennsylvania State University, M.S. 2008 University of Pittsburgh).
I learn things recreationally, despite not being very good at it.