On here, I'm many things. Firstly, I am an aspiring evolutionary biologist who finds the vast diversity of life, both living and extinct, truly fascinating. I've gone collecting fossils of Middle Devonian age on my own land, and some beautiful pelecypods [Unknown sp.] are to be found on my shelf. This I am planning on majoring in.
I am a secular humanist, who believes in the abilities of Man to solve his own problems (with absolutely no offence to my robotic friends). I stand firmly by the saying that "two hands working do far more than a thousand clasped in prayer". I believe consciousness to emerge from the brain, not from some external entity, and only believe in that which can be demonstrated empirically to be true. To tell the truth, I am not as vehement the antitheist as I used to be; although I still lack belief in any gods or other supernatural entities, I don't argue on it nearly as much as I used to and it doesn't affect my personal life at all. In the Northeast, religion is nowhere as nearly important as in other parts of the U.S., and as I am hoping to move to Germany someday, the rates of religosity are even lower. Although I stay informed and vote about things like my own country's politics, I see arguing about it as futile for the most part, and again, it doesn't impact my life very much except in the incredibly unlikely case someone in power does something incredibly
stupid (which I doubt will happen soon). This seems to be a calmer phase of Man's history, at least within the civilised world [look at, for example, the countries of Europe not all at each other's throats for the first time in world history] and hope it lasts for a long time to come.
Regarding art, I'm currently trying to learn manga and master my (very nice) Bamboo graphics tablet. My art studio is a room that was once an old nursery I've been converting for my own
purposes. By now, all it needs is a coat of paint. I'm thinking a sea green, maybe.
In case anybody is curious as to my tag-line, sea tulips refer to an unmoving species of animal, Pyura spinifera
. Sea tulips and their relatives are characterised by a freely-swimming larval phase, after which they find a rock or coral to attach to and never move again. It is believed by many, though, that some 530 million years ago, a quirk of biology meant that one of these strange animals would retain the motile juvenile form throughout the life cycle. This strange mutant eventually developed into all animals with a backbone, including Man. The tag-line is of my own creation, a poetic way of representing this; a sea squirt that never grew up.
Picture is of me taken in July 2012 at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., next to "Morgie" (Morgancuodon oehleri
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