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My name is Greg. I am a software test engineer, an amateur philosopher, and an avid music hobbyist. I run a philosophy blog called Exiting The Cave (https://exitingthecave.com/), and a podcast by the same name (https://anchor.fm/exitingthecave/).


I'm 52 (which, I guess makes me "Gen X", since that starts in 1964). I live in the UK, but I'm originally from Chicago. My work colleagues say I'm too academic, and my academic colleagues say I'm too pragmatic. My favorite philosophy topics are ethics, logic, and the epistemology of science, though I'm finding myself drawn more and more to theology and the philosophy of religion. My favorite programming language is python. I also have an Amateur Radio license: KB9ZYW.


My politics is all over the map. I'm sympathetic to anarcho-capitalist and Libertarian positions, but also sympathetic to many of the arguments of conservative cultural critics (e.g., William Bennett, Allan Bloom, and Roger Scruton). I think social psychology is a valuable scientific field, but I think social psychologists too easily conflate description and prescription, in their research.


My religion is unknown. I was raised nominally Roman Catholic, but my catechism was a very thin watered-down, once-a-week, semi-secular happy-clappy variety taught to public school children in the 70's and 80's. I found it utterly non-compelling. So, I abandoned it as soon as my parents were satisfied with my matriculation in the Catholic church. I am susceptible to the case that Thomas Nagel made in Mind and Cosmos, but think a stronger argument could be made for a theistic conception of being and value, and perhaps a divine panpsychism (see, for example, several of the talks given by Jordan Peterson and Bishop Robert Barron). 


My favorite historical philosophers are Plato, Aristotle, and Hume. My favorite contemporary philosophers are Thomas Nagel, W.V.O Quine, Roger Scruton, and Simon Blackburn.

Last seen: August 3rd 2021
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free speech
buddhism
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existentialism
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libertarianism
judaism
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