I'm a software engineer with a penchant for video games, combat sports, and creative expression.
I don't think there's a better way to read someone than to see what books they have read and what causes they care about.
Books that have made the most lasting impact on me (ordered by magnitude multiplied by time for absorption):
- The Denial of Death
- The Hero with 1000 Faces
- The Way of the Peaceful Warrior
- Man's Search for Meaning
- Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Causes I care about:
- Education optimization - I think we have the tools to break free of our late 18th century education model. And we should. I believe in competition, and it doesn't make sense to me that if you're richer, you get the benefits of having it easier and having more access to education.
- Biology hacking - With the rise of genomics, I am hopeful that in the next 100 years we can wipe out congenital and hereditary diseases. If we can dive deeper into epigenetics and create drugs to promote certain growth during one's youth, we might be able to find a way to completely throw away the whole nature versus nurture debate, which would equalize the playing field and promote more competition.
- Killing bad people. It is a toxic, vile thing when the goodness of man gets warped by a vision of malice, and at that point, they are nothing but a cancer to be excised.