About Me, Personally

I prefer an open mind to a consenting one. “Some of my beliefs will be mistaken” is the sole belief I hold with certitude. I avoid undue praise for principles in abstraction, for fear I might neglect those principles in action.

These days I tend to think lots about religion, the ethics of food, politics and human sexuality. I’m interested in social justice, feminism, and language. I wonder about the interplay between emotions and reason. I’m a student of pragmatism. I enjoy exploring what counts as truth or knowledge.

I was born on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the second of three sons to traditional Iranian parents. I love animals, and I love sustainability. I’m a happy vegan.

Religious Views
  • I value humanity for its own sake, flaws and virtues. I navigate all my beliefs under the assumption that some of them are false. I try to understand the religious viewpoints of others with friendly discourse.
Political Views
  • We reach greater heights of happiness and personal security when cooperating with our fellow humans than when exploiting each other.

Some of My Favourite Quotations

The pleasure and paradox of my own exile is that I belong wherever I am. George Lemming

Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda. I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

Zararın neresinden dönülse kardır. [No matter how far down the wrong road you have gone, turn back.] Turkish Proverb

He was perfect except for the fact,
that he was an engineer. Regina Spektor, ‘Love Affair’

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good [people] do nothing. Edmund Burke

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. Isaac Asimov (1920 – 1992)

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. William James (1842 – 1910)

The guardians who have so benevolently taken over the supervision of humankind have carefully seen to it that the far greatest part of them regard taking the step to maturity as very dangerous, not to mention difficult. Having first made their domestic livestock dumb, and making sure that these placid creatures will not dare take a single step without the harness of the cart to which they are tethered, the guardians then show them the danger which threatens if they try to go alone. Now this danger is not actually so great, for after falling a few times they would in the end certainly learn to walk; but an example of this kind makes men timid and usually frightens them out of all further attempts. Immanuel Kant

I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to mis-attribute this quote to Voltaire.
Avram Grumer

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