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Interview with Amperage

 
 
Reply Mon 19 Apr, 2010 10:31 am
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Welcome everyone to another member interview on philosophyforum.com! Member's interviews provide the opportunity for members to get to know other members a little bit better by answering a small number of questions and saying a little something about themselves.

Today's interviewee is ____Amperage_____ , who has been a member on the forum since ______December 2009_____ .

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So what about you? Most of the forum knows you through the profile at the top of every post you make. Tell us about your profile.
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Q1: So tell us about a little about your name, why you chose it, what it means, etc.
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I chose the name Amperage because I am an electrical engineering student and I thought the reference would be pertinent. For the most part, I use this same name on all forums(though this is really the only one I frequent) since I thought of it.
Q2: Tell us a little about your avatar. Does it mean anything special to you?
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I don't currently have an avatar so I suppose it doesn't mean anything special to me. I guess I should eventually get one but I have yet to really put that much thought into it
Q3: Explain to us the significance of your user title (if you have one) and/or signature. Where does it come from? What can this small tidbit of info tell us about you?
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Lol. I'm starting to get the impression that this interview would be much more cool if I took the time to actually take advantage of all the features available to me. Perhaps I just don't realize what I have in front of me...and won't until it's too late. I may give some thought to an avatar, a user title, and a signature here before too long thanks to this questionnaire
Q4: What made you join the forum?
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I joined this forum after a period of time when I really wanted to find some place to have some good ol' fashion debates. I have always had a natural interest in philosophy and history and I think that both subjects lend themselves quite nicely to rather lively debates. Previously the most active forum I was a member of was a sports forum and most of the debates there were good but I couldn't help but post an off topic post now and again of a philosophical nature, like free will vs determinism that sort of thing. Eventually I just decided to do a Google search and I think I typed in "debate forum" and nothing really interesting popped up, so I typed in "philosophy forum" and I believe this was the site that was the first result. Well when I first started lurking around there was a topic titled, "Is [God] willing to prevent evil, but not able? then is he impotent...", which seemed to be just the type of thing I would like to get involved with so I quickly joined. Though that topic wasn't the first I responded to it was probably the topic that made me realize the people here were both diverse and quite intelligent."
Q5: Can you tell us anything more about your stats, like the volume of posts, your thanks/thanked ratio, and your rep power?
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There is no particular rhyme or reason behind why my stats are the way they are. There is typically certain topics that I am more apt to respond to so it really depends on the regularity that such topics crop up. As far as my thanks/thanked ratio goes I can recall when I first joined I wanted to be sure and thank as many or more people than had thanked me but I've fallen slightly behind on that goal; though I don't nearly care as much about it at this point I suppose.
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Tell us a little bit more about you in general.
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Q6: If you could describe yourself in one short sentence, what would it be and why?
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I tend to be a bit obsessive which leads to overthinking things but I mean well. I would say that sentence describes my personality because it's true for the most part. I tend to think down a line of thought so far, at times, that I end up somewhere where I tend not to recognize anything around me. I have a very obsessive nature and will sometimes develop a habit for a week or 2 and then a completely different one after that meanwhile forgetting about the one I had previously developed. For the most part I try to be as respectful and courteous as possible but every now and again I'll get agitated. I love to laugh and enjoy a well cooked meal Smile...and a clean pair of pants
Q7: Do you have any other interests other than philosophy (i.e. hobbies, work, etc.)?
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My interests outside philosophy are kind of diverse. I'm a scuba diver, video game player, crossfitter, and a college student. I really enjoy watching movies and listening to cool music. Obviously there are more things than that but this should suffice.
Q8: Do those interests coincide with your affinity for philosophy?
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I think in some ways they do, but I think it has more to do with my mindset than an actual connection. I find with things like crossfit for example, that I tend to have an internal battle with myself. I tend to make everything very personal in the sense that if I'm struggling, I will "call myself out" in an attempt to do more than I think I can. Scuba Diving, I think really helps me appreciate the aesthetic beauty of nature even more and I find extremely relaxing.
Q9: Can you tell us anything more about yourself?
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I played football in HS and consider myself a devout Christian. I was born and raised in the south and have younger brother and 2 Jack Russel Terrier dogs(they are so darn smart).
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Tell us about philosophy forum and you.
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Q10: What are your favorite areas of the forum? If you have more than one, give us your top five.
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I find that I tend to do most of my postings in the Metaphysics department and Philosophy of Religion department and occasionally Ethics. I do think that from a certain perspective the first 2 topics are interrelated but I've always been interested in thinking about mind/matter, material/immaterial, time, just why we're here in the first place.
Q11: Do you blog? What are some of the topics you discuss?
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I don't typically blog though I've posted 2 blogs on this site. I posted one dealing with my thoughts on thoughts(as in where they come from and are they controllable) and one on the fallacious nature of using the term "God of the gaps" in a derogatory manner
Q12: If you could describe philosophyforum.com in one word, what would that word be?
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enlightening.
Q13: How would you describe your posts and the style/structure you use?
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point-counter point. I typically attempt to isolate a particular point made by someone else and either expound upon it or question it, followed by my answer to the question I ask.
Q14: What would you do to make philosophy forum a better/more interesting place?
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Honestly I can't think of anything to make it more interesting. Perhaps it would be interesting if once a month or something we had 'centralized topic' of focus where a moderator or admin(or I suppose anybody really) poses a general question that all other members are encouraged to answer and participate in.
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Tell us a little about your perspective of philosophy in general.
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Q15: What first got you interested in philosophy?
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I'm not sure if anything really "got me interested" in philosophy as much as I've just "always been interested" in philosophy. During my first 2 years of college I took an intro to Ethics class and I took an intro to philosophy class. I remember not really liking the ethics class too much but really really loving the philosophy class. One thing I thought made it better than it may have normally been is the way it was structured. It was actually an online course in which every week, each student was required to start at least 2 topics and to respond to at least 2 other topics. Having it not be "in-class" made the responses much more well thought out and removed the 'intimidation factor' that some feel about voicing their opinion on such sometimes sensitive subjects.
Q16: Explain how philosophy is important to you.
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Philosophy is important to me because, for me, it's more about an examination into who I am, more that it is about anything else. It's a chance to get me to formulate my own opinions about certain topics and a means, by way of others, to see where I'm making ill advised assumptions and mistakes
Q17: What keeps you interested in philosophy?
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what keeps me interested in philosophy is the ever changing nature of the people in which I come in contact. I find it amazing how diverse the human mind is even amongst the group we have here. Everyone approaches ever topic very uniquely and from slightly different perspectives. There is no end to what can be learned.
Q18: If you could define you own particular philosophy in one short sentence, what would it be?
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this is quite a broad question and one in which I could go several different ways. I suppose I would say this: Dare to figure out what is at the heart of what you believe. Well...that or: Don't worry be happy Smile
Q19: What do you think the benefits of philosophy are?
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I think the benefits of philosophy are that, not only can it improve your reasoning skills and logic, but it is a means of understanding what things imply. Science gathers all this data but, in some ways, it's the philosophers who tell us what it all means.
Q20: What do you think the drawbacks to philosophy are?
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The drawbacks are that one can become consumed with avenues of thought that can sometimes scare one's self. One can get lost in one's own thoughts in a bad way.
Q21: What is your favorite subject in philosophy (i.e. ethics, logic, etc.)?
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I'd broadly say Metaphysics followed by Ethics.
Q22: What is your least favorite subject in philosophy?
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I don't know that I have a least favorite as much as I merely have a preference for some areas over others. I tend not to post too much in Aesthetics, but I think it's an interesting area of study, for example.
Q23: Who is your favorite philosopher and why?
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I haven't really studied too many philosophers in a very formal sense to really have a favorite or least favorite but just for the sake I'll say Leibniz. I say Leibniz because I like his approach to certain problems and his reasoning skills seem pretty solid.
Q24: Who is your least favorite philosopher and why?
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I don't have a least favorite philosopher.
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Lightning Round!!! Answer either or!
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Q25: Global warming or Global fooling?
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I don't get it....I guess warming
Q26: Conservative or liberal?
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Conservative
Q27: Formal or informal?
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informal
Q28: Smart or ignorant?
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smart
Q29: Mac or PC?
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PC
Q30: Awesome or Phenomenal?
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I probably use awesome more than phenomenal, so awesome.
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GoshisDead
 
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Reply Mon 19 Apr, 2010 10:49 am
@Amperage,
Good to meet you in a more thorough manner Amp, I have always enjoyed your posts, even when I don't agree with them.
VideCorSpoon
 
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Reply Mon 19 Apr, 2010 12:38 pm
@GoshisDead,
It's great to know more about you amperage! I especially appreciate your answer to question 19.... extremely well put. Awesome interview and great use of the multi quote feature for the format!
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kennethamy
 
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Reply Mon 19 Apr, 2010 12:46 pm
@Amperage,
Smart and Ignorant are not either contraries or contradictories. One can be both smart and ignorant. But not smart and stupid, nor ignorant and informed.
VideCorSpoon
 
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Reply Mon 19 Apr, 2010 12:49 pm
@kennethamy,
kennethamy;154069 wrote:
Smart and Ignorant are not either contraries or contradictories. One can be both smart and ignorant. But not smart and stupid, nor ignorant and informed.


That may be something to put in your own interview (and perhaps the intent of the question to begin with!). Most of the "lightning round" questions could be answered in such a way.
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Amperage
 
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Reply Mon 19 Apr, 2010 12:51 pm
@kennethamy,
kennethamy;154069 wrote:
Smart and Ignorant are not either contraries or contradictories. One can be both smart and ignorant. But not smart and stupid, nor ignorant and informed.
I made the assumption that the heart of the question was kind of in the "would you rather know and be miserable or not know and be happy?" genre.

to which I would rather know and be miserable


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Also thanks to those who commented above. I really hope that many of the other prominent members of this forum take the time to fill out the questionnaire because I would love to read everyone responses.
especially those who I most enjoy reading stuff from...people like kennethamy, pyrrho, krumple, xris, fil. albequerque, jeeprs, prothero, emil, all the mods and admins, khethil, reconstructo, jebediah, fido, goshisdead, william, extrain, melonkali, Arjuana, salima, sometime sun, mister kitten, caroline, etc. etc. etc. and on and on and on
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mister kitten
 
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Reply Tue 25 May, 2010 07:22 pm
@Amperage,
You motivated me to do an interview, just so ya know.
Great interview here. Smile
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