User:Metanoid

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BA This user has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy.
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I was born on Pearl Harbor Day in 1974 in the USA. I happen to have a more-or-less encyclopedic memory for things I've read, especially if biology-related (but not, alas, for the location of my car keys and/or wallet). Currently, I live within 40 minutes of both Assateague Island National Seashore (Maryland) and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (Virginia).

My academic focus is in environmental philosophy and ethics, especially bioethics and animal ethics. Besides philosophy, I dabble in a little of everything - national and international politics, psychology and the various other cognitive sciences, and even progressive rock music (if I were to make a list, King Crimson in its many incarnations and Tool happen to fall into my all-time top five favorite musical acts) -- though (as a student of biology for many years) zoology and its related subfields happen to be among my favorite subjects!

By and large, my interests are interdisciplinary, and so there'll be some variation day-to-day as to what I'm editing. I have a background in the philosophy of biology, so I appreciate solid conceptual critiques of the life sciences. My general intention is to keep abreast in the subject, so when I'm thinking or writing about living organisms my philosophical speculations have their roots in the real world. For the same reasons, I frequently browse politics, the social sciences (anthropology, etc.), philosophy and religion (especially Buddhism), human evolution, neuroscience, ecology, ornithology, herpetology, paleontology, linguistics, world history, and international law, among others. Philosophically speaking, I am an idealist and panentheist.

My favorite animals tend to be birds, reptiles, carnivores, and primates, though I am terribly fascinated by most animate beings. My latest career stint was at a local park doing environmental education with native, non-releasable raptors and other birds, snakes, turtles, lizards, froggies, bugs and various other creepy-crawlies. Plans in the near future include attending a grad program in Environmental Studies or nature writing, or possibly veterinary technology.

For your viewing pleasure, here are a few projects I have/been (or plan to get) working on (some, of course, more than others):

Snapping turtle
Chelydridae
Allegheny woodrat
Ground squirrel
Delmarva Peninsula
Pocomoke River


Feel like discussing any articles I've edited, or got something on your mind? Contact me at your leisure; if you take the time and effort to talk, I'll reciprocate (eventually -- trust me!).


Some of the following links are bound to be as useful to you as they are to me: