About

Who cares who is behind this blog? Apparently someone does. Sorry to disappoint you, but I am not going to provide a name and a face. But I will make up for that by explaining myself. When I started this blog, for the first month or so, it was a mishmash of quotes, music cd reviews, my thoughts on some movies that I had seen in the recent past and so on. It also had an occasional post on programming and politics, but most of the content was light. I guess I was just testing the waters.

For years I watched the blogging phenomenon from the sidelines, but never did take part in it because the cynic in me has seen too much to believe that this world is a great place and that all human beings are wonderful people. And it follows that nothing I or anyone else writes is going to change things one bit. The only good thing blogging does, I realized sometime back, is it lets you put your views on various matters out in the open and also reduces the feeling of claustrophobia and frustration that builds up when you see things happening that you know you can do nothing to change. This one reason finally made me take the plunge.

I am an atheist and religion and politics are subjects that bug me; and the right to absolute freedom of expression is something I strongly believe in. I would like to think of myself as some kind of philosopher, but as far as actual reading on the subject is concerned, I haven’t progressed beyond numerous incomplete readings of a few volumes of Copleston’s History of Philosophy series. But that does not in anyway reduce my interest in the subject.

I enjoy reading books, listening to music and watching movies and here are some of my favorites:
Authors: Ayn Rand, Frederick Forsyth, Jeffrey Archer and Harper Lee;
Composers : A.R.Rahman, Vishal Bhardwaj and Ismail Darbar;
Movies : Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, Satya and Conspiracy.

Should be sufficient I think. And should also probably explain the name of the blog. Philosophy plus computing equals Aristotle The Geek.

My political compass
My Political Compass

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Comments

  • Anonymous  On November 17, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I know you are Dr. Gregory House. Am I right? Please reply I am curious to know the truth.

  • Aristotle The Geek  On November 17, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Yes, I am the one – the angry, argumentative, irreverent, cynical, misanthropic maniac.

  • Ed Lamoureux  On November 24, 2008 at 6:30 am

    would love to reference your blog in some courses I teach.
    However, I cannot do that with anonymous blogs.
    Not sure what you gain from hiding your identity. Makes it so we can’t use your ideas in a scholarly way.

    ethos, pathos AND logos.
    Credibility matters.

  • you12  On November 24, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    On my political compass I scored an exact anarchist.

  • Aristotle The Geek  On November 25, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Ed,
    “Not sure what you gain from hiding your identity.”
    Anonymity, pseudonymity rather. It has its uses – important ones.

    “Credibility matters.”
    I agree it does. But as I have explained, blogging for me is, among other things, a venting mechanism. Its not a ‘formal’ statement of anything, and most people who follow me recognize that. In that context, credibility of the citing kind is not that important. It does matter in academia and in a professional setting, but as far as this blog is concerned, given a choice between a reference and anonymity, I would choose the latter any day. Its that important.

  • raveler  On February 28, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Anonymity has its merits; however, your not going to sell many books this way.

  • Aristotle The Geek  On February 28, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I have no intention of selling anything through this blog, except, probably the idea of freedom. Part of the process is discovering and selling it to myself.

  • taz  On March 10, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Aristotle has nothing on u but sisyphus will sure get a run for his money. inksi, is this u, ya? well write back will u; have been trying to track u down for eons. tut!

  • yet_another_hindu_infidel  On March 17, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Could you by any chance be a hot chick?

  • Pramod Biligiri  On July 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Hey do you have a mail id or something? A few of us libertarian bloggers (Ramesh Srivats, Ganesh Rathnam & myself) are discussing meeting up in Bangalore and I thought it’d be great if you could come too. We might try to meet Sauvik in Goa too, depending on how it works out.

    If that sounds interesting, give me your mail id and I’ll add you to the thread :)

  • Frank  On August 7, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Aristotle, I have been following this blog for a long time. It is very good. I am an Austro-Libertarian, and a great fan of Ayn Rand. I find our website in your blogroll. I have something important to ask you. I shall be grateful if you can send me an email to the address I have provided.

  • rakaonly  On August 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Just found this blog in the list of my “Referrers” (I think for the ‘Ardha Satya write-up). You have a brilliant blog, I must say. I, too, am a great fan of Ayn Rand and individualism. And btw, ‘anonymity’ is the perfect choice for any blogger who wants to vent his/her ideas without being bugged by any judgemental readership.

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