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Jarno Lahtinen

Helsinki, Finland
Speaks: A little bit of German, Some Swedish, English, Finnish (mother tongue)
Joined May 2, 2011

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I'm inordinately busy in this annoying thing called "real life" right now, thus my absense from the site. Hopefully things will get less hectic, and I'll find the time to participate more again. :)

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Joined May 2, 2011 Activist Aspirations Casual 
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Groups Forests & Trees, ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest, World Wide - Legal Action 4 Animal Rights
Hometown Helsinki 
Birthday Dec 24  
Languages A little bit of German, Some Swedish, English, Finnish (mother tongue)  
About Me I am an agnostic atheist, somewhat of a science geek, passionate about nature and the natural sciences, especially biology.
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Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Liberal
Religions Agnostic atheist  
Eating Habits  
Wild Fact About Me I once climbed a mountain by accident. Learned to read maps better afterwards.
My Philosophy I'm a philosophical naturalist, secular humanist and a skeptic.

At core in my world view is the admission that "I may be wrong in whatever I believe in, no matter how strongly I believe it", and in accordance to that, I take care to try and avoid the pitfalls and biases that lead us into wrong conclusion, and I tend to hold claims to a consistent standard of evidence.

I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt, and value open and honest discussion, empathy and compassion.
What Gives Me Hope The trends of world history - even though it might not always seem so, we have come a long way in terms of making societies more egalitarian and less ruled by dogmatic institutions or tyrants. We're far from done in this task, but the progress gives me hope.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by I would make ethics and critical thinking classes a manditory part of elementary and high school education. I believe that simply by creating a more compassionate, and more thoughtful and critical populace, many great things would follow.
What/who changed my life and why
What Bugs Me People letting ideology trump evidence, Inflexible dogma, absolute "truths", inflexibility and intolerance, people judging others on stereotypes, religious extremism, Cruelty to people or animals  
Passions Justice and compassion, Freedom of religion, Freedom of expression, Human rights, Education, Nature, Science - especially biology  
What Scares Me  
Role Models  
Quotation "Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage."

-Woody Allen
Books Darwin's Dangerous Idea by D. Dennett, Science - A History by John Gribbin, Endless Forms Most Beautiful by S.B Car., The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem, Night Watch by Terry Pratchett  
Music Leonard Cohen, Classical and world music, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, My Brightest Diamond, Tom Waits  
Movies Groundhog Day, Life of Brian, Million Dollar Baby, Shawshank Redemption, Master And Commander, Quills  
TV Shows  
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    Jan 8, 2013 7:44 AM

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    Apr 24, 2012 8:41 PM

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    I remembered Jarno!
    Love and thanks for all you do ~ Vicki

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    Have a wonderful week dear Jarno!
    Love and Hugs ~ Vicki

    Mar 27, 2012 4:42 PM

    Victoria P. (108)

    Enjoy the splendor of Spring dear Jarno!...Frog Day is coming up soon, so also wishing you a Happy one just in case I can't get to it later

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