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Vincent Oostelbos

"Life is rich!"

Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Speaks: Some German/French/Japanese, Dutch, English
Joined Sep 5, 2010

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Groups DUO for World Peace
Hometown Utrecht, Utrecht 
Birthday Dec 21  
Languages Some German/French/Japanese, Dutch, English  
About Me I think nature-related causes are more important than human-related causes. I love animals with a special place in my heart for cats and I hope to live without them as little as possible. I don't consider myself a spiritual person at all (I think that sort of thing often conflicts with science, and in that conflict I favor science), but I agree with someone who once told me I still have spirit (one of the best compliments I've ever gotten). I'm a socialist according to a test I once took - I vote for political parties that favor the environment and sustainability, and also keeping the difference between rich and poor relatively small. I'm studying linguistics at Utrecht University with a minor in artificial intelligence. Besides these things I'm also interested in (in order) psychology, sociology, biology, ecology, physics, math, chemistry and several other things. I never want to stop gaining knowledge and learning new languages (currently working on Japanese). I'm not quite a vegetarian but I try not to eat too much meat. I think my best qualities are optimism, patience and scientific curiosity. I think my worst qualities are probably social awkwardness and a tendency to shut down after receiving too much input. Oh, and I'm a tee-totaller.
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Pets Several chickens, 1 Rabbit, Hana, Yottem, 2 Cats  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Very Liberal
Religions Atheist/Agnostic  
Eating Habits Not quite vegetarian  
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My Philosophy Life is incredibly rich and I would feel like I'd be wasting it and our world if I didn't learn as much about it as possible, in various fields. Therefore I always try to be learning. Also, there's so many good things in life. Instead of explaining your pessimism by telling people you're realistic, why not explain your optimism in that way?
What Gives Me Hope How much I know already (in absolute terms, not relatively speaking per se) despite only living in the third decade of my life. People who care about animals, nature, and freedom more in social than economic terms. Cashiers who slide the "next customer" boards all the way to the back of the line so that everyone can reach them easily.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by [random environmentally supportive act]
What/who changed my life and why The book that changed my life is The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt, because it inspired me to go out and learn things like Ludo (from the book) does the whole time. Shame I'll never reach his heights. Most likely. But that won't stop me from trying!
What Bugs Me People who do harm unto others, People who say people WHOM do harm, Denial of science, Spirituality in many forms, Republicans, War, Islamophobia, Homophobia, Racism, Discrimination, Pessimism, People who don't want to learn, Alcohol abuse, Any one that would hurt an  
Passions Science, Psychology, Languages, Nature, Knowledge  
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Quotation "And though our bodies recoil from the grip of the soil - why the long face?" - Joanna Newsom
Books Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Gebr. by Ted van Lieshout, The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt  
Music Spinvis, Shimakura Chiyoko, Kitajima Saburou, Hashi Yukio, Sebastian, CocoRosie, Vashti Bunyan, Laura Veirs, Feist, Leonard Cohen, Melanie, Joanna Newsom  
Movies Tillsammans, The Crying Game, Streetwise, , Sommersturm, Diarios de Motocicleta, Lord of the Rings, The Last Samurai, Dances With Wolves, American Beauty, Contact, Whole New Thing, Machuca, Du Er Ikke Alene  
TV Shows The Office (US), Numb3rs, Earth Touch, X-Files, The Big Bang Theory, House M.D., Bones, LOST  
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Can't Live Without Music, Loved Ones, Alone Time, Learning, Knowledge, People, Cats  
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