I am Virtuoso. Jewish * Democratic Socialist * Aspie. AMA

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I think I've seen your profile pic before, on edeb8. What was your account name there, if any?
--> @Swagnarok
I was Kohai. I am/was also the moderator on Edeb8.
--> @Virtuoso
How do you feel and think that having Aspergers impacts you?  Do you think there are advantages?  If so, what?  Disadvantages?  If so, what?  If not, why?

Side note: 

I dated a guy in college who had Aspergers, before it was reclassified as being "on the spectrum" by the DSM-5 I think.  We got along incredibly well, too, mostly because we both had similar needs with respect to emotional engagement, among other things.  We also both liked and preferred routines, and functioned best when there were routines... even to the level of "on thursdays we have lunch at [x] (location) before going to [y] location do to (activity)".   He also didn't like to go out very much, except to movies, and this suited me well because I wasn't really "out" at that time. 

He had some quirks (like being a picky eater, and not liking to be in crowded areas), but really none of them ever got in the way of our being able to date.  The only challenge really was when he would hang out with his or my friends, because he never knew what to do with himself in social situations and was always very anxious in them.  With me he was very comfortable, but if one of my friends was over he would often hide if he was also over and pretend to play WOW or DOTA, or read.  

I think he is now getting a PhD in some kind of applied mathematics.  Still odd as he can be, but he was then and still is now a very sweet guy.  
--> @coal
How do you feel and think that having Aspergers impacts you?  Do you think there are advantages?  If so, what?  Disadvantages?  If so, what?  If not, why?

This is a fantastic question and will take a lot of time to answer. I don't have much time now but ding me tomorrow! I'm in the very early stages of writing a book about it.
--> @Virtuoso
Excellent.  I'll think of a few more.  Take your time.  These are fairly complex questions, except the one about Ben Shapiro, who is as unidimensional and monolithic as he is obnoxious. 

Why democratic socialism, and, more interestingly, why NOT anything else?  I may be misremembering, but I seem to recall that you were not always a democratic socialist, or even politically on the left.  What changed, and why?  Why have you stuck with this?

I've noticed that you've had a lot of debates about whether Jesus is the messiah, here and elsewhere.  Do you feel that validation of your religious beliefs requires the invalidation of Christianity?  If so, why Christianity in particular?  Further, if you believe that Christianity would need to be invalidated in order to validate your own religious beliefs, do you also feel this way about other Abrahamic religions, namely Islam? If you do not believe that Islam or other Abrahamic religions would need to be invalidated, why Christianity in particular? Beyond Abrahamic religions, have you similarly considered and rejected (as you have with Christianity) other world religions? Namely, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism? 

How do you feel about Ben Shapiro?

How do you feel about Noam Chomsky?

How do you feel about the current situation between Israel and Palestine? 

Let's talk the interplay between politics and religion.  Discuss your thoughts on contemporary Israeli politics, the degree to which you think Israel should or should not remain a 'Jewish' state, and what it means for Israel to be a Jewish state.  In particular, compare Netanyahu to Sharon; discuss the settlements, and their ongoing progression; and describe what if any changes you would make to the status quo, if any, and in particular what, if anything, you would do about Jerusalem.  

To what degree is, or ought Israel be accountable to the so called "international community"?  Discuss in particular accountability to Islamic countries, and so called Islamic scholars of "international law" who claim that Israel has, for any number of reasons, violated "international law" and demand that Israel do or cease things they are currently doing as it relates to Palestine. 

How do you feel about the fact that Netanyahu has made a deal with the terrorist state of Saudi Arabia to unite against Iran?  
Here's another:

In your OP, and in your profile pic, and based on my knowledge of you in general, you display five layers of identities: (1) Jewish, (2) Aspie, (3) democratic socialist, (4) potentially goth/emo, and (5) gay.

What role do these identities play in your understanding of yourself, and why?  As you conceive of yourself, are you the sum of your overlapping identities, and, if so, do you agree that the set of them and their intersection indicates the degree of your own individuality?  If so, why?  Further, if the overlapping intersection of those or other identities or groups to which you belong, do you also believe that the individual must therefore be the fundamental social unit (as opposed to the groups, themselves)?  Are identity-based groups social units of relevance? 

--> @Virtuoso
Why do you hold a stupid ideology? Why not give some throught as well as research to belief systems before adopting them? 
--> @Virtuoso
What is it about "aloha" that you choose it as a greeting even though you're not from Hawaii? 
--> @DrChristineFord
He probably got it from Bsh, who used to do it as President of DDO.
--> @Swagnarok
It seems so.  I was just wondering what the reason was.
--> @Virtuoso
Reminder to continue your AMA.
--> @coal
How do you feel and think that having Aspergers impacts you?  Do you think there are advantages?  If so, what?  Disadvantages?  If so, what?  If not, why?

There are several ways. First, a lot of people with Aspergers/Autism spectrum also have sensory processing disorder. There are certain textures, sounds, tastes, and smells that I absolutely cannot stand and sometimes have a bit of a mini panic attack if I come in cross with them.

I have a tendency to talk about the same thing and get stuck on one topic.

Also I tend to get too emotionally attached to someone too quickly, and often times it's with the wrong person.

Not sure if there are any advantages/disadvantages.
--> @coal
Why democratic socialism, and, more interestingly, why NOT anything else?  I may be misremembering, but I seem to recall that you were not always a democratic socialist, or even politically on the left.  What changed, and why?  Why have you stuck with this?

I've noticed that you've had a lot of debates about whether Jesus is the messiah, here and elsewhere.  Do you feel that validation of your religious beliefs requires the invalidation of Christianity?  If so, why Christianity in particular?  Further, if you believe that Christianity would need to be invalidated in order to validate your own religious beliefs, do you also feel this way about other Abrahamic religions, namely Islam? If you do not believe that Islam or other Abrahamic religions would need to be invalidated, why Christianity in particular? Beyond Abrahamic religions, have you similarly considered and rejected (as you have with Christianity) other world religions? Namely, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism? 

How do you feel about Ben Shapiro?

How do you feel about Noam Chomsky?

How do you feel about the current situation between Israel and Palestine? 

I feel like Democratic Socialism has the best policies. That being said, I do disagree with certain democratic socialist and have some issues with the Green Party, the party that I feel is closest to my ideology.

My political views have certainly changed and evolved over the years. I grew up in a conservative household and was exposed to Republican/Libertarian ideologies. After looking at the evidence and viewing the results of their policies, I just don't feel like their policies can work in the real world.

I grew up a fundamentalist Christian so that's kinda why I'm focuse my debates mostly around Christianity vs. Judaism. Further Christians spend millions of dollars each year to convert Jews to Christianity.

No real thoughts on Shapiro or Chomsky.

Israel and Palestine is way too broad of a question.
--> @coal
In your OP, and in your profile pic, and based on my knowledge of you in general, you display five layers of identities: (1) Jewish, (2) Aspie, (3) democratic socialist, (4) potentially goth/emo, and (5) gay.

What role do these identities play in your understanding of yourself, and why?  As you conceive of yourself, are you the sum of your overlapping identities, and, if so, do you agree that the set of them and their intersection indicates the degree of your own individuality?  If so, why?  Further, if the overlapping intersection of those or other identities or groups to which you belong, do you also believe that the individual must therefore be the fundamental social unit (as opposed to the groups, themselves)?  Are identity-based groups social units of relevance? 

1) Jewish is my religious identity and the faith that I choose to follow.
2) Having aspergers/autism has definitely affected who I am
3) DS is my political ideology. Interestingly I feel that DS goes hand in hand with Torah/Judaism values.
4) I'm actually not a goth. I just thought this was a cool pic.
5) 100% gay and not ashamed about it.



I get the feeling you were not arguing dsvil's advocate in our debate. I may have a few questions about your beliefs. You seemed to think it was stupid when Donald Trump threatened Kim Jung Un , on Twitter. I get the feeling that a lot of Democrats don't understand the concept of grand strategy and look at each event and judge it on a very short term basis. Why do you think his insinuated threat was stupid, when it literally brought North Korea to the table and got them to negotiate deweaponizing and playing more nicely with the global community? 

--> @Wylted
When I debate, there's almost at least one argument that I don't necessarily believe in real life. 
--> @Virtuoso
Oh, I thought that might be the case as well.
--> @Wylted
I recently did a debate with blamonkey on the death penalty. I am totally against the death penalty but I think I argued my case pretty well.