DDO account: https://www.debate.org/tejretics/
== Introduction ==
I'm a senior in high school. I joined DDO in early 2015. Many of the things I've said there are exceptionally stupid and I'd love to take back a lot of it. I have some formal debate experience (predominantly in the World Schools format), though I was on DDO before I accumulated this experience or even started IRL debate. As far as my personality goes, I am introverted (though I am trying to develop better social skills), curious about how the world works, and am sometimes unemotional and blunt (I’m trying to change that, however). My MBTI personality is INTP-A (even though I'm aware that MBTI is mostly rejected as unreliable).
According to a single recent test, the following are my scores in the five-factor personality model (i.e., Big Five personality test, in percentile rather than percentage):
Openness to experience (59%)
Openness to experience (59%)
My score on psychology-tools.com's Autism Spectrum Quotient was 29 out of a possible 50. Make of that what you will.
I enjoy reading books, listening to podcasts, and exploring ideas. In my life, I try to accumulate as much knowledge as possible, and aim to do as much as I can to help those in need. I care, in particular, about animal welfare, reducing the incidence of sexual violence, and international development. I'm interested in economics, political science, statistics, and game theory. The music I enjoy typically includes alt rock, synth pop, and experimental rock.
== Values ==
I'm a moral realist and a bit of an ethical intuitionist. I am also a moral pluralist, which means, in the face of uncertainty about which moral value system is correct, I think we should -- to some degree -- value a wide range of different things (e.g., happiness and suffering, preference-satisfaction, aesthetic beauty, being virtuous, respecting individual rights, avoiding the needless use of force). Intuitively, I am most compelled by some version of utilitarianism as a moral philosophy, however. One of my strongest moral intuitions is that individuals have a moral obligation to assist those in need.
I'm not certain where exactly on the political spectrum I lie (my Political Compass test results are -0.38 (economic), -6.56 (social), though I think the test is pretty bad). This is because I don't think I have sufficient knowledge about policy issues to make definitive judgments about my political positions (though I think this is true of most people and isn't unique to me, and I'd say I'm more informed by a reasonable margin about public policy than the average person). In general, though, I'm fairly liberal when it comes to social issues, centrist when it comes to economic issues (I like relatively free markets and strong independent central banks), and entirely neutral/uninformed about foreign policy.