On the Blog: A General Introduction

Welcome to exist.blog – a blog on everything and about nothing.

My name is Brandon Deeck and I created this place out of desperation. As an outlet to displace my often fleeting thoughts, to display them to the world for both analyzation and judgement before some terrible accident befalls my person. The subject matter I plan to cover here is near limitless. What I will mostly be focusing on writing, however, are opinion pieces about current happenings around the the world (and on the internet) and how they are relative to us (as its’ disconnected perceivers).

In addition to current affairs, some other categories you will often find me writing about include psychology, philosophy, science, politics, computing, gaming, artificial intelligence, and technology.

Speaking specifically, I’m interested in anything related to the concepts of brain-to-computer interfaces and ‘Turing-level’ AI. Both of these fields are imperative to a long-term goal of mine: the creation of a ‘true virtual reality’ with full body haptic feedback, fully personalized ‘human’ AI, and a ‘living/breathing’ virtual world capable of eliciting ALL human feeling & emotion.

Admittedly,  it’s more of a dream rather than a goal at the moment.

Disclaimer of Person

It’s important for me to denote this to my readers now rather than later: I am not a spiritual person. I am not a believer of any sort. I’m an atheist that was born Christian – which spelled doom for my foreskin but birthed a searing passion for skepticism.

Topics that will not be discussed…

Creationism, spirituality, metaphysics, astrology/horoscopes, the supernatural, homeopathy, mysticism, ‘parapsychology’/psychics and most things that fit in or near these categories. Essentially, discussion of any practice that makes claims to truth despite being based entirely in fiction does not belong here. Certain religious tendencies included.

A little bit more about me:

I’m 23 years old and currently live in central New Jersey. I’m a freelance web developer/web master (https://bdeeck.studio) that reads and writes in his free time. Currently attending university at Middlesex County College. My interests span a great range of subjects including: music, art, television, technology, hiking, travelling, gaming, football, anime, eating, suffering, cars, web culture, computing, etc.

I’m a pretty open person – as in I respect and dabble in hobbies of all sorts. I would also consider myself non-judgmental and unassuming – a free thinker through and through.

       An unsolicited picture of my face.

Nowadays, it seems we all go about self identifying… you may be curious as to why I chose to name my blog what I did. Simply put, I consider myself a ‘modern existentialist,’ and chose the name accordingly.

So, what is existentialism?

Here’s the google definition: a philosophical theory or approach that emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will,

and the Merriam-Webster definition : a chiefly 20th century philosophical movement embracing diverse doctrines but centering on analysis of individual existence in an unfathomable universe and the plight of the individual who must assume ultimate responsibility for acts of free will without any certain knowledge of what is right or wrong or good or bad.

While they’re both grossly oversimplified explanations for a ‘philosophy’ that originated from hundreds of years of evaluations – I have to admit they’re both pretty accurate definitions. Since we’re oversimplifying things however… if you too consider yourself skeptical, rational, creative, and mistrusting – or are a person that ALWAYS takes responsibility for their actions… it’s likely you’d be interested in existentialism and what it can do for you. You may even find that you’ve spent your life following it’s tenets despite being unaware of its *erm…* existence.

Have you ever heard of any of these quotes?

‘That which does not kill us makes us stronger.’

That which does not kill us makes us stronger

‘Fear is the mother of morality.’

Fear is the mother of morality

‘Faith: not wanting to know what is true.’

Faith: not wanting to know what is true

‘When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.’

When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you

How about these?

‘When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die.’

When the rich wage ware, it's the poor who die

‘I know of only one duty, and that is to love.’

I know of only one duty, and that is to love

‘Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.’

Blessed are the hearts that can bend, they shall never be broken

‘Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.’

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards

‘Don’t forget to love yourself.’

Don't forget to love yourself

What do all of these quotes have in common?

These are all quotes from just some of existentialism’s greatest proponents – Friedrich Nietzsche, Søren Kierkegaard, Jean Paul- Sartre, and Albert Camus. This is the thinking behind existentialism. The philosophy of existentialism – a philosophy of science, reality, and rationality.

Not to be confused with the pessimism or nihilism, nor to be misconstrued as logical positivism or determinism.

A middle ground… a compromise for all types of scientific and philosophical thinking, that is what existentialism has been – and very well always can be.

So what does this have to do with your blog?

I created this blog to help understand the various facets of lifes’ occurrences. To highlight our various ways of thinking and master all perspectives.

In order to show the reasons life is being lived.

To help you find your individuality. While I write on, around, and about my own.

Thank you for reading.

Until next time,

Brandon