Hello everyone, my name is Brandon aka "TripedalInstincts"
I was born in Colorado and moved to Portland, OR after having my right arm amputated. I was diagnosed with tissue cancer at 20 months and required amputation and childhood cancer care, so I moved to Portland because of Shriner's Hospital. I have been living in Portland ever since.
Nowadays I am a math tutor and student at Portland State University, finishing up a degree which I'll receive in the spring next year. In my spare time I am a fitness enthusiast, both playing and coaching roller derby under the name "Armed N Dangerous", as well as learning how breakdance.
Both of my parents are religious (Catholic), and growing up I went to a private Catholic school until 3rd grade when my parents split up. I lived with my mom and sister and switched to public school, during this time my mother remained religious but much more open-minded about other religious views. I suppose during this time I was Christian, although it mostly because of upbringing, and I didn't critically examine my beliefs.
In college that all changed, I became very interested in philosophy and logic and was a hardened skeptic by my first year. Due to my college experience, and watching religious debates featuring the "new atheists", I "came out" as an atheist to my mother and she was completely ok with it...my dad however seemed offended and to this day doesn't let up about it. I don't let him get to me though, I am willing to revise my beliefs and him this, often going to great lengths to show why his arguments are fallacious and what would be necessary to convince me. I am now an ardent pursuer of truth and advocate of science and reason.