Garth Godsman was born in country Western Australia. He has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Western Australia and is an otherwise undistinguished public servant. A failed homosexual, he lives alone with two cats. He blogs at The Outsider and Straight Shooters (they mirror each other - there is a reason).
Why do you blog? > I'm opinionated about lots of things I find interesting and conceited enough to imagine other people might be influenced by what I write.
What has been your best blogging experience? > In all honesty, being invited by you to do this profile.
What has been your worst blogging experience? > Can't say I've had one.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > I really have no idea. I was kind of tricked into blogging by some internet friends who asked me to be part of a group blog - Straight Shooters - which didn't remain a group blog for very long. Just do it to suit yourself, I suppose.
Who are your intellectual heroes? > Charles Darwin, George Orwell, Stephen Jay Gould.
What are you reading at the moment? > Paul Johnson's Heroes.
Who are your cultural heroes? > Abraham Lincoln, Christopher Hitchens, George Orwell again. Winston Churchill, Alan Turing, Robert Conquest, Simon Schama and David Attenborough.
What is your favourite poem? > 'Little Gidding' by T.S. Eliot.
What is your favourite movie? > The Seven Samurai.
What is your favourite song? > 'Song for Athene' by John Tavener.
Who is your favourite composer? > Goreski.
Can you name a major moral, political or intellectual issue on which you've ever changed your mind? > I've changed my mind on lots of things over the years in the course of becoming settled in a mixed conservative libertarianism (yes, I know, it doesn't make sense).
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to disseminate? > Was empiricism really that bad?
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to combat? > Relativism.
Who are your political heroes? > Winston Churchill, John Howard, George W Bush (for all his faults).
What would you do with the UN? > Abolish it, because I'm not convinced such an institution can ever be successfully reformed. There's a point at which Max Weber becomes profoundly wrong.
Do you think the world (human civilization) has already passed its best point, or is that yet to come? > Always yet to come, though maybe after something of a fall or decline?
What personal fault do you most dislike? > The inability or refusal to listen to what other people have to say. Those who consistently interrupt others so as to talk about themselves or their own interests.
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > I've reached a point in life where looking down on anything that gives people enjoyment strikes me as a waste of time.
What, if anything, do you worry about? > Growing old and the decline that goes with it.
If you were to relive your life to this point, is there anything you'd do differently? > Edith Piaf and I are polar opposites, it seems.
What would you call your autobiography? > Lost Time.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > New York or London or Bangkok.
What do you like doing in your spare time? > Reading, Twittering, blogging, watching cricket or rugby, drinking wine.
What talent would you most like to have? > To sing.
What would be your ideal choice of alternative profession or job? > Writer or journalist.
How, if at all, would you change your life were you suddenly to win or inherit an enormously large sum of money? > Travel first class everywhere.
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill and Steven Runciman.
What animal would you most like to be? > One of the larger carcharodontosaurids.
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