Tropers / Paulus Leto

Salutem, et pax vobiscum!

Hello, just another 19 year old Chicagolander troper here!

I'm a "Chinese-Filipino-Spanish-American" troper weaving through the hallowed halls of academianote . My friends tell me that I'm a little crazy (I'm not sure that can be helped), that I apologize too much (working on that), and that I'm still infamous for a tendency to ask random, off-topic questions (though I've been trying to fix that as well).

I've lived in multiple countries in three of seven continents and visited five of seven.

Well, hopefully there won't be any more third-person self-referrals any more... I used to edit here anonymously, and most of my posts were just minor edits here and there; I don't really edit that much anymore, though I might start editing once summer kicks in!

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    Classical Philosophy, Metaphysics, & Ethics 
Suffice to say that I'd always recommend reading the primary authors themselves... but these are some of the works that've helped me understand their philosophical systems.
  • By Alasdair MacIntyre:
    • Whose Justice? Which Rationality? - This book examined the ethical systems and philosophies of Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas and Hume. The reviews on Amazon can do better than I can to explain.
    • After Virtue - A book in which Mac Intyre criticizes current moral systems and attempts to argue Aristotelian Virtue Ethics in its place.
  • By Edward Feser:
    • The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism - A general response to the "Four Horsemen of Atheism" and their famed books. While it mainly addresses arguments regarding God, there's a heavy focus on explaining and defending the metaphysics and philosophy of Aquinas (and Aristotle before him). Please be aware, it's polemical and Feser's somewhat snide at times.
    • Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide - This really should be required reading for Aquinas... It goes into somewhat deeper detail regarding Thomistic Metaphysics than the previous book and is far less snarky, but I admit that it doesn't flow as well. It's definitely linear.

    Video Games & Visual Novels 
Shoot 'em Up
  • Touhou:
    • Highly Responsive to Prayers
    • Mystic Square
    • Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
    • Perfect Cherry Blossom
    • Imperishable Night
    • Mountain of Faith
    • Unthinkable Natural Law
    • Unidentified Fantastic Object
    • Ten Desires
  • Age of Empires III
  • Age of Mythology & Age of Mythology the Titans
  • Battle Realms
  • Battle for Middle Earth II
TBS Fighting & RP Gs
  • Marvel vs. Capcom
  • Tales of Symphonia
  • Tales of the Abyss
  • Tales of Vesperia
  • Final Fantasy XII
  • Persona 3
  • Persona 4
V Ns
  • When They Cry:
    • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
    • Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Apparently, my laugh's worse than Beatrice's.

How many angels can dance at the head of a pin?

Some say none, others say one, a few say 3 * 10^64, and the last group usually goes with "infinitely many". A friend of mine asked me this very question a while ago, so I'll do my best to answer.
  • Some say 3 * 10^64, assuming angels take up a minimal (planck) space, and assuming some rather odd standard dimensions for a 'pin-head'.
  • However, angels are pure form, lack material, and are thus not subject to the exclusionary principle of "No two or more (material) objects can be at the same place at the same time." From this we can argue that an infinite number of angels could dance on a pin-head.
  • On the other hand, as pure form, angels are pure intelligences and pin-heads... aren't. And there can be no association between intelligence and the lack thereof, the answer may be none.
  • But this isn't quite right either, according to the systemic presuppositions in which this question was asked, we can assume that the pin-head would have a guardian angel, who would not abandon said pin-head no matter his lack of intelligence. So the answer is at the very least one.