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  Samyak Shrestha

Samyak is from Nepal. He joined ISI-society when he was in his mid-teens. He got his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Mississippi in 2021, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in theoretical physics.

Although he is a physicist by profession, he thinks he is primarily a philosopher (i.e. a “lover of wisdom”) whose sole purpose in life is to know the truth about reality. He considers epistemic humility to be the highest intellectual virtue without which knowledge of truth is unattainable. Therefore, he considers it imperative to exercise a healthy level of modesty if one possesses a high IQ, that, in most cases, naturally lead to overestimation of one’s ability and intellectual narcissism, which he considers to be the greatest impediments to a person’s intellectual and spiritual growth. While he thinks IQ is a good proxy to one’s intelligence, he strongly believes no IQ test of any level of sophistication can capture the entire breath of human intelligence, which, according to him, has a metaphysical aspect that cannot be quantified.

He is a moral absolutist and believes in a rationally ordered universe. One of his chief ambitions in life to is device a grand philosophical system that incorporates the entire discourse of human knowledge that includes physics, mathematics, metaphysics, logic, ethics, and theology. Some of the people that he holds in high esteem and considers to be his chief intellectual influences are Plato, Aristotle, Archimedes, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Issac Newton, Immanuel Kant, Gottfried Leibniz, Carl Gauss, Adi Shankara, Hegel, Dostoyevsky, Albert Einstein, Kurt G�del, and Bertrand Russell.

Besides pondering about God, existence, and the universe, he also likes reading, debating, watching boxing, cooking, exploring different musical genres, traveling, going on long solitary walks, meditating, creating memes, and playing chess.

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