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Interview with:

Alexandra Cook [linandara] 


PROFESSION
What is your profession? What is your title printed on your business card?
Artist on my business card, in reality also a homemaker. I've been educated as a scientist and have lots of other interests, including philosophy, photography, psychology, good life, writing, self-sufficiency, poetry, permaculture, music, science fiction. I don't think I've achieved anything important in any of my roles. You can call me "Jack of all trades", or even a "Renaissance person" but its just the way I like living my life.
What did you study and why did you choose to study that field?
I studied Geomorphology because I was very interested in exploring the surfaces of the planets.
What links do you have on the Internet: website, blog, social networks?
My website: https://sites.google.com/site/linandara/Home My blogs: http://linandara.wordpress.com/ http://alexandra-cook.blogspot.co.uk/ http://dimmlight.livejournal.com/ http://linandara.blogspot.co.uk/ Social: http://www.facebook.com/DistantLandStudios http://www.facebook.com/Linandara https://twitter.com/linandara
Are you satisfied with the education that you received?
I had great teachers: in my school, in my Uni, in my lab - and great artists who gave me painting, drawing and art marketing lessons.
Do you usually attended seminars or coursework to advance your professional work or would you consider yourself a more self-taught person?
I don't think anybody should ever stop learning in any ways.
Which publications associated with your field do you regularly read?
I like the "International Artist" and "Artists and Illustrators" magazines, but I can't say I read them regulary.
Which languages do you speak, and how have you learned them?
Russian as native, English as a second language (learned from few courses and most of all from Hubby). I read and understand a bit of French (studied at the school and the university) and Spanish (studied at the university).
How do you feel about speaking in front of an audience? What experience have you had in this arena?
I had to give a number of scientific lectures and presentations but never felt comfortable with this
Do you feel your hobbies serve to elevate your career?
I enjoy and have enjoyed lots of interesting activities. They all relate and elevate each other. I haven't got a "career". In fact it is a bit of a dirty word for me.
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A space explorer
List any credits, publications, competitions, etc.
Solo exhibitions from 2004 at an art cafe, a nature reserve, a theater, and three exhibitions at two libraries I have been participating in many art exhibitions (in Nottingham, Beeston, Long Eaton, Eastwood, Wollaton, Draycott, Patchings Art Center, Buxton and Newtown) where earned nine awards (including W.S.Holbrook first prize). Paintings in private collections all over the world. My copy of a portrait of Robert Owen is displayed in his museum in Wales.
CREATIVITY
How and why did you begin to be creative?
I was as long as I can remember myself. Most people are creative but they do not always notice this.
Your mind is your work tool. How do you take care of it?
Simply: never stop thinking! Read, watch, discuss.
How do you avoid repeating yourself, or falling into formula? How do you stay fresh?
I have a great trouble repeating myself.
Who have your teachers been?
A couple of good Russian artists back in Moscow. Of the one I only remember first names (Ivan Gurievich), and of the another - only his family name (Kupriyanov)... it was a long time ago. I also attended a course by an American artist Susan Abbott and some workshops by a South African artist Rob Wareing.
It is possible to fall in love with a bad idea simply because it is yours. How do you avoid this?
Yes, of course. Well, I just wait till it would boil over. Survive it like a flu.
The armchair psychologist: Is creativity an act of rebellion for you?
Sometime.
Do you work well under pressure?
No
Ideas can come simultaneously to different people in different places with no connection to one another. How do you explain this phenomenon?
Maybe humans gradually turn into one super-mind? I've seen this many times, but I don't think there is an explanation yet.
DESIGN
What is your motivation? What makes you get up in the mornings?
An urge to create
How do you promote and move your work?
I've got 4 Zazzle shops http://www.zazzle.com/mbr/238747805719622924 two Cafepress ones http://www.cafepress.co.uk/myfairytale http://www.cafepress.co.uk/linandara and a Society6 account http://society6.com/AlexandraCook
In which new areas would you like to experiment?
Merging various styles of folk and period art into something new.
Shapes, color, concept: where do you usually begin when conceiving a design?
Mostly, its concept
What is your favourite type of customer?
a similary-minded enthusiast
To a certain point, is copying justifiable?
To a certain point it is inevitable - we always stand on the shoulders of the creative people before us.
With which type of client would you decline in working for?
Ones who promote ideas which I think are harmfull
Which software applications do you most utilize in your work?
Photoshop
At this moment, what would be your dream job or project?
Creating whole range of items for a dream bohemian home
Can you see yourself in this field twenty years from now?
I would love to have my one art-craft-home decor shop = permanently open art studio
Which design resources online do you frequently visit?
Zazzle
ILLUSTRATION
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
I had some formal art training and I've unfortunately lost some of ease and naivety of my early drawings.
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
I have been very lucky, I think: I didn't know anything about comics till I grew up.
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
It is a realist style for an illustration. For a painting it would be more impressionist or abstract.
What is hardest to draw?
Hands
Do you have a favorite work of art?
I do love lots of works of art. Possibly the most - this one by Jeffrey Jones http://media-cache-ec5.pinterest.com/upload/115264071682498709_xQlXeRXx_f.jpg
What are you working on now?
I've just finished a book cover for a local writer. It was a farm boy with farm animals.
ART
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I do paintings, drawings, digital & textile art. I am an experimenting, dreaming, creative person expressing myself through my art.
What is your message?
I believe that good art enriches both artist's and viewer's lives
Your biography in four lines.
Born in Moscow Studied in the Geography Department of the Moscow State University Married, have two kids Six personal shows, several awards, paintings sold to many countries
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
My main "hub" web page: https://sites.google.com/site/linandara/Home
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
It could be anything: a scene I see, a photograph I took, a dream, a fleeting idea, a concept I want to realise. Its important to be open to possibilities.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
Sometime - not much of a role (when I just go and do plein air work). Often I use my own photos as inspiration. Often I edit and combine them first creating "digital sketches". Sometime I use my models of people, buildings and landscapes I do in various 3D software.
What is art?
The highest degree of creativity
When do you get your best ideas?
When I actually start doing something artistic.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
I don't. I go with the flow and watch what happens
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
1. Photographic quality CGI world creator with realtime preview. 2. Durable, reliable pigment ink and acrylic pens 3. Oil pastels which would (on the paper) turn 100 hard solid after about a week
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
I had a lot of encouragement at school
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
Their art is a passion, making art is the best activity, but so many things in life distract from this. Also people need appreciation for what they do and often other people just don't understand a particulr artist.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
Until a time machine is discovered any artist only can be modern.
How should a work of art be evaluated?
It is entirely personal thing. What is of great value for one person means nothing for another.
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
Its entirely up to artist. Some may never want to reinvent themselves, others are happy to do this every morning. There may be periods of time when an artist feels at the end of a road - its a good time to rethink your life.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
Jeffrey Jones, Van Gogh, Michael Whelan, Ivan Bilibin, Alfons Mucha, Victor Vasnetsov, Mikhail Vrubel, Arkhip Kuindzhi and many more. They taught me to see beauty of reality, beauty of fantasy and boldly combine both.
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
It seems to me that unfortunately most funding presently goes to bizzare, temporary, weird, disgusting, random, shocking... There is much more to art than that.
Is art necessary?
It appeared alongside with the human intelligence. It can do great good to people. I can't even imagine a human civilization completely without art.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
On rare occasions. Mostly I feel that I've already enjoyed it, and I'm glad that now its somebody else's turn.
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
Unless an artist is a slave he or she couldn't be bought.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
I don't. This is why I love art.
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
I don't mind. Its not deceased fault they are not here, isn't it?
What role have the figures of art dealer, gallery owners, representatives, and intermediaries in general played in your career?
Little role.
What types of jobs do you usually do?
I do artworks and try to sell them myself. Originals and prints. I also do comissions, including illustration. I do designs at Zazzle, Cafepress, Society6.
Which of your jobs or tasks do you most enjoy?
Being creative, trying new media
Do you personally collect any items?
Only books and pins on Pinterest
Which websites do you frequently visit?
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/Linandara http://www.etsy.com/shop/Linandara http://www.zazzle.com/mbr/238747805719622924 http://pinterest.com/linandara/ http://www.last.fm/user/linandara http://instacanv.as/linandara
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
Enjoy yourself
WRITING
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
"Aelita" by Alexei Tolstoy. At school me and friends were fascinated by Star Wars and started to write sequels and prequels. My friends obviousely were the first to read what I write.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
I used to like science fiction. Now I prefer non-fiction. I write in Russian. My stories: http://proza.ru/avtor/linandara1 My poetry: http://www.stihi.ru/avtor/linandara
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
The ideas often come during walking.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Presently, biographies and philosophy
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
First person for a memoir-type writing, third person for fiction. First person for fiction... it would feel like lying to me.
What well known writers do you admire most?
M. Bulgakov, F.M. Dostoyevsky, A.C. Grayling, Charles Freeman
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
It never stops to surprise me that writers often combine in their characters various ideals, strings of personalities not usually found in one living being - yet the product looks believable! My characters were combinations of real people I've met and dreamed ideal beings. I don't know if they were believable for others...
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
No
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Well, I often feel shaky and drained after writing, especially about something which matters a lot to me. I am very scarred of hostility towards me because of what I say - I did experienced that. But yet I feel I have to do this. Saying my thoughts aloud and hearing an opposition (or even support) helps to solve internal conflicts. I also feel that my thoughts and my experience might help somebody else in a similar situation. It keeps me going.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Of course
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
Sometime I write plans on pieces of paper, sometime, when overflowed by thoughts far away from a computer, I write everything on paper. But the final version is always digital.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
Proza.ru, Stihi.ru
What are you working on now?
I am finishing a collection of stories about my experience of religion and hope to move to something much nicer.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
I believe the fruits of creativity should be shared.
PHOTOGRAPHY
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
http://instagram.com/linandara http://instacanv.as/linandara http://www.zazzle.com/linandara/gifts?cg=196506317031865992 http://www.zazzle.com/brillianceanddecay http://www.flickr.com/photos/linandara/
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
Since childhood. My uncle was a brilliant amauteur photographer.
What has been your education as a photographer?
Life
What do you try to express through your photography?
The beauty of the world.
How do you choose your subjects?
They are choosing me
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
Photoshop, Instagram, Photo Enhance Pro
Are technology and digital retouching reducing the gap between professionals and amateurs?
Fortunately
Which websites for photographers do you frequently visit?
Instagram, Flickr
SCIENCE
What is your educational background? What work experience did you have before this?
I've graduated from the Moscow State University and worked for about 6 years in GEOHI institute, in the Laboratory for Comparative Planetology. Кандидат географических наук.
Did you keep your nose to the grindstone in school?
Yes
What have you published?
(Marchenko was my maiden name) 1) Марченко А.Г. Проблема формирования флювиального рельефа на Марсе // Вестник Московского университета, Серия "География", No 4. C. 87-91. 1993. 2) Marchenko, A.G. Geologic mapping of the Sif Mons southern flank, Venus (Preliminary results) // Abstracts of papers submitted to the 25th Lunar Planet. Sci. Conf., Houston. Pt. 2. P. 833-834. 1994. 3) Marchenko, A.G. Age relationship between plains south of Lakshmi Planum // Abstracts of papers submitted to the 26th Lunar Planet. Sci. Conf., Houston. Pt. 2. P.891-892. 1995. 4) Marchenko, A.G. and A.A. Pronin. Study of relations between small impact craters and dunes on Mars // Abstracts of papers submitted to the 22nd Russian-American Microsymposium on Planetology. P. 63-64. 1995. 5) Basilevsky, A.T., V.P. Kryuchkov, A.A. Pronin, A.G. Marchenko, G.A. Burba, N.N. Bobina, and V. P. Shashkina. Tectonic deformation pattern in Venus crust for the last 300-500 m.y. // Space and Planet. Sci., Vol. 13, Suppl III (Annales Geophysicae). P. C747. 1995. 6) Pronin, A.A., A.G. Marchenko, A.T. Basilevsky, G. Neukum, E. Hauser, H. Hoffmann. Photogeologic study of dune areas on Mars // Space and Planet. Sci., Vol. 13, Suppl III (Annales Geophysicae). P.C 750. 1995. 7) Martchenko, A.G., A.T. Basilevsky, G. Neukum, and H. Hoffmann.Crater counting in three areas of Ares Vallis // Space and Planet. Sci., Vol. 14, Suppl III (Annales Geophysicae). P. C792. 1996. 8) Marchenko, A.G. Geologic mapping of the mouth of Ares Vallis, Mars: Preliminary results // Abstracts of papers submitted to the 24th International Microsymposium on Planetology. P. 62-63. 1996. 9) Marchenko, A.G., A.T. Basilevsky, G. Neukum, and H. Hoffmann. Possible lifetime of impact craters on eolian landforms of Mars // Abstracts of papers submitted to the 24th International Microsymposium on Planetology. P. 64-65. 1996. 10) Robinson, C.A., G. Neukum, H. Hoffmann, A. Marchenko, A.T. Basilevsky, and G.G. Ori. A suggested geological development for Ares Vallis, Mars // Abstracts of papers submitted to the 27th Lunar Planet. Sci. Conf., Houston. Pt. 3. P. 1083-1084. 1996. 11) А.Г. Марченко, А.А. Пронин, А.Т. Базилевский, Г. Нойкум, Э. Хаубер, Х. Хоффманн. Современная эоловая активность на Марсе // Геоморфология, No 2. С. 00-00. 1997.
Should there be more public financing for scientific investigation?
Certainly. Its all about our future.
What is your personal position on the use of animals in scientific investigation?
Its OK if there is no unnecessary suffering.
What is science and what is pseudoscience? Who decides which is which?
I don't like that "pseudoscience" label because it could be easily misused. Ideally a "real" scientific statement could be proved or disproved. This could sometime take very long time. Meanwile who has right to decide? There always are inertia and conservatism among scientists like among any other people. And that is good too - otherwise we would grab any new weird idea without much consideration. So we have to give new ideas and theories a good chance to prove themselves. Of course what makes a real scientist is his or her ability to say "I was wrong" - but not too easily...
What is the role of creativity in the scientific method?
There just wouldn't be any new ideas without creativity which would be the death of science.
What it is the most intriguing scientific question that you would like to see resolved?
Is deep space travel possible for us?
What scientific explanation is there for spirituality? Are religion and science incompatible?
There are so many things which are called "spirituality". Generally I think its all about human wishes - to be loved, to be safe, to be immortal, to understand the world around. Out of need for all this various supernatural things are invented. It may help psychologically for a while in critical situations but has tendency to linger. Its like an addictive medecine which people start to use even after there is no need for it any more. Organized fundamentalist religions suffocate free thinking and therefore science too. They are certainly incompatible with science.
Is there some area of knowledge that is morally unacceptable to you?
No. Restrictions on freedom of thought are immoral.
What is the best way to disseminate science in the mass media?
People love good documetraries. Also internet DIY science, like Moon Zoo, could attract many.
What is the meaning of life? Is there a scientific answer to this question?
You have to invent your own meaning for you own life by the method of trial and error...
PSYCHOLOGY
Depression is almost epidemic. What is going wrong on the societal level?
Well, its just my oppinion that depression is a problem where there is no major problems... Who would think of it separately from other things when starving, in pain or in the middle of a war? Who cared about poor medieval peasant being depressed? It is a desease of good life. This doesn't mean the problem shouldn't be addressed. I think isolation and separation with actual neighbours and relatives, no sense of community, too many distractive "toys" in life, inability to slow down and reflect and separation from nature are the reasons. Another one is expecting to have everything in one life. Plus looking at life in general though a "dark distorted glass" of various misconceptions, inable to see good things.
What are the keys to creating healthy relationships?
Understanding that the other person is what he is - not what you want him to be. You have to adapt. He has to adapt. There is no ideal people. There is no ideal person you imagined. People are wonderful because they are not perfect.
What new trends in psychology have stirred up your interest the most?
Socionics
What books do you recommend to help us develop a better understanding of ourselves?
I like books by Yelena Andreevna Udalova (Елена Андреевна Удалова) - they are probably all in Russian
Give us a simple prescription for happiness
Don't think about happiness which may come later, if... Learn to look around you and to see little things making you happy here and now.
HARMONY
Is it wise to believe in things that do not exist if it helps you to be happy?
Only for a short while, if it is nessesary to cope with a crisis. But be warned, this could be addictive.
Is God an idea? Is God in the brain?
Obviousely: talk to various people about their God and "mysteriousely" he will end up looking like either believers themselves or their ideal person.
What is your concept of free will Vs destiny, fate, karma?
On the way of your will there always are 1) things you can change and 2) things you can't change. It doesn't matter what you call number two, but you have to learn to distinguish between them.
What happens when you die?
You die.
Is there a false face to positive thinking; an obsession about appearing happy that is not healthy?
If pretence reigns there is no place for honesty.
What is your short list of healthy habits?
Lots of walking outdoors, healthy low carb food, fun exercise, gardening, reading and thinking
PERSONALITY
In moments of tension, what techniques work in calming the mind?
Special herbal teas, slow deep breathing, relaxing music, hot bath, exercise
A simple pleasure that for you is quite big or important.
Being left alone in peace and quiet for a while
Something in which you are completely incompetent.
Applying pressure to people and properly reacting when being directly pressurised by others.
Of what are you an addict?
Beauty in everything, Ian Anderson's music and songs, fermented ramsons
What toy gave you the best moments of your childhood?
A microscope
What was your first vehicle?
I had a bike as a teenager. It was my last vehicle too.
A bad habit you have overcome.
Going to church, praying
A word or expression that you love.
Freedom
A word or expression that you detest.
Blasphemy. It meens "you offended my imaginary friend". How people could be so selfish???
Which animal do you prefer for company?
Human
What do you imagine yourself doing for your retirement?
I like my life. I hope I will never have to retire.
IDEAS
Did God create the world in seven days, or do you believe in the theory of evolution?
You don't have to "believe" in evolution, there is enough evidence. And there is plenty of evidence how man creates various gods.
Does brand name influence your buying habits?
Only in electronics if its long known for quality
Do you defend animal experimentation for the development of medicine that can save human lives?
Definitely
CULTURE
What do you currently have in your MP3 player?
Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull, folk, world, ethnic, medieval, Russian rock and singers-songwriters, film music, classical music
What books are you currently reading?
Lots of books at once... e.g. The Closing Of The Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason by Charles Freeman Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography [Book] by Nick Rennison "Lost world", Mrs Dostoyevsky diary, "Religions of the World", Kamasutra, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius ...
Places in the world that you have visited recently.
London, Moscow, Cambridge, Oslo, Lillehammer, Malta
What is that special film you never tire of watching?
Forrest Gump, original Solaris, Blade Runner, Kin-Dza-Dza, Contact
What is to come after consumist society?
Hopefully, a more considered society
Do you find the saturation of advertising in the media excessive?
Yes
What were your favourite subjects when you were in primary/secondary school?
Biology and physics
Has there been a personal-growth book that has transformed your life?
"Simple Abundance. A Daybook of Comfort and Joy" by Sarah Ban Breathnach helped me to overcame the post-natal depression and to start to enjoy my life again.
Piracy continues to grow: What will happen to the music and film industries and culture in general?
I think the industries should invent some special media formats with better copy protection - thats the only way. As for music, I think there should be on super-site (better than Last.fm or Spotify) with all possible music from all possible countries and times, a reasonable subscription fee (no more than 10 pounds a month) - and there will be much less reason to do piracy.
What do you have in your wallet right now?
Not much as usual
How do you kill time?
I am trying to cherish it, not to kill, as it will never come back. If I am stack waiting with nothing to read or listen, nothing to draw on - I will think... Or watch other people.
POLITICS
How do you define your political position? What is the ideology that inspires it?
I am a Humanist and a Libertarian. I don't like the word "ideology" as it seems often to be related with dishonesty, dogmas, pressure for everybody to think in the same way.
What matters more in deciding your vote: the party, the candidate, or the ideas?
The ideas and the personality of the candidate. I wish there would be no "party" mafia, just independently thinking people.
Do you think religion has a place in politics?
Of course any democratic state should be separated from any churches. Unfortunaly various religious attitudes (like intolerance, predjudice, hatred, pride) still could creep into politics through the participating believers.
Should parties that want to eliminate democracy be allowed to participate in democratic elections?
I believe its very important to give all citizens full freedom of speech. Individuals should be allowed to express, defend or ridicule any possible oppinion. It may be stupid, it may even be evil, but I think any taboos only make matter worse. "His oppinion offended me" shouldn't ever be treated as a crime. I don't like "nanny states" or "political correctness". Ideally any state should encourage honesty, free thinking, compassion and only interween in discussions and arguments when there is obvious and systematic bulling of the weekest side by the strongest one. As for parties or other officially registred groups I think ones who advocate for diminishing of human rights should be banned as the sucsess of the groups like that would create real danger to the other citizens.
Are Right and Left obsolete concepts?
I think so. People have to find the best ways for society to work - that's in everybody's interest.
Two-party systems are on the rise: is this good for politics?
I don't think there should be any parties. They spend so much time and energy just blaming each other. I think we are moving into the age when people could vote through some sort of a "red button" directly from home. Vote for ideas/issues and good, clever local representativs. There also should be an important voice of real experts in various domains who should present the problem in question to the public. Maybe there should be a "House of Experts"?
Should any territory have the right of self-determination if a majority of the population votes in favour of doing so?
Yes. It would help to avoid lots of conflicts.
Does a state have the right to attack or intervene in another country that has not attacked said state, if the country has committed grave injustices or crimes against humanity?
Theoretically, yes. But it would be beter if UN had a strong working peace-keeping army which could enter any country, stop any fighting or killing and stay till the problem would be solved peacefully. I am strictly against one county changing regime in another to get an ally. I think the best way for a country to get an ally is to help with economy and education.
Are we witnessing the end of the American empire?
I don't know. But I do know that there never has been an empire which would last forever.
Why did the economies of communist countries fail?
I think, in the deep core, it was a problem of loosing trust of the people. Kids were laughing at Brezhnev in my kindergarden. Too much state control, lies, pretence, not enought freedoms. People didn't had motivation to work well, to propose new things, to experiment, to do their best, etc.
What is nationalism?
Thinking that people are better and must have more rights because they belong to a particular nation. Together with religion and ideology form, in my opinion, the "three ugly sisters". Very dangerous ladies.
Are there peoples more civilized than others? Or is it merely a question of cultural differences?
I think there are. If some thinks its acceptable to chop hands, do torture, force to marry, forbid science at schools, persecute "infidels", have blasphemy and discriminative laws, etc - thats the lower than modern level of civilization. Saying "its just their culture" about things like that is like accepting them to be OK.
Does globalisation help in the development of the world's poorest countries, or does it perpetuate conditions of exploitation?
I don't know about the exploitation but it does one very good thing. In the past for some it was possible to declare that people of other ethnicity or religion are all wicked and perverted. It was very handy for creating an enemy. Well with global travel and the Internet it wouldn't work anymore!
Should consensual offenses such as drug use or prostitution be legalized?
Perhaps. It seems to me a good idea that legalization would help fight the illegal trade and mafia. Sugar could do lots of damage to health yet it is not just sold freely, sugary stuff is even advertized for children!
Are you in favor of or against the death penalty?
Against. But people guilty of horrific crimes and locked for the rest of their lives should still contribute to society, do not be a burden.
PHILOSOPHY
For you, what is "the good life"?
Creative, emphathic, considered
What is the secret to happiness?
freedom, creativity, emphathy
What is a friend?
A person with which you always could just be yourself without fear
Please list your philosophy of good health.
Less additives, less carbs, more fresh air physical activity
Does the soul exist?
The answer depends on what you call a "soul". If you think its something similar to personality, individuality, an emotional state, self image, etc, you probably can say that it exists. If you mean "an immortal substance which survives the body" - there is a problem. We know that our thoughts originate from our brains and brains die when we die. So its logical and straightforward to think that there is nothing going on after that. If you insist on immortality you would have to invent some invisible, undetectable second brain which survives.
Where does science end and ideology begin?
Where dogma appears.
What is God?
An imaginary supreme being people are creating out of their ideas and ideals
If you were a millionaire, what would be your charitable work?
Education, science, reason, space exploration, peace, good arts, protection of the environment, jobs for the poor
Your sins and virtues.
The word "sin" is subjective and inappropriate. It appears when somebody speaks on behalf of his or her imaginary friend. I only could say what I like or dislike about myself but I won't.
Please list three important words for the world today.
Freedom - Peace - Curiosity
What will your epitaph be?
Life was good.
LOVE
What is most important to you in a relationship?
Trust. I must know that I will never be betrayed.
Is love a creative challenge?
Of course. Both have to "create" relationship and continiue working on it.
Do you consider it necessary to share views on politics or art?
No. It is easier to get bored with a person who agree with you on everything.
What do women want from men?
There are different man and different women who want very different things from a relationship. Socionics explains this somehow.
Do you believe love is possible when there are geographical, age, racial or cultural differences?
Of course its possible! As long as you love and respect each other.
What are the keys to a lasting relationship?
Try to accept the other person as he or she is. There are lots of personality traits which are impossible to change. Think about what exites you the most about the other. What do you appreciate the most. There were several things I've noticed which convinced me I've found my man. Once I really liked a victorian portrait of a man in a museum. After few years I visited the place with my future hubby and... voila! The portrait looked almost like it was painted from him. I noticed that in movies, the more main hero looks and behaves like hubby, the more I like the movie. That was true even before I've met my man! When I used to spend half of the summer with my mum and then went to meet him at the airport it always was the same: hundreds of faces floating by. Then suddenly I think: "Wow. What a man! Wait... Its my hubby!" Plus I know he would never betrayed me in any way, always try to be his best and has a killing "insecurity smile". Yes, in my case we both enjoy situations when one feels slightly uneasy and another could help. Again, Socionics explains this. I've also heard an advice (which I think is sound) that every 5-7-10 or so years it is useful to somehow reinvent the relationship. Perhaps to learn to see the partner from another point of view.
CONSUMER
How long has it been since you last bought a music CD? Where do you get the music you listen to?
I've bought the latest CD of my favourite singer-songwriter Ian Anderson few weeks ago. But mostly I just listen Last.fm, Spotify, Youtube, etc. I also used to have a huge tape and CD collection but I've converted it all to MP3 and I listen to it randomly...
MEMOIRS
What characters, famous people, or heroes did you identify with as a child?
Captain Nemo, Mozart, Athos, Jane Eyre, Pathfinder, Luke Skywalker
Did you always know what you wanted to be? How did you discover your calling?
I always wanted a jouney of discovery of some sort. At first I hoped that humans will start the space travel at the time I grow up but it didn't happened. So I decided to go to planetary science as the next best thing. When my kids were born I ended up stranded at home and started to develop my old passion for painting and drawing.
What was the best time in your life?
I always hope that it is still ahead
 

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