Shan VartanianLab Consultant
Shan is a fourth-year Philosophy major, minoring in Cognitive Science. He has a particular interest in philosophy of mind and ethics. He has made his purpose in life to identify what it is to live a good life and use that knowledge to promote human wellbeing. His interests outside of academics include fashion, cooking, computers, video games, hiking, and film analysis.
What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?
I play tabletop games such as Dungeons and Dragons, World of Darkness and Magic: The Gathering on a weekly basis with my friends, and attend boardgame cafes on date nights.
Name your top 3 games of all time.
First would be Fallout: New Vegas, I’ve spent countless hours adventuring through the irradiated Mojave desert. Next would be Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, despite the fact that it’s a buggy mess it is near and dear to my heart. And Lastly, Shadow of the Colossus whose minimalist design and unique aesthetic makes a powerful case for games as art, in my eyes.
If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be?
I believe that Aristotle was one of the greatest thinkers in human history. Discussing ethics, human happiness and epistemology with him seems like it would be a life-changing experience.