I'm Matthew, an (a) honest Mormon (aka, member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also abbreviated "LDS")), RM (Returned Missionary), an (b) insatiably curious physics student, lover of all things good and praiseworthy, (c) space exploration enthusiast, hobbyist writer, artist, musician and (d) professional physics student, specializing in the field of general relativity. Also, it's probably pretty obvious by this page that I'm rather fond of these "little ponies."
If it's about spacetime, cosmology, quantum mechanics, or aerospace technology, then "TL;DR" does not exist for me! Feel free to comment below if you want to strike up a conversation about it. I won't pretend to know everything, but I do know quite a lot in those topics.
If you're familiar with the Myer-Briggs Type Indicators (MBTIs), my type is INTJ: www.16personalities.com/intj-p…
(a) On that topic, I do believe in Jesus Christ "and all that". Reality is an odd thing, and while most people would accuse theists of being closed-minded, I think it's quite the opposite. What's more close-minded than assuming that because you don't understand every detail of something, it cannot be true? Science doesn't yet understand everything - if it did, then I wouldn't have much of a career looking forward to in answering current questions in modern physics. From this lack of understanding, we would expect to find things we do not understand in an entire truth. As Sir Arthur C. Clarke put it, "Any sufficiently advanced [science] is indistinguishable from magic."
And as Albert Einstein put it, "I prefer an attitude of humility." His "parable" of a child in a library is perhaps one of my favorite quotes of all time;
"The human mind, no matter how highly trained, cannot grasp the universe. We are in the position of a little child, entering a huge library whose walls are covered to the ceiling with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written those books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books, a mysterious order, which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of the human mind, even the greatest and most cultured, toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged, obeying certain laws, but we understand the laws only dimly." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religiou…
(b) As limited as our minds are, we've still managed to invent the internet and land on the moon, and as we ask questions, we can only learn more in the long run. I love physics!
(c) I used to aim to be an aerospace engineer, but a number of factors led me to pursue physics, instead. A different lifestyle and the promise of being able to never cease learning about spacetime and be able to press onward the boundary of human knowledge, and even pursue questions like, "can you curve spacetime in such a way to allow for propulsively advantageous* faster-than-light travel?" ultimately led me to physics instead.
That being said, I didn't spend years of my life studying and obsessing over aerospace/astronautical engineering ("rocket science") for lack of interest or love. I'm thrilled to see where SpaceX will go.
I'm a huge proponent of the colonization of space, as well. To say that we need to stay on Earth to solve our problems here, is to say we are too wounded to get medical care.
The Neanderthals were more intelligent, but we explored, and so we survived, and they didn't. I believe the universe is populated with single-planet ruins of civilizations that didn't bother with the 1% chance that each decade would end them if they didn't go to space - they just did the "smart," economic, easy thing of staying home and arguing about every problem they had there.
But over a few centuries, that 1% built up, and they died to a supervirus, nuclear war, or most likely, they dwindled - their economies and morality slowly declined until their cities were in ruins, not from a war, but from neglect and poverty. Eventually, they died off, or retreated to a small husk of what they once were, and stayed that way until a disaster came along and ended them.
These species are discovered, cataloged, and studied by the other species who made the irrational decision to leave their world and colonize the stars. Maybe their home planet is in shambles now, but that's no matter, their robotic colonies kept their species, and their civilization, alive, and they owe everything to their ancestors who thought ahead of their lifetime alone, and decided to take a step into the unknown. To leave certain decay, withering, slow decline and death behind, and venture into the unknown that awaited them in the heavens.
(d) I'm currently and undergraduate studying physics. I aim to become a professor, enjoy talking about my interests and explaining them to others, and I love to investigate and answer questions like the asteriske'd one above, by making an appeal to physics and math.
Oh, and my favorite pony is Twilight Sparkle, no doubt. Kind, reasonable, cute, shared passions involving math and science - she's pretty awesome.
And remember that asterisk above? * Skip this paragraph if you're not interested in some gritty details on the topic, but, global faster-than-light travel is already possible within current theoretical frameworks. In fact, because light slows down in a gravitational well (as per the Schwarzchild solution), somewhere in the universe, there's a light ray inching along next to a black hole's horizon at less than a billionth of a meter per second. You're going about a billion times faster at a brisk walk. So, "can curved spacetime allow for faster-than-light travel?" is an already answered, "yes!" The question is; can it be used to propulsive advantage - ie, a "warp drive"? That question isn't quite settled yet, though there's strong arguments on both sides.
You're often found diving into a book or spending hours working on that project of yours. It's important that you put in as much of an effort learning as possible so your knowledge will someday come in handy. Because of this, you may sometimes be skeptical of things that you don't have any proof of.
While you tend to be booksmart as opposed to streetsmart, you also tend to be a tad socially awkward, not always sure how well you fit in with your friends or maybe not even having a lot of them in the first place, but you're still a solid friend when it comes down to it and would be there to help any of them with their problems.
Even though you may be talented, you're the total opposite of a showoff, shying away from bragging or even talking about your talents. You don't want the world to think you're a braggart, after all. You're quite humble and modest, but you're also looking for acceptance and praise for your talents.