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Motto: To Understand the World Around Us


This is Bellerophon5685's userpage on Wikipedia. I was formerlly known as dudeman5685. I came up with that name back when I was 16, relatively new to the internet and G. W. Bush was in his first term (hell, it might even have been Clinton). Now its pretty embarrassing putting it on job applications and such. I've used it for so many applications on wiki, imdb, etc though that its become a "brand" now. However I have now changed it to the much less chimerical Bellerophon5685.

Anyway, my areas of activity on Wikipedia are pretty broad. I take a particular interest in political and social movements usually thought of as radical or extremist, both on the right and the left (as well as some that defy classification). I do this because I think, especially in today's political atmosphere, the phenomenon of extremism deserves an unbiased, scientific examination. Too often it is used by opposition research and partisan outfits to exaggerate the radicalism of their opponents and the "threat" that the theocratic, socialist, communist, Klan etc. movement are supposed to represent and how "close" they are to mainstream politicians. I take the view that these movements have intrinsic interest in and of themselves, and should be studied with a more scholarly to determine the large role that "extremism" plays in the larger political and social context.

I have other interests, of course - religion, folklore, mythology, classical and medieval studies, fraternal orders, literature etc. Mostly things that focus on people and their interaction with each other.

'back in the day, with my ride Pegasus


I'd like to thank the Academy...

  100000 Edits
Congratulations on reaching 100000 edits. You have achieved a milestone that only 530 editors have been able to accomplish. The Wikipedia Community thanks you for your continuing efforts. Keep up the good work!

-- Dolotta (talk) 19:06, 6 January 2019 (UTC)

  The Barnstar of High Culture
For your hard work in improving the Tristan and Iseult articles, I award you this Barnstar of High Culture. Cúchullain t/c 05:45, 9 May 2006 (UTC)

  The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
For your continuous dedications in expanding the Tristan and Tristan and Iseult pages! --Stoa 16:29, 11 May 2006 (UTC)
  The Barnstar of Diligence
For your watchfulness and concern to serve Wikipedia to its highest standards I award you this barnstar. Wear it with distinction! Drboisclair 10:22, 28 June 2007 (UTC)
  The Workers' Barnstar
This user has shown great editing skills in improving articles related to Communism or Socialism. Carrite (talk) 23:45, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
  The Workers' Barnstar
This user has shown great editing skills in improving articles related to Communism or Socialism. Carrite (talk) 06:49, 26 February 2010 (UTC)
  Home-Made Barnstar
For your handcrafting a pdf of the Fraina "Trial" Stenogram, a handcrafted barnstar! Carrite (talk) 15:07, 21 May 2010 (UTC)