The verities: Tyler has an astronomical IQ (perhaps even higher than Robin Hanson), overflowing creativity, an obsessive work ethic, an almost perfectly even temperament, and an unbroken record of fair, honest dealing.
The paradoxes: Tyler is...
an introvert who's a natural leader
the most meritocratic guy I know, though he doesn't believe in merit
one of the most intellectually stubborn people I know, despite (because of?) his often promiscuous open-mindedness
the giver of the best and worst career advice I've ever gotten (fortunately I know when to listen!)
obsessed with the future, despite his lack of interest in reproducing
a pragmatist and consequentialist who practices a largely deontological ethic; and
my intellectual conscience, despite our ceaseless disagreements.