I am Neuroscience PhD, a humanist, skeptic, feminist, avid reader, science enthusiast, woolly-liberal über-nerd, and, as of October 2015, father to the Lykketroll.

I moved from England to Norway in January 2012 and live in Lørenskog with my wife, the Lykketroll, and our two aging rescue cats, Socrates and Schrödinger. 

I am on paternity leave from the 4th of July to the 18th of November. 

The job I am on leave from is as an  Associate Professor and Head of Studies at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. My background is in child neurodevelopment (my PhD looked into the relationship between fatty acids like omega-3 and cognitive development in young children) but I now work on a hodge-podge of things roughly within the field of Universal Design of ICT 50% of the time, the other 50% of my time I am Head of the 'General' Studies (Allmenn in Norwegian) Unit, which is comprised of around 24 academics within a range of fields, including mathematics, physics, Norwegian, and technology and leadership.

In between working and doing the usual dad things,  I like hiking and running in the beautiful Norwegian outdoors, cooking and playing video games. 

If I believed in souls I would say that mine was born in Norway. 

I plan to sleep when I'm dead.

Autograph hunting, update

I've returned from my first visit to the UK since I moved to Norway six months and ago and managed to dig out some more books from my parent's attic to drag back with me. I posted a list of all the atheist/sketpic/humanist/scientists I had managed to stalk a little while back and I've managed to root out a few more signed books, two of which, The God Delusion and The Meaning of Things have been massively influential to me.

The Meaning of Things by AC Grayling, at the Press Launch for the National Federation for Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies  (AHS) back in February 2009. It's Grayling's wonderfully thoughtful and accessible little essays that first got me seriously thinking about, well, the meaning of things.  

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, also at the AHS Press Launch. Opinion might be divided about Dawkins' strident ways but, as with many other people I imagine, this was the book that solidified my atheism, and I guess made me more vocal about my love of science, lack of belief in God and critical views of religion.

The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris, at a conversation with Richard Dawkins in April 2009, where two of The Four Horsemen talked about how science might unravel and explain morality. Whilst I'm not sure I agree with Harris' ideas completely, it was great to hear the two talk them through in the beautiful arena of Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre. 

What is humanism?

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