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.

Human Rights Quiz

A big part of the humanist confirmation course are human rights. Here's a quiz one of the course leaders with a background in the area put together on human rights and the law during times of war. Some of the questions are more straight-forward than others, all of them are designed to provoke discussion.

Each of the statements below is either true or false. Take the test and see how many you get right. Sometimes of the answers (found below) are likely to surprise you.

  1. It is a human right to live
  2. It is a human right to have children
  3. It is a human right to live in Norway
  4. Only states can violate human rights
  5. It is a human right to have access to the internet
  6. It is a human right to have periodic holidays with pay
  7. It is legal to shoot a soldier who has has his/her back to you
  8. When there is war, it's okay to kill civilians
  9. No one is punished for something something happens during a war
  10. A white flag during war means surrender
  11. In a war, you can shoot at the Red Cross if they help your enemy
  12. It's okay to use a church as an armory during wartime
  13. It's okay to carry weapons in an ambulance, as long as it is clearly marked with a red cross
  14. Prisoners of war shall be paid whilst they are in captivity
  15. It's okay to bomb a school after hours.

 

1. True

2. False

3. False

4. True

5. False

6. True

7. True

8. False

9. False

10. False

11. False

12. False

13. False

14. True

15. False

Right-wing extremism in Norway (and beyond)

The Story of the Perfect Body