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.

Blurb for my 2014 Human-Etisk Forbund confirmation course

Those who have been following my recent posts will know that many of them have been about or inspired by my involvement with HEF's confirmation courses. I held a talk on becoming a British Humanist and hung out with a group of confirmants as part of a course that was running soon after I moved here, but I couldn't get much more involved than that because my Norwegian was a long way off good enough (to be fair I'd only been learning for a couple of months) and the courses are supposed to be in Norwegian.

Since early Feb this year, I've been observing a full course to get a feel for how things work from start to finish. My Norwegian is now good enough to follow most conversations and make myself understood, but it's a whole different ball game when you're discussing sexuality with 14-year-olds in a language you haven't quite mastered yet. My aim is eventually to become a course leader and run courses in Norwegian, but in the meantime, HEF must have seen something they like in me because they've given me the opportunity to run a course in the new year in English. It was only just confirmed only a couple of weeks ago; I think one tweet aside, I've been too busy to to really think and write about it.

There'll be a lot more to come as I develop the course, but to start with, here's the short blurb I put together that will go live on HEF's webpage early next week, I think. Whilst there is a lot of freedom for how the courses are run, some thing are tightly regulated, so it's really just a tweaked translation of the Norwegian text.

The main aim of this ten-week course is to help confirmants develop their ideas about themselves, and the world and the people around them. Ethics, morality and life stances are the main themes of the course, with human rights, tolerance, prejudice, racism, critical thinking, solidarity, law, drugs and sex also covered.

The emphasis is on getting confirmants to think about these topics through active participation in practical exercises, discussions and dialogue. All confirmants also receive the book ‘Tenk på det’ (Think About It). The course concludes with a formal confirmation ceremony.

Running my own course will be very different to holding the odd talk or just being an assistant, but thankfully it won't start until February 2014 so I have a bit of time to prepare yet. It'll be the first time HEF has done this kind of thing, so there's a bit of pressure to get it right, but I'm already buzzing with excitement!

Latest assorted collection of random tweets about interesting things.

Penis length, virginities and paraphilias: Answering some questions 14-year-olds have about sex