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.

Round-up of recent random tweets about interesting things

I've been on holiday to Calgary for a couple of weeks, visiting the

Canadian Rockies

and doing all things cowboy at the

Calgary Stampede

, but, Twitter-fiend that I am, I still found time and wi-fi connection here and there to flick through my timeline for interesting bits and bobs to read in the middle of night, whilst my already messed up body clock tried to readjust to the eight-hour time difference.

Tweet from Gunnar R Tjomlid (@CiViX)

Se «

50 Science Misconceptions - mental_floss

on YouTube (Ep.18)» på YouTube

Tweet from Alice Bell (@alicebell)

Tracey Brown on the precautionary principle


Tweet from TimesHigherEducation (@timeshighered)

Students taking Coursera #Moocs may

never know the right answers

Tweet from Human-Etisk Forbund (@HumanEtisk)

Den norske kirke ønsker å rydde opp i medlemsrotet

. Er du feilregistrert? Slik opprydding har vi arbeidet for lenge.

Tweet from Frank Swain (@SciencePunk)

Violent crime is falling, and

nine other issues British people are getting wrong

Tweet from Brian D. Earp (@briandavidearp)

Philosophers on Twitter:

The Definitive List

Tweet from FriendsOfSciMed (@FriendsOfSciMed)

How Much Modern Medicine is Evidence Based

?” An older but relevant post from @stevennovella #medicine #SBM #EBP

Tweet from Birmingham Skeptics (@Brum_Skeptics)

Listen again -

Inside Science: very good, brand new R4 programme

with @AdamRutherford, @Dr_Lucie & @DrAliceRoberts.

Tweet from David Colquhoun (@david_colquhoun)

#Chiropractic quacks

welcome new pain pathway

. It does

not mention chiropractic


Tweet from Andrew West (@krypto)

Not entirely convinced by the elephant RT @perform:

Animal shadows from your hands

Tweet from Chris French (@chriscfrench)

11 open-access articles on the psychology of belief

in conspiracies edited by Viren Swami and me

Tweet from Rationalist UK (@RationalistUK)

Islamic veiling is a form of patriarchal oppression

, and supporters of equality have a responsibility to say so

Tweet from AmnestyInternational (@AmnestyOnline)

Check out this inspirational @Amnesty_Norge campaign

! Why don't you #KeepTheBeatAlive & stop the death penalty?!

Tweet from Writers & Artists (@Writers_Artists)

The titles of the top 1,000 bestselling adult novels of 2013

: why are men 'men', but women 'girls'? @forbookssake

Tweet from Guillaume Dumas (@introspection)

The Problem with the Neuroscience Backlash

, in the @NewYorker via @Alterwired #Neurodebunking #Skepticism

A secular/humanist funeral playlist: songs about death or the joy of life

Three quick brain teasers