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.

More songs for a secular/humanist funeral playlist

A few people got in touch after reading through my playlist, thanks in no small part to a retweet from the British Humanists Association, and I thought I'd share their song choices too. There are a couple of well-known pop songs but the others are new to me, so I'm thankful to those who expanded my musical horizons that little bit more. Be warned: the last song is only those who are sure their friend and family share their dark sense of humour.

@Wholham74  - Bon Jovi: It's My Life

@Fintasm - The Divine Comedy: Tonight We Fly

@RJohnDavis - The Pogues: Worms

Book review: Ytringsfrihet (Freedom of Speech) by Bjørn Stærk

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