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.

Random tweets about interesting things from Week 31/32

Another collection of just a sample of tweets about various interesting things that caught my eye. Some of these tweets have been sitting in my Evernote archive for a couple of weeks, which is one of my motivations for doing this kind of post regularly (as I think I promised a while back; but I mean it this time, for reals; hence the week numbers in the title). I'll probably do it every Sunday evening, which is usually when the feeling that I can't be bothered to do thing I should be doing is strongest.

Tweet from Keith R Laws (@Keith_Laws)

12 Movies and TV Shows That Commit Crimes Against Neuroscience

. via @io9 @sarcastic_f

Tweet from Alom Shaha (@alomshaha)


100 of Britain's secular thinkers you should know about, who aren’t white men

" by @AlexGabriel

Tweet from Alice Bell (@alicebell)

The green movement is not pro-science

The green movement is not anti-science

. Discuss.

Tweet from Guardian Tech (@guardiantech)

Spotify vs Musicians

: 10 things to read to better understand the debate

Tweet from Jack of Kent (@JackofKent)

Here is an outstanding, sensible post by @brokenbottleboy on

trolling and internet abuse

Tweet from Rationalist UK (@RationalistUK)

Religion and the battle for free speech

: Anna Vesterinen on modern blasphemy laws

Tweet from Anthony Cox (@drarcox)

My geek rating is 86%!

How geeky are you

Tweet from Rhys Morgan (@rhysmorgan)

New blog post about

the problems with multilevel marketing

Tweet from John Pavlus (@johnpavlus)

If this is doing "science communication" wrong

, I don't want to be right.

Tweet from WIRED (@wired)

Why You Should Think Twice Before Shaming Anyone on Social Media

Tweet from Brian D. Earp (@briandavidearp)

The Ethics of Infant Male #Circumcision

- University of Oxford via @YouTube

Tweet from Emma Bell (@emmabell42)


Myths and Misconceptions About Evolution

. Recommended for those who think they get evolution too!

Tweet from Jim Al-Khalili (@jimalkhalili)

Here is audio of my lecture on free will

delivered at @BHAhumanists annual conf recorded by @poddelusion - Enjoy

Tweet from Daniel Simons (@profsimons)

Nice post by @DTWillingham about our paper on the

problems of placebo effects in psych interventions


Tweet from Tom Chivers (@TomChivers)


Recently more human beings have been dying by suicide annually than by murder and warfare combined

" via @sapinker

Incidentally, my Geek Rating is 57% ""You’re just “meh” with technology. One minute smugly downloading a cool new smartphone app to show off, the next staring in despair at the Microsoft Word help system to write a simple letter." If I didn't know better I might have suspected that my wife had written that description.

Article for Argument: Chiropractors turn their backs on the evidence

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