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.

Tweets about random interesting things Week 33

Secularism UK (@NatSecSoc)

What is #secularism? Here's a video that explains how we see it:

Brian Cox (@ProfBrianCox)

My fellow Monkey @robinince debating the proposition "

The world needs religion, just leave God out of it


Rationalist UK (@RationalistUK)

Blog: "

Currently, Dawkins is a case study in how not to talk about religion

." Our new editor starts with a bang

Mary Gillespie (@mara1618)


Find the plants and trees that are native in your post code

, courtesy of the Natural History Museum

Ed Yong (@edyong209)

Very good @sarcastic_f post on that study on

rats and brain activity in a near-death state


How the rights of the non-religious under 'freedom of religion or belief' are "

all too easily overlooked


Tweet from snopes.com (@snopes)

Will the planet Mars will make a once-in-our-lifetimes,

remarkably close approach to Earth this month



Whilst tidying up my Twitter I also found a bunch of things I'd favourited going back to something like January 2011.

Ed Yong (@edyong209)

Every time people ask me "So how do I become a science writer", I'm just gonna point them to @carlzimmer's

new post


Stephen Curry (@Stephen_Curry)

Believe in the aquatic ape

? You'd probably also swallow a custardy elephant. By @HenryGeeBooks

Mo Costandi (@mocost)

Pornography rewires boys' brains

. Very iffy article based on TED talks by non-experts

Mark Haselgrove (@MarkHaselgrove)

Fist-clenchingly poor science

Vaughan Bell (@vaughanbell)

How Parents Around the World Describe Their Children

Rationalist UK (@RationalistUK)

@dannylarouge We find @kenanmalik such a reliable guide on ethical matters we got him to write our


Mind Apples (@mindapples)

Great content for teaching kids about the brain


based on last year's Ri Christmas Lectures (via @profbrucehood)

Dave J. Hayes ‏(@neuroscntist_ca)

Top ten

signs you've been brain scanning too much


Tweets about random interesting things: Week 34

Article for Argument: Chiropractors turn their backs on the evidence