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.

52-book Challenge

Last year I think I read between 25 and 30 books but only wrote up a review (either here or on Goodreads) for a handful of them. This year I have set myself the challenge of reading (at least) one book a week for the entire year.

To avoid my personal challenge being just a numbers game I’m vowing to write up at least a couple of hundred words for every single book I read this year. I read very differently when I know I have to write about it afterwards; it forces me to really think things through and reflect on what I have just experienced and not just move on to the next book, which I am sometimes guilty of doing.

White Tiger was (review below) the second book in my 52 books in 2014 challenge, the first was Bo Burnham's Egghead. Week 3’s book is AC Grayling’s Liberty in the Age of Terror, which I finished reading today. I’ll post a review either Wednesday or Thursday.

Next up is Erik Tunstad’s Juks, a Norwegian book about scientific fraud. I’m also very privileged and lucky to be reading a pre-publication copy of Greta Christina’s Coming Out Atheist . I’ll be reviewing the book as one of the Contributing Editors for the new Rationalist Magazine being set up by Sanal Edamaruku - but that’s for a separate post.

Coming Out Atheist  will be released in April and my review will be in issue two of the magazine, out sometime early May. I've not decided what the book for Week 5 might be; Genes, Cells and Brains by Steven and Mary Rose has been on my reading pile for a while so it might be that.

The plan is to post a list of the 52 books at the end of the year and try to arrange them into some sort of Top 10. Incidentally, my favourite fiction book of last year was Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy (book three was released in September, so it counts); there was no real runaway winner for non-fiction so I’ll have to have more of a think about.

Recipe: An improved method for the production of Guyanan Musa acuminate with Mangifera indica dessert.

Week 2 Book review: White Tiger by Aravind Adiga