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.

Week 11 Book review: How are You Feeling? By David Shrigley

I should say up front: I am a massive fan of David Shrigley. To save you reading a gushing paragraph of superlatives, I’ll defer you to Will Self’s excellent introduction to What the Hell are You Doing?, which captures David Shrigley's genius far more eloquently than I can manage.

Like other graphic artists who create enclosed worlds of morphs – Dr Seuss, Edwards Gorey and Lear – there is nothing in Shrigley’s disconcerting pictorial space that doesn’t belong; however, I think he may well be unique in the fine balance he creates between image and caption. At his best John Glashan got close to what Shrigley achieves, but he never had quite the same range and fluency: on the kink of his line Shrigley can shift effortlessly from pathos to paranoia.

And his work is funny – very funny; his timing devastatingly effective while being curiously non-Euclidean (the punchline is located in a separate dimension to the set-up, never alongside). Only Shrigley can pull off such rapid-fire combinations; only Shrigley can produce effective social commentary using doodles of men down holes.
— Will Self: http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2010/sep/11/essential-david-shrigley-will-self

 Like much of Shrigley's work, How are You Feeling? At the Centre of the Inside of the Human Brain's Mind captures and cuts through the uncomfortable truths about the anxieties, obsessions, and dark and petty thoughts that swirl around our minds and make us human - all through his characteristic, ridiculously crude (in all senses of the word) line drawings and scribbled lines of text.

If you’ve not experienced Shrigley’s work before, be prepared to have your artistic sensibilities challenged. If you have, then you know to expect that each image will leave you with an uneasy, slightly discomfiting feeling borne of confusion, recognition and insight.

HOW ARE YOU FEELING? ARE YOU ALRIGHT? IF YOU COULD OPEN YOUR MIND LIKE A HANDBAG AND SHOW US WHAT WAS INSIDE, WHAT WOULD WE SEE? A BIT OF A MESS? DON'T WORRY THIS IS A SELF-HELP BOOK. YOU'LL FEEL BETTER VERY SOON.

Week 12 Book review: The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh.

Recipe: Super simple chappatis