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.

10 similarities between religion and parenthood

  1. Everyone is convinced that their way is the best way, and that everyone else is doing it wrong.
  2. You are beholden to the whims of one or more unknowable, capricious tyrants who demand your love.
  3. There are dozens of books that all claim to know The One True Path.
  4. Most people end up doing it how their parents did it.
  5. In most places in the world, opting out automatically makes you bad/incomplete/worthy of scorn.
  6. If you spend too much time thinking about it, you'll be crippled with doubt and start wondering why you ever started with it the first place.
  7. Your sex-life is way better off if you steer clear.
  8. You can't do something differently without it automatically being a criticism of how someone else does it.
  9. You use it to give your life purpose and meaning.
  10. Sometimes, some of it kinda makes sense. Sometimes. Most of it doesn't and never will. 

Because I said so.

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