A conversation about homeopathy

Me:

…and that’s how we know homeopathy doesn’t work. It’s the air guitar of medicine.

Quack:

Now, don’t be so hasty!

Me:

What do you mean?

Quack:

Well, don’t be so quick to dismiss alternative medicines like homeopathy. You don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater!

Me:

Are we talking about a whole baby or a millionth of a baby?

Quack:

*look of disapproval*

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Bobby McFerrin hacks your brain with the pentatonic scale

I’m not sure exactly why, but regardless of how I’m feeling, this video always brightens my day.

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Oh, a blog. How original…

Hello. I’ve started a personal blog.

Me: I’m an optimistic cynic. I like reptiles, puzzles, and pineapple. I dislike rain, mushrooms, and David Cameron. I work in a lab with homosexual flies and mute crickets. “Earth Prisoner” is an anagram of my name.

The name of the blog is inspired by a quote from Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species:

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

I currently study in Scotland, but will be spending my summers in London from now on. I imagine some of the posts on this blog will be about me getting used to London-living. Other blogs I’ve written in the past had specific themes and target audiences. One in Japanese, one for science and skepticism, and various others. This blog is a personal blog. Primarily, it’s written for me. If you like some of it, then that’s a bonus. When I feel like conveying my thoughts, having a rant, or maybe just sharing something freaking awesome, then I’ll do that here. It could be about science, it could be something amazing I saw at the weekend, it could be about a politician I want to see chased into a volcano.

This post is essentially going to become my “About Me” page, so I better write a little about myself.

I’m obsessed with science (especially evolutionary developmental biology, palaeontology, and astronomy) but generally interested in all fields. I’m also very interested in the communication of science to the public. I’m fascinated by the Japanese language, magic, rational skepticism, dinosaurs, whisky, and weird t-shirts. And cake. I’m definitely obsessed with cake. I’ve been told that I’m an obese man in a thin man’s body.

I love public speaking. I often talk about science/skepticism/magic at various events around the UK, and over the last few months I’ve been making the transition into stand-up comedy as well. I do @ReptileFacts on Twitter. I run a Skeptics group in St Andrews. I used to be the volunteer coordinator for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (you couldn’t pay me to work with them again). I occasionally write columns and guest posts for some videogame websites.

I enjoy sports. I dislike the notion that being sporty or geeky are mutually exclusive character traits. I’m as likely to play football as I am chess. I’m as likely to go for a run as I am to try beating my best time solving a Rubik’s cube. Sometimes I want to cheer on my favourite teams, other times I want to wrap my head around some tasty diffusion equations. Why pigeonhole? There are some things I enjoy, and some I really don’t. I don’t care what “type” of activity they are.

I’ve got bored writing about myself now. That’ll do.

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