Me: I’m an optimistic cynic. I like reptiles, 日本語, and pineapple. I dislike rain, mushrooms, and David Cameron. I do things in labs with regenerating annelids, homosexual flies, mute crickets, you know… the usual. “Earth Prisoner” is an anagram of my name. I’m also a joint Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
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 I’ve started spending my summers in London. Some of the posts on this blog will be about 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. Indeed, I’m now being paid to write science blogs, which is rather nice. But 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.
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’m a Wikipedian. I am in real and everlasting love with videogames. I grew up with games, it’s just a normal part of my life, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
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 @EvoDevoBio and @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 video game websites too.
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.
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