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My self-summary
Part happy scientist and bioethicist, part serious-minded bookworm and writer, part barefoot forest-scrambler and rock climber. All big-hearted adventurer, learning to be an activist.

Never bored. Always curious about empathy and others and what's right in front of my toes as well as what's over the horizon.

Looking for you. If you've got friends who inspire you, plans that excite you, and calluses in all the right places.

*I always have a book
* Oysters are not my friends but jalapeños are
*Fog and lightning make me very happy
*Morocco and Turkey are my next passport places. Iceland was the latest.
* Cardamom is the best smell ever
*I’m afraid of indifference
What I’m doing with my life
*Science and genetics policy
*Taking road trips to find the best writing cabins
*Looking around
*Turning strangers to friends
I’m really good at
-Finding connections
-Wondering about theories and patterns
-Enjoying hole-in-the-wall places
The first things people usually notice about me
Best thing a friend once said about me: "I'd describe her as a capable-looking gypsy." I'll take it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: A River Runs Through It. Under the Volcano. Justine. 1491. Moby Dick. Other books that tackle big ideas in beautiful ways and let me glimpse the wheels and cogs in someone else's mind, both fiction and non-fiction.

Movies: Dead Man, Titus, City of God, The Legend of 1900, stuff by Herzog, Greenaway, Lynch, Egoyan, Coen Bros. Great bloody epics, mysterious moody stuff, whatever startles me and shows me something oddly compelling or has a dry, weird sense of humor.

Music: the little fiddle circle all the way up to a huge music festival. Americana, alt folk, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, iiO, southern gothic, Jay Munly, old blues, electronic. Music for staring at the wall deep in a good ponder, and music for blues-grinding in a sweaty Southern crowd.
The six things I could never do without
Six? Silly arbitrary number. Ignoring that and moving on,

How old wood and rocks smell: smoky and aged.

How the corners of guys' eyes crinkle when they smile.

A fireside, a pair of chairs, two scotches, and two great books we page through while occasionally smiling at one another.

How the muscles in my back feel all after a long bouldering problem.

Friends at my back (even if they're laughing at me).

The next adventure.

Really excellent bread pudding.

Ideas, challenges (frustrations, even), bruises, scars, and always chances to learn more.

I spend a lot of time thinking about
the moment.
On a typical Friday night I am
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm here to find real people with real passions who really want to make this strange, fascinating old world of ours better. And I'm only ticklish in one place.
You should message me if
If you are direct and open ...if you're wondering how to balance all your interests... if you're engaged in your world... if you're a disciplined wanderer.

To be truly compatible, I've figured out I need someone who:
1. Runs his brain all the time, is relentlessly curious about the world, and loves systems and people both.
2. Runs his body a fair amount. Someone active. Let's go!
3. Is doing something he loves (passion is a turn-on)
4. Is making positive changes in the world in concrete ways. Or trying to...