"That's a crazy idea. Insane. It doesn't make sense."
"You'll do it?"
"Of course," I replied.
I aspire to live by that magnet.
-I'm a nerd: a science nerd, a fantasy nerd, a music nerd, what-have-you. I am, however, also a very serious and committed academician. I am a published research neuroscientist who has done work in human psychophysics and macaque neuroethology, and I plan to attend graduate school to obtain my PhD in Neuroscience. I have grand ideas and I am constantly working toward the day when I have the flexibility and resources to test them. Ask me about them.
-My other passion is literature. I'm currently reading Edmund Spencer's Elizabethan epic The Faerie Queene and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein , neither of which are nearly as dull and idly fabulist as they sound.
-I am a self-professed audiophile, though this means that I am occasionally accused of being a hipster. This label could have been vaguely appropriate three years ago, but I like to think that I've become far too professional and reserved to qualify for it today. I am, however, not unironical.
-Decidedly the most interesting thing I've ever done is to have swum in the Amazon river (the genuine article, not a tributary). Unfortunately, I got dysentery from doing so.
-Throughout grade school I attended a small private school whose cultural interiority and social idiosyncrasies did not prepare me particularly well for interacting in the “real world."
-I have opinions about things. Sometimes, I can be overbearing about them.