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Last online
Yesterday – 7:25pm
5′ 10″ (1.78m)
Body Type
A little extra
Strictly vegetarian
Not at all
Agnosticism, and very serious about it
Pisces, but it doesn’t matter
Graduated from university
Science / Engineering
Rather not say
Strictly monogamous
Doesn’t have kids, and doesn’t want any
Likes dogs and likes cats
English (Fluently), German (Poorly), LISP (Poorly), C++ (Poorly)
My self-summary
Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Note: Despite what's implied by subsequent text that I haven't updated, I'm probably not interested in a relationship any time soon, because I'm pretty occupied by other projects. I'm still glad to make friends.


I try to make kindness, openness, rationality, and altruism central to who I am. A friend said about me: "Brian is honestly the sweetest person I've ever met. He has a genuine love for everyone, regardless of their flaws. His friendliness and sense of humor put people at ease, and he'll listen to anything without judgment."

I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2009 with a major in computer science and a minor in statistics. I enjoy geeky academic subjects of all sorts: neuroscience, physics, mathematics, psychology, economics, philosophy.

My life goal is to reduce suffering in the most cost-effective ways possible, a theme evident in the following links:
* An interview with me
* Academic website
* Philosophical website
Feel free to connect on Facebook.

I have decided not to have children because I would rather use the time and money required to raise them on activism and research instead. Still, feel free to message me if you’d like to be friends regardless of whether you want to have kids. :)
What I’m doing with my life
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I research big-picture questions related to how best to reduce suffering in the world -- ranging from the cruelties endured by animals in wild ecosystems to how members of different value systems can cooperate for mutual benefit. I write about these topics for the Foundational Research Institute.

From 2009-2013, I worked as a software engineer at Microsoft's Bing search engine. I mined large data logs, built ranking models, and evaluated why Bing did poorly on certain queries.

I'm on the board of directors for Animal Charity Evaluators, which evaluates animal organizations on their cost-efficiency. (By the way, it's not a big deal if you eat meat, because there are other dimensions of personality/lifestyle match that matter a lot more than this.)

I'm also helping advise an organization called Animal Ethics, which studies and raises concern for the suffering of animals in nature.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
* Reading and writing about philosophy
* Academic research
* Calculus, probability, statistics, and machine learning
* Making dumb jokes
* Grammatical proofreading
* Microsoft Excel
The first things people usually notice about me
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* Trusting, honest, straightforward, sometimes "oblivious" to social subtleties
* Not concerned about dress or appearance
* That I have a child's sense of playfulness
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
* Sleep (on average 9.5 hours per night)
* My treadmill desk
* Discussions about academics and activism
* Time to for getting work done
* Green vegetables
* Wikipedia
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
* Catching up on personal emails and Facebook conversations
* Reading about physics, political theory, or insect population dynamics
* Skyping with friends
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I love Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and still watch it every once in a while. Some of the songs make me cry.

Also, my belly is more round than you might expect based on my pictures.
You should message me if
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* You share a passion for academics and/or reducing suffering.
* You are hard-working, frugal, and maybe aiming to make a difference in the world.
* You don't ever want kids (childfree). I have a vasectomy to ensure this. :)
* You wouldn't mind if I stay inside to work on my activism/research projects rather than going out or traveling.
* You're willing to keep finances separate indefinitely.
* You don't mind my walking on my treadmill desk.
* You agree that honesty is essential in a relationship.

I'm equally open to local and long-distance relationships. My last serious relationship was long-distance, and it was very good. Skype does a lot to break down distance barriers.