I'm interested in learning and making the world better. I'm particularly passionate about animal welfare and reducing suffering more generally.
I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2009 with a major in computer science and a minor in statistics. I enjoy academic subjects of all sorts, including neuroscience, physics, mathematics, psychology, economics, philosophy.
I value openness, kindness, and tolerance. 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."
Here are some links about me:
* An interview from 2012
* 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. :)
Previously 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've also worked on machine learning and web development for a fledgling real-estate startup.
Until recently, I was 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 to advise an organization called Animal Ethics, which studies and raises concern for the suffering of animals in nature.
* How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker
* Nick Bostrom, Eliezer Yudkowsky, Gary Drescher, Paul Almond, David Pearce, Yew-Kwang Ng, Max Tegmark, Oscar Horta, Robert Sapolsky, Joshua Greene, Richard Dawkins, Douglas Adams, Bruce Coville, and many more which this margin is too small to contain.
* Cognitive science, neurochemistry, evolutionary psychology, ethology, entomology
* Future of humanity, artificial intelligence, cooperation, game theory, international relations
* Whether insects are conscious
* Effective philanthropy and career choice for making a difference
* Reading about physics, political theory, or insect population dynamics
* Skyping with friends
* 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 relationship was long-distance, and it was wonderful. Skype does a lot to break down distance barriers.