ZaphodsThirdHead
26 Cambridge, United States
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My self-summary
> "Hi, I'm Greg, I'm good to pedestrians"
> please make this your OKCupid profile
Done, Walter. Done.
What I’m doing with my life
School is my life, running is my drug. Been on a long distance kick lately, trying to pick my next marathon. [Update: also trying to improve my 5k time -- anyone want to talk about speedwork reigmens?]

Getting a PhD in how strange the world is. Specifically, how strange light is when you separate out the smallest bits possible (photons! They're not just for science fiction anymore!).

Otherwise, strong interests in art and philosophy, general reading (lit, essays, journalism; basically, the new yorker), baking, building things (mostly electronics these days), doing the NYTimes crossword, and then running more.

I'm a huge fan of questioning assumptions (others as well, but particularly my own) and I'm generally delighted to find out I was wrong. Unclear if it's a symptom or a one of the causes of ending up in the sciences.
I’m really good at
Spinning a pen while walking down the street, on the subway, etc.

Not caring if I'm the only one dancing.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read a lot. It's one primary way I unwind, it's how I procrastinate, it's my preferred learning medium (combined with "doing"), it's frequently how I fall asleep at night, etc.

My subscription to the dead-tree version of the New Yorker pleases me to a degree that might not be entirely rational

Books in Progress: Wittgenstein's Poker & Oblivion

Finished recently and loved: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, The Three Body Problem (chinese science fiction with a heavy sociology/cultural focus), The Crying of Lot 49, Slaughterhouse-Five, Pnin

Writers I like enough to try something just because they wrote it: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jia Tolentino, David Foster Wallace, Patrick Rothfuss, Richard K. Morgan, J.K. Rowling, Brandon Sanderson, Oliver Sacks, Neil Gaiman, Vladimir Nabokov, ...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Art, especially literature, how to interact with it, to what degree the observer/consumer of art has to participate in the art (or engage with it), why I care about these questions, why people make such a big deal about /not/ caring about art (or not 'getting' it, or thinking it's a waste, etc)

Feminism, intersectionality, how to make science more inclusive / less shitty of a community.

How ridiculously complicated the world is. Whether we'll ever really get a grasp on it. What the limits to human cognition imply for the future of science.

Okay, also fluffy animals. I have strong opinions about several of these: http://www.buzzfeed.com/keycat/22-impossible-who-wore-it-best-questions-for-an-1thh7#.laVgWA9rL
You should message me if
You want to talk about something you've read recently (or something I've read)

You want to tell me awesome stories

You want to
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