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.
Not caring if I'm the only one dancing.
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: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers and West With the Night by Beryl Merkham
Finished recently and loved: 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, ...
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
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