Otherwise, strong interests in art and philosophy, how other people approach problems/the world, and how I can make a positive impact, both on individual people's lives and (hopefully) more generally.
I'm a huge fan of questioning myself and others and I'm always delighted to find out I was wrong. Probably how I ended up in science -- we're wrong a lot before we're right.
Books in progress: West With the Night by Beryl Merkham & A book about cocaine cartels in the 1970's/80's that my uncle wrote
Finished recently and loved: The Crying of Lot 49, Slaughterhouse-Five, Pnin
In case it's not obvious, I'm in the process of catching up on an undergrad that was bereft of literature. Whee science.
Writers I like: Ta-Nehisi Coates [journalist], Ezra Klein [journalist], Jia Tolentino [journalist], Richard K. Morgan, David Foster Wallace, Patrick Rothfuss, J.K. Rowling, Brandon Sanderson, Oliver Sacks, Neil Gaiman, Nabokov, ...
TV: John Oliver is a genius. I'm pretty happy with Colbert's new show. Seth Meyers is adorable.
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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