ZaphodsThirdHead
25 Cambridge, United States
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My self-summary
Hi! I'm a grad student moving along through a PhD I'm mostly loving, making a strong effort to also have outside interests. Running is my drug these days; tan my first marathon this spring and now working on getting faster. Becoming a morning person has been /weird/.

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.
What I’m doing with my life
Getting a PhD in how strange the world is. Running (marathon training at the moment). Reading (lit, essays, journalism; basically, the new yorker). Baking. Building things, mostly electronics these days. Doing the NYTimes crossword.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Got a subscription to the New Yorker recently, and it's changing my life. Or at least breakfast time.

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.

Music: Yes.

Food: Yes.
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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