36Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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My self-summary

Taking a break from meeting new people for a while.

Moved to Edinburgh in 2014 to start a new job. Looking to expand my social circle and meet like-minded people. Not necessarily looking to connect with people romantically. Particularly, keen to meet people to explore Scotland with; either on foot or by bike.

I am open-minded, liberal (with a small L), pluralist (in several senses of the word) and pragmatic.

Originally Northern Irish (though my accent has sadly completely vanished), spent 13 years studying/researching in Cambridge prior to moving to Edinburgh. Interested in nature, wildlife, the world. I enjoy hiking and camping. I really love SCUBA diving in the UK and abroad. Slightly geeky.

Interested in ethical non-monogamy (polyamory), but that isn't a requirement for others. I don't do jealousy and like to keep relationships simple.

I seem to have a text-book INTP personality. This LINK describes my strengths and weaknesses disturbingly well. So much for being a unique snowflake...
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a biologist. I did a PhD on developmental neurobiology, but now focus mainly on computational-biology and genomics.
I’m really good at
Understanding how things work, whether natural or man-made.
Identifying weird and wonderful plants and animals.
All things computery.
Remaining calm in stressful situations.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Food: Mexican, good sushi, pan Asian & Indian.

I actually like pretty much all food (unless it contains blue cheese), though I tend to prefer things that are tasty and nutritious, with plenty of fruit and veg.
Six things I could never do without
Access to information - a computer or smart phone.
Access to the natural world - either underwater or on land.
Coffee - I've become a recent convert since work bought a fancy new machine
The sea
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The future of the planet and humanity.

Why so few people are thinking about the size of the human population and it's current rapid growth. And why it seems to be such a taboo to discuss it.
I want a high quality of life for everyone on this planet; free education and healthcare for all. Restricting population growth with help achieve this, while guaranteeing the future survival of humanity.

How organisms develop from a single cell.
On a typical Friday night I am
Generally in the pub or grabbing a meal with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My teddybear has appeared in a porn magazine.
You should message me if
You're an awesome & interesting person, and you think we will enrich each others lives. I'm particularly interested in meeting people that genuinely feel compersion.

You fancy meeting up for a chat and a drink one evening. Or you want to go hiking with me in the hills.

I'm interested in meeting people of all (adult) ages, ethnicities, nationalities.

I don't really want to restrict who messages me, but given my inbox is dominated by messages from people with diametrically opposed views to mine own, I thought I would add a "You shouldn't message me if section"...

If your match percentage is less than 75%. Unless you haven't answered enough questions, in which case, answer a few more questions!

I prefer people who have evidence based views, rather than relying on blind faith.

If you hold black and white views. The world is nuanced, and you need to be able to see both sides. If you tend to think of people as only being allies or enemies then we probably won't get on. The vast majority of people in this world are nice, at least on an individual basis; choosing to demonising them because their view differ from your own is unlikely to lead to positive changes in the world.
The two of us