I like studying controversial things like behavioral genetics, differential psychology and psychological sociology. Applied optimal foraging theory, my friend tells me.
I work (for money) in medical genetics/bioinformatics as a data scientist/generalist IT person. And my degree is in linguistics. I also dropped out of a philosophy degree once.
Personality wise, I'm not easily offended and like politically incorrect humor. I am drug-friendly with a fondness for psychedelics and MDMA, and plain old alcohol.
Politically, I value personal freedoms (such as legalized drugs and sex work) and favor a relatively but not entirely free market. Political labels are generally thought to be fairly inaccurate (there are few studies though), but some that apply fairly well to me are: transhumanist, grey tribe, classical liberal. I like open, multiparty democratic systems that have strong civil liberties (free speech, freedom of association, marry who you want etc.).
On the other hand, some things I dislike: egalitarianism, social justice warring, third wave feminism, strong libertarianism (think praxeology), irrationality (religion, superstition). In general people who stray from the sacred path of evidence! :)
Just moved to NJ! :)
Networking and building open science infrastructure. We started an open science publisher which now has three journals. We are trying to get the old academics to see the error of their ways. :)
If possible, I'd like to contribute to important technology related human welfare projects. I don't mean typical do-gooder stuff or even effective altruism, I mean developing things like genome editing, embryo selection and better predictive models for genetic diseases/traits. The history of e.g. educational interventions (e.g. Headstart) tells us that these don't work very well. There are some interventions that work well, like vaccines, but we already picked most of the low-hanging fruits using that technology. So what remains? Behavioral genetics tells us that everything is heritable. So, basically we just need to work out how to predict the diseases/traits from the genome and then start fixing the genome, either by direct editing (á la CRISPR) or indirect (embryo selection). I'd like to avoid Idiocracy.
Of course, the primary interest is making people smarter because this is the human trait above all others (we even named the species after it). Producing smarter humans also solves other problems because smarter people are better at solving problems. It's a positive feedback loop that I can't wait to see get started. :)
While waiting for some of the other stuff, I spend a lot of time producing research to convince people that intelligence matters.
I'm pretty good with R (programming language).
I'd like to think I'm good with science.
Life is a poorly standardized intelligence test, so whatever smart people tend to be good at (= has a strong g loading), I'm probably also good at.
I'm a pretty fast writer. I read quickly, but I definitely do more skimming now a days. A much more efficient way to extract the desired information from written text.
I used to play the drums. I'm probably still fairly good at that compared to most people. When I get more space, I will buy one of the nice electronic drum kits. Maybe not as nice as the Roland TD-30KV, but in that direction!
I'm pretty good with keeping my head cool in stressful situations.
Books: Goodreads. I read almost exclusively non-fiction (about 95%). In the last few years, I've mostly been reading textbooks on statistics, programming as well as science books of various kinds. I prefer to read a wide variety of things. Of blogs I read things like Slate Star Codex (Scott Alexander), Putanumberonit, JayMan, Psychological Comments (Thompson), Information Processing (Hsu), Statistical Modeling (Gelman).
Movies: IMDb rating history. I want to cluster analyze IMDB user ratings, so if you want to help me to do by scraping the profiles, get in contact. :)
Music: Lastfm profile. I mostly listen to instrumental, fairly monotonic, electronic music. Music with intelligible lyrics interferes with my thinking. The beats per minute keeps the work tempo up/flow going. So it should improve work performance but apparently no one has actually studied this question properly, so we don't know!
Hunger is a kind of recurrent disease that should be dealt with in effective ways: cheaply and quickly. That aside, sometimes I appreciate a good meal. Mostly I just eat whatever with appropriate limits on the kilojoule count. If you must know, then I am particularly fond of: feta (any variant but those made from goat/sheep cheese are better), lasagne, koldskål.
I recently started studying stereotypes, primarily with the intent of seeing how (in)accurate they are and what explains why one person's stereotypes are accurate, while another person's are not. In general, we found that they tend to be fairly accurate, especially when aggregated. However, individual variation in accuracy is not very predictable. Not even using political opinions data. People's own estimates of their accuracy had no relationship at all to accuracy. Intelligence was the strongest and most reliable predictor of those we have examined so far, but the correlation was only about .20 (correct for measurement error and it would be perhaps .30).
How to most effectively visualize statistical concepts to increase understanding (mine and others'). My series is here. Looking to make more of these if I can get some inspiration. :)
How to automatically gather information about large numbers of internet people, i.e. web scraping for great
Which fraction of cognitive ability and socioeconomic outcomes between racial/ethnic groups (e.g. Europeans vs. Amerindians) is due to what factors: genetic, climatological, educational, nutritional, or other. This is actually a fairly difficult question, but mostly so because the relevant data are very hard to come by and the opposition to studying such things (harassment, censorship, lack of funding).
How to predict and model outcomes for immigrants in host countries. The general finding is that if one uses simple models based persons' country of origin, then it explains most of the variation between immigrant groups in a country like Denmark. We did a bunch of studies like this and they all found more or less the same results, no matter the outcome variable (income, crime, educational attainment, unemployment, PISA scores etc.)
Once in a blue moon, I study linguistics (which is what my degree is in), but only if it has to do with quantitative stuff (e.g. statistical typology) or spelling systems. My bachelor thesis was about the Danish spelling system and my proposed reform to this. So if you're looking for an expert on spelling systems, I'm your go-to guy... ;)
If you have a cool idea for a science project, get in touch! I'm looking to team up with more cool people.
I have psoriasis. What is that? Basically an partly heritable, partly random skin disorder that makes your skin red and itchy. Not-contagious. Thanks mom!
I'm infamous enough that someone has made a fake-OKCupid user in my name.
I prefer sexually submissive partners.
Compatibility really is mostly a question of similarity on important issues. Which means that if you are a creationist, astrology believer, anti-rationalist or indifferent to knowledge, gender/third wave/neo-feminist, or just someone that likes fluffy thinking in general (continental philosophy, social constructivism, psychoanalysis, ...), then it will almost certainly not work. Basically, you should like science and dislike pseudo-science, religious crap and political ideology. :)
Or if you just want to talk about science or do science or other projects with me, that's cool too! Always looking for more interesting people! Male or female, it doesn't matter. Real science has no gender.
I prefer girls/women that look feminine and with a classical look, so if you have green or purple, short hair, you are not my type.
PS. No, I'm not related to Søren Kierkegaard. Furthermore, I don't like his philosophy ('neurotic Christian existentialism').