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My self-summary
I like to dive into adventures (big and small) and figure out the details later. This is not so much a function of recklessness, but rather because I've found that rational decision-making is not as effective as we seem to think. I've lived in Germany (that's where I'm from), England, France, New York City, Rhode Island, Scotland, and San Francisco. I like good absurdist theatre and try to make it when I can. Critical reflection is important to me and I usually get along best with people who've been bashed around by life a bit and live to tell the tale. Myself, I've worked in a business consulting firm (meh...), studied method acting, ran a theater company, worked in plenty of bars and restaurants, got a Masters degree in linguistics and a PhD in philosophy. I've helped out at orphanages in Romania and dove off the coast of Eleuthera. I've long come to realize that there may not be that one thing that I'm destined to do and that I may need to create some unique job description for myself like philosopher-scuba-diver-playwright....
What I’m doing with my life
I teach and do research in bioethics at Stanford. But I also dabble in journalism, work on my aerial acrobatic skills, and produce, direct, write and perform theater.
I’m really good at
rhyming; figuring things out: broken toilet flushes, indecipherable handwriting, gadgets without instruction manuals; playing musical instruments mediocrely; running up stairs
The first things people usually notice about me
This may be a toss-up between my brains and my green eyes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, Douglas Adams, Victor Hugo, Herman Melville, Fyodr Dostoyevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Boris Vian, Heinrich Böll, Margret Atwood, PG Wodehouse, Pierre Boullle, Douglas Coupland, Michel Houllebecq, Jorge-Luis Borges, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Charles Mee, Tom Stoppard, Sam Beckett, Friedrich Nietzsche

Movies: 'Once', 'Papillion', 'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels', 'The Saddest Music in the World'

Music: Tom Waits, Gogol Bordello, Georges Brassens, die Toten Hosen, Pixies, Einstürzende Neubauten

Food: Southern French (lots of seafood...), Sicilian, Thai (curries)...
The six things I could never do without
-rewarding relationships
-the written word
-the natural world
-my wits
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Work-wise I spend a lot of time thinking about neuroethics, i.e. ethical implications of interventions in the brain...
In general - where I'd like to travel to next, how to get out of paying parking tickets, whether it's too late to become an astronaut after all, random stuff like the name-letter effect or the introspective illusion, how there could be a canton in Switzerland that didn't give suffrage to women until 1990, whether it makes any sense to learn Esperanto...
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm not sure I have a typical Friday night - sometimes I'm watching a play (sometimes I'm in a play), sometimes I'm having a dinner party, sometimes I'm in New York, sometimes I'm home watching a movie, ideally I'm out at a bar having a wicked conversation with a kick-ass person
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I usually look at the photos first when I check out a new profile...
You should message me if
You have a smart head on your shoulders and aren't afraid to have your beliefs challenged. You'll try (almost) anything once.* You like road trips.

*Exceptions include, but are not limited to, immoral acts, e.g. uxoricide.