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  • 6 references 5 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Italian, Spanish
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2014
  • Ph.D. Candidate in Evolutionary Biology and Philosophy of...
  • Universidad de Valencia (Ph.D.), University College Londo...
  • From Grand Rapids, MI, USA
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About Me

I am currently getting my doctorate in Valencia, Espana. As I am a theoretical biologist and not a bench/experimental scientist, most of my work is done online, allowing me to travel and work at the same time. My thesis is on the causality of natural selection and evolutionary progress (do species progress in any way?).

I moved out of the US when Trump got elected and haven't moved back since (I do, of course, go back to visit my family for Christmas). I have lived in India, London, and now Spain and traveling has become an integral part of my life.

Back home in frigid cold Michigan, I was an avid sports player, with my main sport being Lacrosse. In college, I also served on the executive board for the neuroscience club, started my own website business (collegeposty.com), spent countless hours hungover (I do not express as much of the enzyme alcohol-dehydrogenase relative to my peers)--but most importantly I grew a profound appreciation for intellectualism in the form of science.

Science is more than a body of knowledge to me; it is my way of thinking, my philosophy, and my religion.

My family is quite odd. My mother is a professional yoga teacher hippie from a scholarly family, while my father is a conservative entrepreneur from the boonies. Dinner conversations are interesting.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I love understanding the point of view of others, especially those dissimilar to me.

Interests

Understanding human nature — quelling existential curiosity (which inevitably incites more curiosity) — is what I strive for. I write shitty poetry, read contrarian novels, and always, always question everything (other than my philosophy on questioning).

  • poetry
  • beauty
  • yoga
  • clubbing
  • politics
  • lacrosse
  • business
  • teaching
  • entrepreneurship
  • neuroscience
  • religion
  • science

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: Blink-182, The Beatles, Van Morrison, The Script, Bloc Party, Jon Bellion, Angels and Airwaves, CCR, DMB, really anything except screamo.

Movies: Good Night, and Good Luck; Dead Poet's Society; Dumb and Dumber, Anything with Will Ferrell

Books: Carl Sagan's Demon Haunted World, A People's History of the United States, The Selfish Gene, Magic of Reality, Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Anything and everything by Christopher Hitchens.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Live life without a single regret (the real answer is improper to put on the interweb, maybe I will tell you if you ask)

Teach, Learn, Share

Well, I cannot teach much, specialization of function has rendered me binary. Any question on human nature I can answer to the best of my knowledge; examples include: why the status quo of sexual attraction is such, or put differently, why men are attracted by beauty and women by money, why we die (to anthropomorphize: our genes actually want us to die!), the power of the brain to adapt to different situations, meaning we can literally do anything we choose (neuroplasticity), etc.

What I Can Share with Hosts

A positive demeanor, intellectual debates on politics and religion, potent potables, laughter, and curiosity.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Western Sahara

Countries I’ve Lived In

India, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

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