I prefer an open mind to a coinciding one. "Some of my beliefs will be mistaken" is the sole belief I hold with certitude. I avoid undue praise for principles in abstraction, for fear I might neglect those principles in action. I am a software engineer who also studied philosophy (dual bachelor's degrees). These days I tend to think lots about religion, the ethics of food, politics and human sexuality. I'm interested in social justice, feminism, and language. I wonder about the interplay between emotions and reason. I'm a student of pragmatism. I enjoy exploring what counts as truth or knowledge. I coach chess, develop web applications. My interests are mental health and science advocacy. I'm an apostate Ex-Bahá'í. I was born on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the second of three sons to traditional Iranian parents. I love animals, and I love sustainability. I'm a happy vegan.
It depends on who you ask. I was trained as a biochemist, but all the biochemists thought I was a molecular biologist. I had a lab studying developmental biology (sex determination in small, free-living nematodes), but my colleagues thought I was a geneticist. Americans think I'm Canadian, and Canadians think I'm American. I really, really like looking at--and thinking about--biological sequences. The longest running genetic cross was started after I became a husband, and led to a new role: father. We are still scoring the F1 phenotypes.