Why a blog?

I don’t usually think of myself as a writer. As someone who studies science and philosophy, I spend a lot of time analyzing models, conducting research, and reading scientific papers. Nevertheless, some of my fellow students have recommended that I begin a blog, as a means of connecting with others and sharing information about my life & research.

The purpose of this blog is twofold. First, I wish to share my insight on specific issues relating to biology, medicine, environmentalism, and society—and this is difficult to do through other social media channels, due to constraints like character limits. Secondly, I want to share a bit about my personal story; this will include my experience as a homeschooled student, as well as how a cascade of seemingly chance events brought me to where I am now.

That being said, there will most likely be two types of posts on this blog. The first type will be informative and research-oriented. These posts may interest those who work on particular scientific or social issues, or those who want to know more about how science and society influence each other. The second type will be personal. I’ll document my academic journey, as well as revisit experiences from my childhood and undergraduate education. The first type of post, I write for purpose of public education; the second, I write for myself. I imagine that these two genres may occasionally intersect, and that visitors to this blog will likely read everything that I write, without qualification. (Of course, they are more than welcome to do so!)

This blog comes with a couple of disclaimers. The first is that my opinions, while grounded in fact, are entirely my own. That is to say, while I’m almost certainly an iconoclast, no one’s paying me to write this stuff. Secondly, you can use the “Contact” page to reach out to me, or to connect with me on social media. However, this comes with a caveat: I’m unwilling to respond to hate mail, and non-substantive or inappropriate messages will be ignored. I don’t anticipate this becoming a major issue, but it’s something that needs to be said.

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