With a bachelors degree in 'navel gazing and soapboxing' it may come as no surprise that I like to talk about things. However, I often find that the best way for me to organise my thinking is to write it out. I find this helps me to better understand myself and hopefully identify the gaps in my thinking. This site is my attempt at a blog where I can write about what interests me. Rather than keeping it private I've made it a public site in an effort to encourage myself to not simply write for writings sake, but to write with the knowledge that someone randomly stalking the depths of Google might actually end up reading it. Hopefully this will inspire a higher level of critical evaluation of my own work.
If you've read this far, you might wonder who I actually am. I'm a nerd. With equal passion, I love science, philosophy, speculative fiction, popular culture and gaming. On this site, among my more academic oriented musings, you will find a random assortment of pop-culture and gaming related ramblings.
My nerdishness has meant I've always been a lover of science and philosophy, but it wasn't until I begun to study both at a university level that I realised how passionate I truly am. In 2017 I completed a Bachelor of Science with a (flamboyantly named) double major in 'Cognitive Neuroscience & Health Psychology' and 'Philosophy.' As of 2018 I am working toward my Master of Philosophy exploring 'conceptual frameworks, incommensurability and the replication crisis in psychology.'
My primary academic desire is to investigate anomalistic psychology; I'm no longer a believer in the supernatural, but I'm intrigued by those that are. I know far too many interesting people who believe in esoteric phenomena to simply dismiss them as liars or mentally ill. While I definitely think that is the case for some, I feel that's too lazy an explanation for all believers. I also find it an insufficient explanation as to why some of these ideas have survived across cultures throughout human history. I anticipate working in such a niche field as anomalistic psychology creates a lot of pressure for researchers to be more definitive in their findings than the research necessarily supports. However, I see a lot of the concerns around research standards that are being addressed in broader science slipping through the cracks in anomalistic psychology.
In particular, the 'replication crisis' is often used to summarise the ongoing issues facing a lot of science, wherein the results of published research are not always replicable by different researchers. Inspired by the work of thinkers such as John P. A. Ioannidis, Daniel Kahneman and Gabriel Abend, I am currently exploring the sufficient characteristics of 'science,' as well as ways in which to address the 'replication crisis.' The goal is to become a better all-round researcher so that if I ever have the opportunity to engage in anomalistic psychology research, my work will be as robust as possible.