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About Me   Jan 9, 2009

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What color is this spectrum?
C. elegans Interactive Cell Lineage
C. elegans Interactive Neural Network
Countdown Timer with Markers
Bacterial Chemotaxis Interactive Simulator
Exon-Intron Graphic Maker
Attack of the Microscopic Vacuum Cleaners

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An Argument for the Existence of the Soul
Survival School
I Know You
Stool Sampler
Arrogant Atheists vs. Everyone Else
How I came to believe in God

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First Pics with Canon SD700
Jul 9, 2007, 4:02p - 26 photos

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Hearst Castle & Morro Bay
Jun 18, 2007, 8:25p - 15 photos

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Washington DC
May 10, 2007, 12:09p - 35 photos

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Philadelphia & Longwood Gardens
May 8, 2007, 11:54a - 16 photos

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Manhattan with the 'Rents
May 6, 2007, 11:45a - 8 photos

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Amit & Bianka's Wedding on Long Island
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What the LendingClub IPO reveals about its business
Dec 4, 2014, 3:01p - Investing
LendingClub is planning an IPO soon, probably on or after December 10, 2014. In this post, I will discuss why I think the standard view of LendingClub as a peer-to-peer (P2P) finance service will become outdated. Specifically, I will show that a larger portion of LendingClub's loans are being funded not by other individuals but by institutional investors, such as ... more »

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Dec 1, 2014, 10:26a - Life
There are certain assumptions one tends to make in life. The assumption that you will someday have kids. Or the assumption that you won't have kids (right now, or ever). The assumption that you'll find a job. The assumption that you will die before your children do. The assumption that you'll find someone to share some (or the rest) of ... more »

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Nov 8, 2014, 6:16p - Poetry
I cry in the shower

Am I crying?

I pee in the sea

Am I peeing?

I cum in the milk

Am I cumming?

These are the liquids
of my life.
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Nov 6, 2014, 6:11p - Poetry
What does it feel like
to be struck by
The feeling, the moment,
the time.

What does it feel like
to be struck by lightning
Do your dreams become
more electric

What does it feel like to
be struck by lightning

Does the pain ever end?

Can you go back to
feeling normal again?
Can your synapses forget
to ... more »

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Free will
May 16, 2014, 11:23p - Consciousness
As a conscious human, I feel as if I'm in control of my actions. When I'm considering what to drink with dinner and get a beer, that action is preceded by the conscious feeling of having made a choice. This contrasts with situations where actions are taken without any feeling of choosing: when I do something when I'm drunk, or ... more »

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Getting books as PDFs
Feb 14, 2014, 6:19a - Technology
Ever since I started in grad school, my reading consumption has changed significantly. Before, I would read physical books, usually non-fiction. In the past 7 years eBooks have grown in popularity, but I never really got into them. In fact, I've never bought a single eBook. I really like highlighting and leaving comments in the margins of my books, esp. ... more »

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Medicine as Evolutionary Expansion
Jan 23, 2014, 12:46p - Science
We've all heard about "survival of the fittest." This saying explains why certain species thrive and others go extinct, and it captures the core of Darwin's idea of evolution by natural selection. People also use it colloquially to explain why certain individuals are successful and rich and others are weak and poor - some people are more "fit" than others. ... more »

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Jan 14, 2014, 1:31p - Fiction
In the end, the sun burns out.


It's 2012. But humans have roamed this planet for 200,000 years, so I suppose it's actually something closer to 202,012. If you estimate 20 years per generation, humans have persisted for 10,101 generations. In the days of our great10,098-grandparents, there were no farms, no roads, and no cities. They had ... more »

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A time for feeling
Nov 12, 2013, 11:37p - Fiction
After the first year, sadness hit. It stayed, an unshakeable tug down. Not that he wanted to shake it. It was novel and curiosity encouraged exploration. He hung to the secret hope that now was the starvation that meaned the food.

After the second year, dimness enveloped. Darker and hazier the world became. They still went to the same parties, ... more »

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Consciousness as the only true emergence
Aug 9, 2013, 9:41a - Consciousness
As a neuroscientist obsessed with consciousness, I've spent the past 6 years in grad school grappling with what my philosophical point-of-view should be on the topic. I just read a new favorite, William Seager's Natural Fabrications (2012), and it has motivated me to write my current thoughts on a whole host of philosophical topics related to consciousness.

Since "consciousness" means ... more »

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