Meet the faces behind the writing as we try to answer a question that, on a deeper level, is actually quite philosophical. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shimon de Valencia
History, Culture, Politics, Spirituality
"The struggle has always been inner, and is played out in outer terrains. Awareness of our situation must come before inner changes, which in turn come before changes in society. Nothing happens in the "real" world unless it first happens in the images in our heads."
Shimon de Valencia is a cultural historian, who has specialised in Mexican-American and Southwestern history. Interested in how identity and culture interact, he is an ardent student of Gloria Anzaldúa. Drawing from a varied life, having been a Buddhist Monk, High School Teacher, Radio Journalist, Naval Seaman, Queer and Latinx Scholar, Shaman, Druid, and a PhD Researcher; he not only embraces the idea of diversity, but chooses to walk that path. Currently living in Scotland as he completes his PhD, he is fascinated by the cultural, political and spiritual challenges of the ‘interesting’ times we find ourselves in.
We all live in omnitopian realities. We flow from place to place, experiencing them as one vast, rich inner life. But whereas classic omnitopianism is defined by our interacting with the ‘other’ as merely being a series of objects to be observed, I see Omnitopian Thoughts as being a Paradigm Shift. Rather than locking the encounter in the cocoon of our minds, I embrace the cocoon as process. Awaiting the day, that we emerge to a psychedelic omnitopian reality. One that embraces the other, as lover, as child, as friend.
Psychology, Science, Circus Freakism
I’m psychology student and circus performer with strong opinions about empiricism, consent and communication. I’m currently in the midst of an honours project in visual perception; ask me anything about the stream/bounce illusion, I’ve got the answer.
I’m a fan of using psychological understanding to explain why humans do the things we do and make the decisions we make. I’m particularly interested in cognitive biases and the myriad ideas, norms and taboos around human sexuality. My overarching passion is for the scientific method as a way to seek the truth, and the effective communication and use of that truth to better our societies and our world.
And no, I don’t have a leather couch.
Molecular Biology, Environmental Science, Politics
I have been interested in the life sciences and active in politics for many years. I completed a Bachelors Degree with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland in Environmental Science and will be doing a Masters degree focused in molecular biology at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
I am excited to be engaging in science communication and updating you on the latest in life sciences. I'll also be taking you through how science interacts with the political process, combining all of my interests.
Khalid Muhieddine (Editor)
Physics, Science, Science Communication
Hey, I'm Khalid!
I've had a long affair with the study of physics, in particular semiconductor and solid state physics. This culminated in my finishing a PhD in the field of organic electronics at the University of Queensland and becoming a postdoc researcher in Belgium!
My affair with physics has been long, but my real relationship is with science communication. I've always been fascinated with how we process and present information in the science world, and how that information is then processed as we try to communicate it! My scope will likely be this arena, along with any cool physics (or related) findings I come across. Enjoy the posts, folks!