A short bio.
What ‘I am’ and you are, is an ineffable mystery. I think ‘Who we really are’ is the question at the heart of contemplative science. And certainly I’m not a collection of memories, or a career!
But with that said… I’m a postdoc at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, working with the intelligent and wonderful Prof. Heleen Slagter. I’m an honorary fellow at The University of Queensland (my hometown), an academic advisor to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, a lecturer at The University of Amsterdam, a volunteer at Ecstatic Dance Amsterdam, and a surfer and a rock climber whenever I’m on home turf (rarely these days). I play the didgeridoo not that well.
Some other random facts: In 2012 I had my last professional Muay Thai kickboxing fight against a two-time world champ on national TV in Hong Kong. I lost, but I’m told it was a good show (photo below). During my undergraduate studies I ran a DJing and entertainment business to pay the bills. We eventually hosted a music festival in Brisbane City. During my PhD, along with my officemate, we started the first business in Australia where you could buy cryptocurrencies directly online. I wish I invested.