I grew up in the very middle of the United States, on the prairie, in the sandhills of Kansas. I wanted to be a paleontologist as a kid, before wanting to learn how the brain worked, before wanting to be a theoretical physicist. When I was nine, I was having panic attacks about a possible Soviet nuclear attack, because the only encyclopedia my family owned was published in 1989, just before the Iron Curtain came down. When I was thirteen, I built a hovercraft out of a vacuum cleaner, and my mom still thinks that’s the most interesting thing about me for some reason. I transferred colleges a few times, eventually landing at the University of Iowa, where I majored in philosophy and minored in ancient civilizations.
In 2014, I moved to Colorado and helped start a local bean-to-bar chocolate shop. I earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Colorado State University in 2018, writing a thesis on the father of American Pragmatism, the philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce. I was interested in his statistical account of the laws of nature.
In 2019, I left the States for Budapest, where I started a PhD in philosophy, but in 2020 I had to come back because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, I live in Pittsburgh, have a great job, and I get to learn whatever I want on my own time, which is awesome.