This blog is intended to be therapeutic. For me, not necessarily for my readers.
I write fiction and non-fiction on a variety of subjects.
I am an evolutionary biologist and philosopher of science and my primary area of research is the evolution of venom in reptiles and, more broadly, the evolution of “exochemistry”.
Here’s a snake:
Here’s a spider (I work on them too):
Here’s why “if it’s flooded, forget it”:
…that’s the Adelaide River Floodplain in Australia’s Northern Territory doing what it does and bogan Top Enders (that’s Aussie vernacular) doing what they do.
Here’s my ResearchGate profile with a list of my peer-reviewed publications: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Timothy_Jackson3
On this blog I’ll be posting whatever I feel like posting. Any views I might appear to be expressing are solely my own and not those of any institution with which I may be affiliated. If it ends up reflecting my personality and interests it may become a little schizoid. In between articles on scientific topics, I’ll sandwich pieces of short fiction and excerpts from longer fictional works. I may write “interpretive” pieces dissecting peer-reviewed articles (including my own). Although these days I’m working as an evolutionary biologist, my first degree was in music so it’s likely that there will be some music-themed posts. I’m also passionate about art and the creative process in general, so I may publish some thoughts on that.
The painting that currently adorns my header was done by my beautiful and talented wife Genevieve:
We have a daughter, a very hairy daughter (she’s an Australian Shepherd). Our daughter’s name is Keneally – she’s named after one of my favourite musicians. She can’t play guitar as well as her namesake, but she’s prettier:
I play guitar (slightly) better than she can, too. Sometimes I jam with my father, the infamous Nicholas Geoffrey Jackson (http://www.fluent-communications.com/Fluent/Fluent%20HomePage.html):
Sometimes we drink (“one scotch, one bourbon and one beer”) and pretend we’re John Lee Hooker and Alan Wilson:
Sometimes we take ourselves more seriously and try to play some modal jazz (whatever that is):
The title of my blog I stole from Friedrich Nietzsche. Well, actually it refers to a concept I often think about and intend to explore in some of my works of philosophical fiction, but Nietzsche scooped me by publishing the phrase first (I knew I shouldn’t have waited – publish or perish!!). Nietzsche said a lot of wise stuff, but he also said a lot of stupid stuff (who doesn’t?) so don’t go thinking I’m some sort of Nietzschephile.
That’s all for now.