Holly Warland is a wannabe science rockstar. She’s of the mistaken and narcissistic Gen Y head-space that people want to hear about her opinions regarding religion, psychology, skepticism, feminism, literature, science, media, culture, biology and neuroscience.
She’s a psychology graduate currently completing her Psychology Honours degree and has written for various blogs, The Australian Atheist Foundation and The Age newspaper and has her own semi-successful YouTube channel. She collects books faster than she can read them, suffers from Vitamin D deficiency due to being indoors all the time, wishes I could time travel to meet Carl Sagan, and smells of rich mahogany.
She has terrible taste in pop culture and often receives abuse from her hipster friends for liking terribly manufactured pop music (Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Example, Rihanna, etc), stupid movies (Step Brothers, Napoleon Dynamite) and occasionally, atrocious books (Dan Brown, Matthew Reilly). But this cognitive dissonance she experiences regarding her intelligence and taste in entertainment is resolved by also enjoying documentaries, science podcasts, and COUNTLESS non fiction books covering neuroscience, sexuality, evolution, biology and religion. Books that have given Holly mini epiphanies include: The Tell Tale Brain by V. S. Ramachandran, Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. They rocked her fragile little brain.
What grinds Holly’s gears? Anti vaccination campaigners would be top of the list. The blatant disregard for scientific evidence is infuriating and their message results in the deaths of innocent babies and children. Also, unnecessary discrimination is another rage inducing topic for her. Homophobia, sexism, racism, and ableism should become extinct as soon as possible, especially now that it’s the 21st Century.
Holly’s role models include Christopher Hitchens, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Sam Harris, Leslie Cannold, Stephen Fry, Caitlin Moran, Carl Sagan, Alice Roberts, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and Ricky Gervais.
Finally, 5 quick facts about Holly:
- She collects blasphemous, nerdy, science and pop culture t-shirts – last count is 16.
- She knows her 3 degrees of separation from President Obama.
- She votes for the Australian Sex Party.
- She’s addicted to chapstick and carries it everywhere.
- She has a bookcase full of books on criminology, forensics, and serial killers – but she’s not weird.