About-old

How do you describe yourself?

We usually start with a label—like the name your parents assigned you at birth. I’m Eric, nice to meet you.

But then what? Work and family status, race, gender, maybe some interests and hobbies.

But each one of us is all of these things and much more.

I’m a traveler. I’ve lived in the US, the Netherlands, Japan, and now Spain. I’ve traveled through over 35 countries on six continents (for a map, click here). I’ve been through 48 of the 50 US states (Hawaii and New Mexico pending).

I’m an editor, writer, and manager at Typeform’s online magazine—A little more human.

I’m an educator/teacher. I’ve taught English to children and adults around the world for over 15 years. I’ve taught university courses on decision making, reasoning, problem solving, and mathematical cognition.

I’m a cognitive scientist. After living in Barcelona some years, I needed a new challenge. I have published research how people make decisions, think with numbers, and solve problems.

I’m a happy dad of two boys. While finishing my Masters, I decided I needed an even bigger challenge. So I started a family.

I was born in a small town

April 4, 1980

I was born in a small town

Born and raised in the middle of the fields and forests, in the middle of Indiana, in the middle of America. Family values, road trips, small town mischief. What else is out there?

Hallo Maastricht: the world just got bigger

January 8, 2001

Hallo Maastricht: the world just got bigger

A study abroad program sent me to Maastricht, in the Netherlands. A new continent was at my doorstep. Students from all over the world brought their languages, food, drinks, and music. New people, new interactions, new cultures. I liked it. Where to next?  

Konnichiwa Japan. こんにちは 日本.

February 3, 2002

Konnichiwa Japan. こんにちは 日本.

Our plane unexpectedly went down in Alaska, giving me 24 hours to reflect on life’s uncertainty before finally arriving in Japan. A year in Tokyo, a year in Nagasaki. Exploring Asia, sitting in Zen temples, dancing till the sun came up. So many ways to spend time.

All aboard the Trans-Siberian Express

June 30, 2004

All aboard the Trans-Siberian Express

It was time to leave Japan, heading west. Took a boat to China, rode horses through Mongolia, took a freezing cold dip in Siberia’s Lake Baikal. Trans-Siberian Railway across Russia, hello Scandinavia, thank you Italy. Then I shaved my 3-month-old traveler’s beard, and met my future wife in Barcelona.

New life begins in Barcelona

January 1, 2007

New life begins in Barcelona

My future wife became my actual wife. We backpacked, then backtracked to the same Barcelona flat where we first met each other. Then everything changed.

I’m a dad of two boys

February 22, 2010

I’m a dad of two boys

All of a sudden, the most important thing in my life—that didn’t exist before—just appeared. How the hell do I do this? Now I’m a proud papa of two boys, trying to figure out how to do the most important job I’ve got.

I poked at the mind

June 30, 2015

I poked at the mind

I went into a program on Cognitive Science and Language, curious about how the mind works. I finished with a p(H|D) in cognitive psychology. And I still have no idea how the mind works.

Goodbye academia. Hello startup.

January 4, 2016

Goodbye academia. Hello startup.

I joined a then-small Barcelona startup to help launch their original blog. I had little experience in marketing, and no experience as a writer at a tech company. But I loved to write, knew I wanted to work there, and worked my ass off to get hired. We’ve grown lots, I’ve learned lots, and I still have lots of questions.

I started Looking out Loud

January 1, 2020

I started Looking out Loud

What am I doing with my life? Why am I even here? When I think at Dadspace, I see my myself as dad, a husband, a friend, a coworker, a normal guy trying figure out daily life. When I think at Mindspace, I see myself as a brain and body coevolving with my environment since birth, part of the unfolding story of Homo sapiens, who’s end has yet to be written.

Next adventure: a year in another country

July 1, 2021

The 2020 pandemic jiggled the world. It reminded us of how much is outside our control, and how much we should take advantage of the things we can control. And it prompted us to move our entire family from cosmopolitan Barcelona, Spain, to rural Indiana, USA. Why? That will unfold as the days go by.