I'm currently studying towards my Masters in Physics at Swansea University. Despite Swansea's relative size and obscurity the Physics department hits well above its weight. With one of the best QCD (Quantum Chromodynamics) Lattice groups in Europe, as well as one of the leading scientists at CERN's ALPHA project, it provides a quality but relaxed environment.
I've always loved science. It's not always been physics but science has always been something that I have been amazed by. Dinosaurs were my first love as a child, and space followed a few years later. While I may have been enamoured by history, I was always drawn back to the scientific method, and its continual, incremental climb towards a more accurate description of the Universe, and all constituents within.
It wasn't until my GCSE's when I gained an amazing physics teacher that I was really drawn in to understanding the world around me as a physicist. This was extended through to my A Levels where, ignoring a foolish side track into Medicine, I became more and more impassioned with physics. I know hope to go study Physics for at least the next five years, with aspirations to complete a PhD in the United States. I hope to pursue research in Cosmology, but so many areas of physics spark my interest. I've actually already expressed my scientific knowledge on the site before, when I helped Jo Harrington write her article on the Little Ice Age.
The obsessive fascination with physics, and science as a whole, lead to the mixing up of my 'religious' beliefs. I have been an atheist as long as I can remember, I do remember thinking there may be a higher being, but I never actually committed to the idea. I found the whole escapade a little foolish and silly. I was unaware people actually followed the Bible until I was nearly ten. I was raised in a 'culturally Christian, practically atheist' household so was unaware of how else it could be done.
The change was focused more around how I represented or justified said beliefs. I was an apatheist beforehand, not believing in any higher beings because it was the default view and I didn't care about it, but becoming aware of the discrimination, and attacks on science made me switch up to a more antitheistic stance. I became riled up about the indoctrination of children, the repression of knowledge (Creationism trying to assert itself), the subjugation of women, homosexuals and anyone outside the privileged groups. Over my years I have become significantly more antagonistic. Taking stances attacking the very concept of faith, the illegitimacy of asking 'Can you be good with G-d', and taking shots at blasphemy and implicit respect.
I hold the stance 'I'm not a nasty person, I just try to be correct, and that seems to offend people'. My style of presentation is often very brash, objective and to the point, with little care for offence caused. This has won me great admiration, as well as much hate and scorn. In my day to day life I just try to be a nice person, and those around me would rarely say otherwise.