Mind Mover: Pecier



Pecier – pronounced “pee-shur” – got his name from the middle syllables of his parents’ last names, Carpena and Decierdo. He was born and raised in the island of sugar, Negros.
Pecier studied high school at Philippine Science High School and got his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in theoretical physics. He considers the physicist Richard Feynman his all time hero.
Before working for The Mind Museum, Pecier was a high school teacher at Berea Arts and Sciences High School, where he taught physics, chemistry, geometry, drafting, and environmental science. It was during a lesson on ecological footprint that he was convinced to stop eating meat and to adopt a vegetarian diet. After three months of trying to be a vegetarian, he gave up and became a pescatarian (one who veggies and seafood only). He aims to be a vegetarian again, some day.
Pecier enjoys reading books on popular science, philosophy, science fiction, and fantasy. His favorite authors are Carl Sagan, Friedrich Nietzsche, Franz Kafka, Vladimir Nabokov, Douglas Adams, Ursula K. Le Guin, Terry Pratchett, and Philip Pullman.
Pecier is one of the millions of lurkers in the website Reddit. His favorite sports are volleyball, swimming, track, and chess; he was a chess athlete in elementary and joined swimming and track competitions in high school. He loves the music of Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, and Modest Mouse. He has viewed all of the following films at least five times: Mary and MaxTokyo GodfathersV for VendettaThe Princess Bride, and Before Sunset. He has also viewed all episodes of the science fiction series Firefly and the comedy series Community at least five times.
Pecier’s other pastimes include strumming a few chords on the guitar or playing some tunes with his chromatic harmonica. He also enjoys playing strategy games like Sid Meier’s Civilization. (The scientific victory is his favorite victory.) From time to time, he also takes pleasure in scaling mountains, strolling in the park, picking up and collecting rocks, and gazing at the stars. In fact, if you want a free tutorial on stargazing, feel free to look for him when you visit The Mind Museum one of these days.

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