About BeneathTheNoise

The (one non-redundant) definition of poetry according to dictionary.com: “the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts”

My favorite definition of science according to dictionary.com:

systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation”


I believe both science and poetry to be rhythmical and systematic, and certainly rigorous as well as imperfect, addressing challenging paradigms and drowning out the noise that doesn’t relate.  Thus, I created this blog to share my understanding of the world which is guided in part by these principles, using the written word as a medium and both poetry and scientific understanding as a paradigm.  And also to share certain events in my life, on a similar note.

Please, enjoy, and any feedback is appreciated!

About me

My name is Kris Barnes, I’m a neuroscience PhD student at Weill Cornell University in Manhattan.  Currently I am studying how the early nervous system develops, and in my free time I like to read about science, history and modern affairs as well as workout/climb/do acro yoga.

My intellectual interests (which I’ll probably be compelled to write about in this blog):

  1. neuroscience (cognitive, evolutionary, systems and cellular)
  2. developmental biology
  3. aging physiology and preventative medicine
  4. human genetics and personalized medicine
  5. organizational theory and economics
  6. Evolutionary psycho-history and motivating factors for both groups and individuals.

I’m training in my spare time to go into management consulting after my PhD; the evolving intellectual nature of business thought and its juxtaposition to the life sciences business is perhaps one of the most intriguing things to me as it is where #5 and #6 really meet #1-4 and more.

Some other random facts about me:

Age: 14.5 (martian years)

Favorite life hack: Hard exercise, ketogenic cookies

Favorite animal: Gibbon

Best physical skills: Trampoline, limbo

Current (and for the past 2 years) life goal: Touch my toes

Games I play: Brood war, Overwatch

Favorite character in Overwatch: Tracer

Worst Fear: Neurodegeneration (in particular brain eating amoebas)

Inspirations: Elon Musk, Albert Einstein, John Sulston, Sydney Brenner, Santiago Ramon y Cajal.

Favorite poet: Rumi (Jalal al Din)

Favorite philosophy book: Tao Te Ching


My me ^