I am a half-English Canadian living in the United States. I'm a social scientist, a population health researcher, a stats guy, and an escapee from anthropology (I got tired of people using the word "empirical" as an insult).
I've had a pretty strange research career so far. Publications under my name include a history of the character of Sinbad, an examination of ecotourism in Costa Rica, and an analysis of the impact of neighborhood crime rates on cellular inflammation. So I exist somewhere in the space between being well-rounded and a dilettante, although these days, I'm fairly stably situated in the realms of health and aging research.
I would say that I have very strong beliefs about a relatively circumscribed set of topics. I frankly could not care less about the comings and goings of celebrities, the personal lives of public figures, or (I will lose some of you here) the ups and downs of various sports teams. I don't begrudge others an interest in these things, but they don't get my juices flowing. What does it for me is any question having to do with how we should live our short lives, whether as professionals, citizens, or just plain people in general.
Health research gives me a chance to think about that. No way of life that is wholly good could simultaneously lead to the degradation of our bodies and minds, except perhaps the life of the modern soldier. If that seems like a provocative statement, even better. I am looking forward to the discussion.