It's a shame he had to go crackpot. The original reason behind his move to Belize -- or at least the publically stated reason -- was to research a new class of antibiotics, known as quorum-sensing inhibitors (QSIs).
Long story short, these drugs would inhibit bacterial growth without creating resistances. If they pan out, they're a revolution in antimicrobial medicine.
He met Allison Adonizio (who introduced him to QSI) long after he moved to Belize. They managed to synthesize a compound that was already patented by a big pharm company, but produced no original research.
It is not hard to figure out John moved to Belize because of the lax drug enforcement and age of consent laws.
> It is not hard to figure out John moved to Belize because of the lax drug enforcement and age of consent laws.
Lax drug enforcement, sure, but age of consent? It's 16. There are dozens of countries where it's significantly lower -- many 12 or 13. Don't see why that'd be much of a motivator, even if that's your thing; most US states are 16 too, IIRC.
Right, but it's 18 in California, where most TV shows and movies come from, so the unexamined idea in everyone's head is that it's 18 everywhere in the country.
TV Tropes (you knew this was coming) mentions this as an example of SoCalization. The infiltration of Californian idiom and assumptions into the global mass media is truly insidious. But hey, isn't Silicon Valley in California as well?