Paal has been working with children, arts and education for most of his adult life specializing in philosophical enquiries with children. He attended the university of Oslo studying philosophy, history and linguistics. He financed his studies playing piano in different bands while working as a screenwriter for a television network writing soap operas.
Eventually he changed path, deciding to spend his life working with children. Initially he worked with autistic youth and children with Downs Syndrome, but after a few years started working in kindergarten. Soon he was introduced to philosophical enquiries with children, and attended school at Oslo School of Higher Education. The last several years Paal has been practicing as a facilitator for philosophical enquiries in Norwegian schools and kindergartens.