Yosemite preview

As the title subtly hints, we will be making a weekend trip to the Yosemite national park. In case you didn’t know, it’s a 308 074 ha big national park with supposedly breathtaking views and possibly bears. Most likely this will be one of those moments we will remember for a long time to come. Stay tuned for actual feelings and pictures next week.

The speaker on Wednesday was Kelly McGonigal, a psychologist for a change. The topic, compassion and how it’s learned and studied, sounded a bit unscientific to me at first. Sounded a little like something from a mouth of some new age life coach or similar pseudo scientific quack.

Turns out I was wrong, and compassion can be researched to a surprisingly great degree. The local Compassion Research Center (what do they not research here?) is actually part of the local neuroscience department and the study of compassion mixes stuff like study of the brain, meditation and long term research of teaching of compassion. Maybe the world could be made a better place, if teaching compassion towards others and towards yourself could be taught to everyone? One can always hope.

Also I learned that a surprisingly large amount of Mexicans do yoga.

Also also it turns out that semantic analysis is not only terribly interesting, but also not trivial.

But now I have to go pack. So cool to go for a hike/camping trip!

Good weekend to everyone,