October 31st, 2007

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Another day another exam

It was cold this morning, right around freezing when I got up, and I wore layers and a scarf to ride my bike to school. I ride a short distance from home to school, across the Ross Island Bridge, which is NOT RECOMMENDED and certainly not for the faint of heart.
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City Life

There was a gunshot that happened a fraction of a second before I turned on the bathroom light. I went ahead and showered, figuring that at least I hadn't been shot, so I could. Just now got out of the shower to hear that there's been something going on out in the street in front of our building. Suzanne has been watching the people out of our second floor "crow's nest" window. There's some guy out there talking on his cell phone talking in excited tones. I'm not too worried about it--it is Halloween after all. It could be a prank.
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Harvard Psychologist Dan Gilbert on Happiness

On Mercola's email newsletter today there was a link to a fast-paced 20 minute video of Gilbert. He is a strong looking bald man who strides back and forth across the stage while speaking cogently. He starts out with a little background on the development of the human brain and of the unique capacities we have because of our frontal lobes.

Finally he makes a solid case, citing lots of interesting research, for the idea that we humans "synthesize" happiness quite well in certain situations. It turns out that the more choice we have, and the more freedom we have to change our minds, the less happy we tend to be about our choices. On the other hand, the more we feel there is no turning back from a given choice, the happier we make ourselves with that choice. It appears that we have the ability to completely reprogram our innate preferences to match our reality.

Fascinating vid, I recommend!