WHO ARE YOU?

My name is Larry Liu, and I consider myself a happiness engineer. I'm a student studying psychology and computer science at Stanford University. You can learn more about me at my website www.hrlarry.com.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO BLOGGING?

I first started blogging in high school with the goal of tracking my personal growth and making sure I regularly self-reflect and introspect. At the encouragement of my friends and coworkers, I decided to start a public version of my personal blog, still under the same namesake: Mandatory Liposuction.

WHY THE BLOG TITLE MANDATORY LIPOSUCTION?

While doing research for a green energy paper in high school, I came across a satirical article on using body fat as an alternative and environmentally-friendly energy source; after all, it is an untapped energy source that is available ubiquitously. I joked that government-mandated and subsidized liposuction would be an incredibly pragmatic solution to the energy crisis.

The idea of mandatory liposuction is precisely the inspiration behind my blog. Passion is not pragmatic. It can be wildly irrational. Blindly following pragmatism can lead you to ridiculous ideas like mandatory liposuction. 

My blog seeks to explore abstract concepts like human sentimentality and emotionality, empathy, and emotional intelligence, but using scientific analogs and jargon that makes them more accessible and digestible for a logic- or rationale-oriented audience like myself.

Photo courtesy of Tony Chung

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