Hello! My name is Richard Gao. I hope you're in the right place.
At the time of this photo, my time on Earth was divided almost exactly in half between [Xinjiang, China] and [Toronto, Canada]. I have a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Toronto [BASc in Engineering Science, 1T3+PEY], but both my engineering expertise and my scientific knowledge base pale in comparison to my proficiency in eating, sleeping, and pondering about life - the last one leading me to recently starting my PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego in 2014 [Computational & Cognitive Neuroscience]. You can find a more elaborate version of my professional activities here.
My blog is spanned by everything in my life, from musings to reflections to neuroscience to design & technology. I try to distill some meaningful compartmentalization out of that and place them in Projects and Gallery (new pages pending). At worst, this website is a representation and a record of my life; at best, it becomes an inspiration to someone who will come back to inspire and educate me - on my journey to find mind from matter.
"The more science discovers and the more comprehension it gives us of the mechanisms of existence, the more clearly does the mystery of existence itself stand out."