Thinking “Why”, “How” and “What” keeps the Doctor Close :P

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move it in the opposite direction.”                                                                                        ~ Albert Einstein

I wouldn’t know any single person in this world of ours, whose life was not even slightly affected by the contributions of Albert Einstein and his brilliant contemporaries, predecessors and successors alike. Still most of these people, whom I would safely call the non-scientific population, would rarely be aware of the reason behind why is it that they have even heard Einstein’s name, why is the world gossiping so much about that scraggly-haired German. Hardly does anyone wonder why? As the late cosmologist Carl Sagan most beautifully puts, “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.” I hope reading that brings as wide a smile on your faces as it did on mine. If it didn’t, read it again until it does.

Why most of the problems in our daily lives are so hard to crack, what have we been missing out in our understanding of the problem? The reason is that even till that moment we most likely are weak in our fundamentals of the subject we might have to touch upon to solve it. Sometimes, thinking out-of-the-box works. This is true, whether we like or not, agree with it or not. It certainly would not do any good to ignore this and defer reflecting upon this thought now. Better to read oneself than others, don’t you think?

So, why are we weak in our fundamentals, despite our innate belief in the contrary? There can be just one entity at fault here, the learner. A learner need not necessarily refer to the student in its usual sense. Everyone is a learner on Earth. While teaching or learning a concept, which is common to all branches outside the scientific domain too, the learner must make sure that he/she should, barely atleast, get a feeling of what the concept is actually trying to convey, regardless of how the texts present it. The learner must really understand what and how the discoverer was thinking while working with respect to the latter’s surroundings. We must learn to dispense our knowledge, keeping the jargon as far away as possible, in layman’s terms, no matter how complex the subject may be. A learner must discuss rather than teach. A learner must think who, what, when, where and how – nothing is so unnecessary. When you learn, learn something in its entirety, don’t leave the subject alone until you understand. Try teaching it to some of your interested yet disoriented friends to judge if you know it well enough on your part or not.

“A person starts to live when he can live out of himself”