While at school, I entertained the notion of becoming a career astrophysicist or theoretical physicist for some time — physics was my favourite school subject, but my love for art proved the stronger of the two so I had a change of heart and opted to dabble in architecture, fine arts, painting and design among other things, and I still like physics.
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education." — A. Einstein.
I spread widely but thinly, wasting my time reflecting on any topics that my abiding interests provide and indulging in individual or team brainstorming.
I put lateral thinking above the in-depth knowledge (without disregarding the importance of the latter), as I believe lay approach is key to thinking differently. On the other hand, knowledge doesn’t necessarily imply understanding; however much information you gather from scattered sources, which is by all means helpful in finding solutions, it might prove useless unless you manage to organize it through association of thought.
I know from my own experience that a right word of advice or a simple idea can save you time, trouble, and money. No matter how deep we might be bogged, in most cases all we need is just a glancing blow that might send or at least set us thinking in the right direction.
Things seen close up are often difficult to get in perspective, while a look from the outside can help to see a bigger picture. A completely impartial approach isn’t precisely common currency — most people are biased in favour of..., pressed by... or lobbied by... the usual suspects, emotionally involved or simply safeguard their own interests.
The ability to distinguish between what you think or want to think is true and what is definitely true is the key to being objective.
While experts' minds are often shackled by knowledge and rules that filter cranky ideas, we should seek impartial outside-the-box view on the problems — so let's chuck into our melting pot whatever brainwaves zap out of our mighty encephalons and learn from the experiences and mistakes of others ;)
“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha.
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He who Brainstorms gets the Prize.
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I've had a Brainwave!
To sum it up, I envisioned this blog as an eclectic collection of random thoughts, instructive stories, clever solutions or zany ideas.
In addition, I'd like to give it the feel of a conversation a group of friends would hold in a warm tropical evening around a beach campfire with a gentle breeze caressing the skin (safe from this mad world), discussing, hazarding conjectures and stating opinions on a wide range of topics of their choice.