I think I’m a little of an autodidact, what with deriving the Schrodinger’s Equation and the more recent Higgs boson. x) Later on that though!
The Higgs boson was discovered just early this month (4 July 2012), and it’s a historic finding, one that proves the Standard Model to be true, and threw the entire scientific community into a wild, spontaneous celebration. :D And this epic, greying scientist in his slightly-accented voice, “I was so happy I wanted to cry.” We pour billions into projects like this and yet, not many people know of its existence. The day I went to check it out, I chanced upon the official CERN-uploaded video on the higgs boson on youtube. 400,032 views for a 3-day old video.
It may seem a lot, but when we start observing the millions of views chalked up on Bieber’s video a day after he uploads it– ohmystars, 天渊之别 worh! I was pretty darned curious, the news was published in newspapers all around the world, was so few interested enough to look it up?
So I conducted somewhat of a social experiment— “Hey! Didcha guys know, the Higgs boson has been found! :D” I’d exclaim to my different groups of friends, just for fun. The responses varied from “Huh?” “Nah…” “What’s that?” “Oh really?” to the occasional “YEAH IKR!” and the more common “Orh.” That wasn’t the main point though, i mean haha what kinda ulu news is that! I wouldn’t have known it either. …But the responses after my next line showed a lot more character and well… haiz. “Haha the higgs boson? It’s a small sub-atomic particle that’s the unit for mass, that scientists have been trying to find for decades! You can check it out if you like, it’s super cool! :)” Even after several revisions of my expectations, i’d thought the answer would be (at least) an “oh hey that’s cool!”. But what I got from most, was disinterest and cynicism, or self-resigned expressions of self-doubt. “Huh oh nevermind i’ll never understand it.”, “lolz nerd much!”. Mmm i get that it’s Particle Physics (with capital Ps) but so what! :) It’s just a name, doesn’t mean anything to a patient soul.
Haha on one hand, really goes to show how much interest matters i guess!
But on the other, never short-change or put yourself down :) Don’t get something? There’s always the internet, and every bit, byte of knowledge cumulatively contributes to intelligence. :) That’s why the ages 0 to 6 is the most productive age of the human brain; because we absorb all kinds of knowledge without discrimination. Beyond that, we develop our own opinions, rejecting sometimes wiser-choices for ones less so (immediate gratification? or is that stretching it too far haha XD).
Pursue your passion, but try not to turn down knowledge, especially on the basis of ignorance– who knows, it may be our talent! Till later, have fun learning! :D
p.s. if you missed my birthday– jason mraz, love is a four letter word. lost for christmas?– mraz. bored of toys?– mraz. hehehe jkjk<3 but really, every bit of the album is infused with positive energy, wow. maybe not those all-in-one-sitting kinda album but pretty cool. :)