Friday, November 15, 2013

Stop Learning, Start Thinking

Jacob Barnett is a very talented young mathematician with an autistic background, and he's all in favor of thinking. I think he's partially right. Of course, you've got to learn before you can think stuff like he does. Not everyone can use their brains this easily. But when you've got the basics down, it's time to allow yourself to think along the lines YOU want to think, not along college/religion/society approved lines. Just make sure that the way you think won't hurt anyone.

Here's Jacob's speech. Watch it and tell me what you think about his approach.

Have a great week,
Cat (still struggling to catch up on NaNo)


wendysmyeryu said...

"Be the field."

A great video, Cat.

I think it's impossible, as humans, to ever stop learning but the nuance that he doesn't excavate (but which it seems he means) is that at some point you have stop being "a student" or an amateur or simply "practicing" whatever it is you do and get out there and do the actual work no matter how long or far it takes you. Or how many reams of paper it uses up. Either take your learning farther or ditch it and go a new way.

We (most of us) end up so inhibited and stalled by what we've been told that it's probable we've trained our minds (and by default, our brains) that there are limitations and we can't get beyond them.

Personally, it's something I work on every day. I appear to be a significantly slower learner than Mr. Barnett, but that's ok.

Katharina Gerlach said...

I think that's exactly what he means. Apply what you learned and be happy with it. Start to figure things out for yourself even if it means traveling to places (in your mind) that haven't been explored before.