Why so Stupid??

Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.
-R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 - 1983) 



When we look around us, we see everything obvious, but in the obvious we see, is it the right one? Thousands of people saw the Apple fall, but only Newton asked "Why"? but did he get an answer? NO.

One day grandfather called his grandson,

'Son, I forgot to do square root. Can you please tell me how to do it?'
The grandson beamed and replied,
'Its really obvious, grand-dad, you punch in the numbers in the calculator and press the '√' key'

The grandson gave the obvious answer he knew, was it the right one? Yes it solved the problem didn't it? But did he stop and thought why the square root of 4 is 2? 


Newton never discovered Gravity, he simply renamed the phenomenon of the apple falling down as gravity, he then went ahead of adding maths to it but in doing so, he missed out the main question, Why does the apple fall? Generations later people still see the apple fall, they simply say, 'hey its gravity,' but do they get the answer?

You know its gravity, I know its gravity, how does the planet know about gravity?

Human race has progressed for the last millennium, but have we really progressed? Has the human brain learned to think? Had the Wright brothers knew the obvious answer that everything falls, would they build a airplane?

Look around you, we have obvious answers for everything, but our mind has been programmed to think the obvious. The mistakes that have been made by the generations get repeated again and again. This linear thinking brings us to a boring and monotonous life with no room for innovation.

This little post just to stop you from thinking and start imagining.

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”

Enjoy weekend,

16 comments

  1. hmm ... see, re gravity, the actual principles are pretty well known ... thanks, not to Newton for that though, to Einstein instead. The spacetime concept pretty much explains gravitation from the bare basics, but then again you will argue, what do the bare basics lay upon ? And yes, I do not have an answer to that :-/ ... our beliefs rather rest on certain unprovable axioms which as you say are considered "obvious" ... know of the Godel's Theorem? ;-)

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  2. Ah the Ravan Philosophy.Good job Sid.I think you are entering into a very tricky zone. I call it the question zone. Life as we know, offers more questions than it gives answers. Every action ,activity is questionable, and 9/10 we never get beyond the 4th or the 5th "why" in the process of inference.Try it.

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  3. now many wrote such kinda posts just like you did. and many started thinking of imagining. so i ask now: WHY did you think of motivating us to start imagining and stop thinking? ;)

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  4. I agree with subhayan about gravity. it's scientifically proven.
    And we need to question everything, to learn why something is the way it is... And not accept blindly.

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  5. @Subyam
    // our beliefs rather rest on certain unprovable axioms which as you say are considered "obvious//

    But thanks to this, human progress has never actually been progressed and we chase the shadows forever in our life and actually waste the life...

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  6. wow, love this post! it's so TRUE - we are programmed to just blindly accept everything without really knowing or questioning much.

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  7. //Ah the Ravan Philosophy.Good job Sid.//
    Thanks man.

    //I think you are entering into a very tricky zone.//
    Where the only solution is imagination!!!

    //Life as we know, offers more questions than it gives answers..//
    And in doing so, we take help of the society and the obvious laws in resolving them, which again fails and this continues for ages in a big vicious, never ending loop.

    // Every action ,activity is questionable, and 9/10 we never get beyond the 4th or the 5th "why" in the process of inference.Try it//
    :)

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  8. //WHY did you think of motivating us to start imagining and stop thinking?//
    Because thats how I managed to solve some of the problems in my life...and would want you people enjoy it too...:D

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  9. @Niveditha
    //I agree with subhayan about gravity. it's scientifically proven.//
    Again my question, what is scientifically proven???
    Haven't we just labeled the thing we observed and credited that to people?? Don't you think there is a tiniest chance that the formula may be wrong? Just imagine... if it is wrong...den?

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  10. @Mehak
    //wow, love this post! it's so TRUE - we are programmed to just blindly accept everything without really knowing or questioning much.//
    So from now on... question it...:D ask everything...:D

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  11. yep agree.. limitations are only in our minds.. if we look past them, thats when possibilities venture into our minds! :D

    good one Ravan!

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  12. I like Gyan's description .... the question zone. But now you've made me enter it too

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  13. Adaptation happens only to the requirement/necessity ...

    Nature works on the principle of Abstraction so that the evolution keeps going .

    We dont say every-time. "Hey heart, pump more blood or hey lungs, pump more air". These actions are "abstracted" through physical programming which has got evolved through millenniums . Similarly, we work with abstract things through social programming too.

    Knowledge is a means to reach a living being's end, it is not an end in itself and hence we have confined senses.

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  14. Hey Sid.. back with ur brand stuff?

    too good..

    @“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”

    Loved it..:)

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  15. some very interesting points there :)
    Loved the concept of asking your readers to stop thinking (something we do after reading something interesting and stop at that without coming up with anything constructive/ decisive)and start imaging :) :)

    Keep up the good work Sid :)

    Cheers!!

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  16. “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”

    Hey man awesome... I thoroughly enjoyed your post..

    Yours Frendly,
    Saravana Kumar M

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