I am not sure whether to laugh or cry inside the united states. there is a great quote about intelligence being that the first step to wisdom is how little you actually know. perhaps that is why one goes on a life of asking “why?” to so many things that people seem perfectly content to just follow along and call a life? I was in the coffee shop and I think I had to stop with a blank look on my face when I heard some college students making these comments about the death of Steven Hawking:
“some guy that makes guest appearances on big bang theory.”
yes, I did hear this, I stopped, not because I wanted to, but rather, it was the same look I had on my face when I learned 80% of the united states could not identify where Iraq was on a map of the world during the gulf war. and yes, I asked, “who is Tesla?”
“oh he makes cars!” said the other gleeful student with the air of, “what a simple question that was!”
today’s blog post is going to be a bunch of links where you can send anyone who is confused and or ignorant (ignorance is ok…it simple means you didn’t know) on some of the brighter minds in modern sciences before they make and believe stupid comments like the folks said above – and believe them. I don’t think god or any scientist has any issue with asking questions and asking “why?” if they are wise and realize, “hey, I believe I am right, I might not be, but I am ok if I am not.”
to get to that state, ego & pride will have to take a plunge – of which some of the brighter minds I have seen on stages with the Santa Fe institute…well…at times there was no shortage of either of the two aforementioned super-genius weaknesses.
tesla has always had a special place in my heart. even beyond Einstein, Hawking, and Edison. to me, Telsa ranked up there with my admiration of the world of Leonardo Davinci. it is funny in that the big buzzword in corporate life is “polymath” and a few of us replied, “when did renaissance man become passé?”
Nikola Tesla - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla
Richard Feynman - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Feynman
Albert Einstein - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Feynman
Thomas Edison - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Edison
George Washington Carver: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington_Carver
Leonardo DaVinci: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_da_Vinci
Dean Kamen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Kamen
Kelly Johnson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Johnson_(engineer)
Steven Hawking: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hawking
there are a few minds that have been an influence on me from the area of solving problems and building and inventing new things. if you want to spend some time to learn about them, the Wikipedia pages will guide you. keep learning, keep growing. there is nothing wrong with not knowing, or saying, “I don’t know.”
what isn’t too great is never looking up or learning that which you don’t know and staying inside the darkness of the limits you do know inside your mind.
I still can’t believe it, “Tesla, oh yeah, I heard of him, he makes cars!"
there are times when you simply smile and shut up. yesterday was one of them.