Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Change

Lately I have been thinking about “Change” as it’s appearing that a lot of things around me is changing. So Is change good or it’s highly unfortunate that it’s happening. The question is divine.
But here’s the thing “Change Is Inevitable”, it has to happen. What most people fail to realize, typically until it’s very late in the game, is that change happens to us whether we like it or not, remember its Inevitable.
Change is not that bad actually for examples I made a short list of the things that changes over time and we really need these changes :

1. Whether
2. 
Fashion
3. A
n era 
4. 
Perspective
5. 
Habits

1. Whether
What if whether doesn't change it remains constant. Imagine it’s raining throughout the year, God what a dreadful idea or consider you’re perspiring for like full 365 days a year,and now people start greetings each other like Hey Sweaty What’s up. So its good that whether changes.

2. Fashion
Suppose we still wear those Bell-bottoms from 70’s that become wider from the knees downward. Actually I Kinda love that style but we can’t wear them right!

3. An era
Come on, you don’t want to live in the eras like World War, or when Britain ruling the world. We’re glad that that time has gone now, it has changed.


4. Perspective
As we grow older we mature. As we mature our perspective on different things changes .Its actually quite important that you should have the right perspective on certain things.

5. Habits 

habits can be changed, obviously. If I were to provide an example, simplest example would be smoking habits. There are a lot of people who quit smoking on a daily basis. Sometimes changing habits is difficult, but it is possible. Humans are very adaptive. They acquire several habits over time. But since they had  acquired it, it’s possible for them to leave them as well.


But what happens when People change. Do they really change?

    Here’s a Calvin and Hobbes strip


So people change whether they like it or not. And people change -- really change -- when they perceive an advantage will accrue if they do change. They just have to understand what it is and -- poof! -- with a paradigm shift, they're almost there. When they take action in furtherance of that paradigm shift, they reinforce it and continue on the new path.
But what concerns us when people around us begins to change. Like Friends, we never wants our friends to get changed, because you know it’s sad when people you know becomes the people you knew. You loved the person so you became friends, but now suddenly they changed, they are not same person as they used to, they are not the same person who you have become friend with. So you don’t like this change but when you saw that same person is happy with the change, you need to understand that things are not always how you wanted it to be.You need to accept that Change is always good may be not for you but for the one who has changed.


Sometimes you love change sometimes you don’t  but ‘
change’ is an integral part of our life and that’s how life works.



If you’re not convinced that change can be good, remember that it’s inevitable anyway. You may not like change, but it’ll be a lot easier on you if you just let things take their course.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Intellectual laziness

I have been thinking about this recently. Why are exams important? Why do they exist? And if they’re so important, why are they universally hated? These are questions we’ve all asked at some point of time, and maybe over extended periods. Let’s consider the exams that commonly take place in the school/college setup here. Here are a few points in favor, that quickly come to mind

1. Exams are important because they test your ability to recall content, your knowledge of    the 
concerned area and your ability to apply that knowledge without external help.             
2. They test problem solving skills, and then your ability to communicate the solution to the  examiner.
3. Ability to work under pressure.
4. In a meritocracy, is there really another way to judge who deserves what?
5. Without exams, students might lose all the motivation to work.

Probably more. And of course, the above points hold only when the conditions are ideal (wrt academic integrity etc.). Then people cite reasons why exams aren’t what they’re made out to be:


1. Getting through today’s world does not need the ability to recall content. Instead, what’s needed to do well is analytical ability and grasping power.

2. Unnecessary pressure on students. People tend to make a big deal out of exam scores. Some people, despite their intelligence, might be bad exam takers.
3. Exams are like a destination. People prepare for them, and forget about the subject. The purpose is defeated.
4. Exams are sources or mental pressure, and might cause people to lose self-esteem.

All the points above are really open for debate, and I don’t want to get into that. But the one point that I do want to write about is the following. First, please consider this question below.


Ques:- Would you still study, if exams were optional, or scores didn't matter?

A. Yes
B. No
C. Can't say


Now, I’m presuming that most people will respond with a flat No. No surprises there, because that’s my response too. And this got me thinking. It is clear that exams are what make us put in efforts in the first place. By the way, I love math, and electronics, so why should I really need exams? And this is not only my story, I guess many people are affected by this. I’m a senior undergraduate now, and as far as my future career choices are concerned, grades don’t matter in the fourth year. And in many a course that I like, I suddenly find it difficult to gather that motivation. Study at all, not even just for the exam. There are other activities that take up time, but what about the intellectual stimulation that I also want?


Ideally, we’re supposed to see exams as intellectual challenges (ignore those stupid tests which don’t need you to think on your own). Are we really doing that? I’m sure we’re not. This state of mind is what I’d like to label as “intellectual laziness”. It’s not about exams, about work, or about anything else, as much as it is about your own mind. It’s an inertia, that prevents your mind from taking up a new challenge that doesn’t guarantee results. For instance, if I posed a challenging problem right away, how many of you would be willing to consciously think about it in the near future? Sadly, the answer again would be that very few of us would even bother to read it. I’m on lots of puzzle groups, and see that puzzles are posted, but solutions don’t come up for quite some time. Barring a few, people don’t usually take interest.


This kind of intellectual inertia scares me. For I know that to make a notable difference to the world, we have to be willing to solve problems all the time. I don’t know whether the result-oriented approach is right or not, but one side-effect of it is definitely this sad state of mind. I wonder it can be tackled.