Changing our perspectives

This won’t be for everyone. I know this because every morning I wake up to a world obsessed with superstitions, race, religion, and all kind of social stigma.

Marcel Proust, a French novelist, considered to be one of the most influential authors of 20th century said:-

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes. ~Marcel Proust

Proust talks about perspectives in his quote. As we will explore, “Seeing with new eyes” is a basic life skill present in children. Which escalates in importance when used by physicists, mathematicians, and scientists.

The other day, I was in a shop, saw a young kid struggling with a door. He was pushing the door meant to be pulled. His mother advised him, “Beta, when stuck pushing, try pulling the door”. Evidently, the kid is being taught a basic problem solving skill of opening a door.

When we were learning physics in school, you might remember simplifying difficult problems by changing the frame of reference. Science has always encouraged us to view the world with new eyes.

still from a lecture

When stuck, switch to another perspective ~ The basic skill no one is talking about

Professor Patrick Winston wrote this advice on the board while teaching SVM. He encouraged students to think outside of the box to solve the equation they derived.

I want you to look at the common ground between all the above examples. We are taught to view things with different perspectives, because that has led us to amazing results, and inventions. This constitutes a crucial aspect of problem solving skills. Any great problem solver is a master at changing perspectives too.

Now a days, we see an increasing radicalism in our society. The world is getting divided and people are getting more and more extremists. We, as human are forgetting the fundamentals of a peaceful society — of having a flexible perspective.

Published by Mayank

Heyy, I am your friend Mayank. Loves talking about photography, tech, politics, and combinatorics. Hit me up if you got a puzzle xD

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