Saturday, May 10, 2008

Logical! Debunking the myth...

Yeah! Shaolin is back after a long time... you people guessed it right, I was deep buried in a zillion assignments... I'm through with yet another semester. And I think I'm still alive, sane and kicking a$$, more than ever before!

So what I have for you today... well this was just one of the many random stream of thoughts which I keep experiencing during mental turmoil of attaining harmony. Or, maybe it is a thought that takes birth as some random alpha particle from the outer space bombards the neurons; just the way it randomly flips a bit on memory bus running at near-optical speeds.

It, by no means, is as pristine as the original thought, but then... doesn't everything dilutes the moment it comes out of your mind! I still thought of putting it up here.

If you are tooooo technical, you tend to be come too logical! Wow! Ain't that good! I would argue otherwise! Well, almost. Why...being more logical is definitely a great plus, as long as you don't have to deal with "REAL" humans. What do I mean...

Haven't you ever been in a situation where you couldn't reason something... something that you couldn't explain despite the fact that you fully understood the situation. Get me one parent who has been successful in being absolutely logical with her kid EVERY single time! No! You won't find a single one! All the hard earned logic is not better than rat's sh_t when it comes to reasoning with kids! I think it's a little more clear that I want to say: You can't reason every single thing in your life every single time. Logic, as Akio said, HAS to take a backseat when dealing with humans.

Wish I had a good example to quote here, all that penned down for this post weren't good enough. I had to scrap them. So this might be too abstract and difficult to connect to, for some of you. Still I trudge on...

There are many such numerous situations where logic JUST takes the backseat. As Akio Morita, the founder and father of Sony sums it up nicely:
You can be totally rational with a machine. But if you work with people, logic often has to take a backseat to understanding.

After all, that's what makes us humans, each being bilogically the same (now medical students, don't argue on DNA, ok!) but radically different from the other. Otherwise, if every one was AS logical as machines, all the time, all the same, would we be any different from the machines!!! Ever read Roger Penrose's Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness?

Then... how do I fix it? At my job I HAVE to be logical... rational to earn my daily bread! Yes, by all means, be logical, be the MOST rational person you can become. But don't loose that human touch. The touch that makes you so human in the first place. When the need arises, become a human, again. And above all, be cognizant of the time you have to switch from one to another.

The only way to do that is to do something different every once a while (Note: Watching idiot-box as doing something different is NOT the answer. As the name suggests, watch too much of it, and it will turn you into one of it's species, Saggy, I know you are going to disagree :D ... but may be you are one of the few smart ones to know _what_ to watch on that idoit box!). One nice way is (now I can't bet my a$ on it that it works, but hey, it is logical that it works ;-) )... read novels, and play sports where you deal with LOTS of real humans. Get your a$$ of your routine once a while and do something completely different. Easier said than done, but hey, who said sanity comes free! I envy my brother who's dentist and has to deal with differnt patient every single day!!! He's far good at dealing with humans than I am.

Such hobbies makes you think differently every once a while, many a times not so rational. So pick a hobby, preferably where you interact with other humans and you have regained your identity, just what GOD wanted you to be! Probably you have gone bonkers by now :)


Sagar Bhanagay said...

Ha ha!!! All I see is the bubbling excitement of a semester getting over trying to overflow the brim. :). U r blabbering things, quoting some smart guys, trying to make a point, trying to give examples... but the point is this. U r blissfully happy :D. And this state cannot be defined logically. :)

The Shaolin said...

> All I see is the bubbling excitement of a semester getting over trying to overflow the brim. :).
That, dear Saggy, is absolutely right!
> U r blissfully happy :D. And this state cannot be defined logically. :)
Damn! you read that perfectly well between the lines! :)