Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Richard Feynman's Ways of Thinking

By Allison of Fraske Designs

"The real voyage of discovery
consists not in seeking new lands,
but seeing with new eyes"
-Marcel Proust

Some people assume that they either have creative minds or mathematical minds, but not both. I have never really subscribed to this theory! If you have the drive to learn or succeed at something, it is likely you can achieve your goal through study and practice. Sure, it is probable that some people have an innate talent for certain things. But maybe it simply comes down to a difference in processing information in their minds, a difference that is clearer and more straightforward than the way others would process the same information. Remember learning long division in school, and then learning short division afterwards, and realizing how much easier short division was, and wondering who would ever bother with long division? Maybe some people figuratively jump ahead to short division in certain learning areas without struggling with long division-type processing.

Here is a really enlightening video featuring Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman discussing his theory on how different people process information. It is only a few minutes and worth watching until the very end. The subject matter becomes really eye-opening, and hopefully empowering to anyone who might feel discouraged in a learning process.

To see more of Feynman's videos, visit this link.

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