Today, a guest post. I’m excited, because it’s from one of my favourite bloggers, Sabine Hossenfelder, or “Bee” as you may know her from her comments here, and of course her blog Backreaction.
Bee giving a guest post here on Asymptotia originated in a suggestion I made in the comments of an earlier post of mine. Bee had asked me to do a post on her blog as part of her excellent series of guest posts about what made her guest choose to go into physics. Pressed for time, and not sure whether I’d really have anything new or interesting to say about myself, I stalled for time (I thought) by saying I’d do it in exchange for her doing a post here on a similar subject. She rapidly came up with the post. And of course it’s a great one. I’m so on the spot now.
Anyway, here’s Bee! -cvj
I just sat down with the best intention to write a lengthy blah on Cliffordâ€™s question what inspires me. Now that I sit here, hands above the keyboard, I am facing a problem. Itâ€™s not that the question is too difficult, itâ€™s too easy to answer. I get inspiration everywhere. Reading books, seeing movies, taking a walk – ah yes, also from scrolling through blogs. Most of all by talking to my friends and colleagues. The problem is now that Iâ€™m too inspired not to shamelessly use the opportunity of writing a guest post for Clifford So let me redirect the question to your opportunity to use your inspiration.
Had you been born some thousand years ago, your life would have been pretty much determined by where and when you were born, and whether you happened to be a man or a woman. Youâ€™d have spent most of your time striving to survive. Undoubtedly, youâ€™d have considered your generation very progressive, still youâ€™d have worked hard to make a better future for those coming after you. And of course our generation says since then weâ€™ve made a lot of progress! But what is it? Is it a 6 lane highway, 50 different Jelly Bean flavors, the size of a 2 GB USB stick, a life expectation of 80 years, plastic surgery, weblogs for everybody?
In my opinion, a societyâ€™s maturity is measured not by the development (alias shrinking) of more and more technological gadgets, but by its ability to let (wo)men follow their passion. Progress is what makes our life easier. It is what gives us more time, more freedom. It is our understanding of nature that has allowed us to spend less time on the struggle to survive, and given us the opportunity to live. It has given us the freedom to follow all the stray thoughts that came with the evolution of the homo sapiensâ€™ large brain: the everlasting wish to find and understand our place in the universe that we are part of.
A search that everybody of us undergoes in his or her own way. Some find their place Continue reading ‘Sabine Hossenfelder: My Inspiration’