Sometimes I feel so ignorant. When I was in HS and college, I loved physics and science. It seemed that I understood the more difficult concepts when others did not. I loved it! It was so amazing to learn all of that crazy stuff.

Has science made some giant leap since I left college 9 years ago? I am watching Through the Worm Hole with Morgan Freeman and I feel like I am ON one of those planets they are talking about. I seriously have a freakin headache. Did I somehow become a dirt clod?

I am so interested in the origins of the universe, but I honestly think I don't have the capability to understand it.

UGH!
Sicile

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Comment by Citizen Roe on July 13, 2010 at 2:03pm
I feel your pain. LOL! I feel that way a lot recently. While reading Dawkins, etc., I frequently read things that make my head wanna explode. Once my brains have oozed from my ears, I scoop 'em up, funnel 'em back in, and read again!

Seriously, though, I'm reading The God Delusion for the 2nd time and I'm understanding things I didn't the first time. I recently read People's History (Howard Zinn) and several other cerebral books. I haven't read things like this since college and for me it's been waaaaay more than 9 yrs :) Anyway, I am beginning to feel smart again. Hang in there & keep challenging your brain, it will keep up!

By the way, my stack of things I'm going to read soon includes several Carl Sagan books. I'm really looking forward to it, but you'll probably hear me complaining of a headache or two while reading those.
Comment by Sonny Mobley on July 13, 2010 at 1:25pm
It's all about keeping up-to-date on your own, buddy. Don't worry! Just dive into continuing your education on your own!
Comment by Sicile on July 12, 2010 at 11:47pm
Thanks - I hope that's it - Maybe I do just need to exercise the old gray matter! :)
Comment by Jeffrey P. Murphy on July 12, 2010 at 10:42pm
Like muscles, bones, and all other organs, the brain, built by evolution and developed in it's environment, functions best in the modes it's acclimated to. Someone who does heavy cardio all the time will be really good at aerobic exercise, but not so good at anaerobic exercise. The same here. If you've been away from the thinking for a while, it takes some time to adjust back. Just pic up one of those brain teaser Nintendo DS games and play it on your commute (or whathaveyou) for a while. The problems are simple, but you have to bend back into it.

I had a horrible science education growing up, and it took a while for my mind to wrap around the science I started learning a few years ago. Now I can't stop, formulate my own thought experiments. I'm even giving some of the calculus a try and am currently coding up an evolution simulation. Once you get going, you'll take off, I'm sure.

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