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The Imagination of Nature, Progress versus Perfection, & Choosing Your Customers (Reading Notes 7.1.18)

Resource: The Imagination of Nature – Richard Feynman
Link: https://creativesystemsthinking.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/the-imagination-of-nature-richard-feynman/

Thoughts/Reflections:

We are a scientific society to the degree that our songs, poems, and art is characterized by a love for and understanding of science.

Nature is undivided, but we divide it up with all our categories and classifications. These labeling systems are useful, but we mustn’t get lost in them. The scientific mind strives to remember that nature is bigger than our categories.

The imagination of nature is greater than the imagination of any individual. The imagination of nature is that aspect of nature that falsifies or confirms our theories. It doesn’t ask us what the truth is. It tells us what the truth is.

By looking at a glass of wine, we see the fundamental principles of science illustrated.

Quotes/Excerpts:

“Although we humans cut nature up in different ways, and we have different courses in different departments, such compartmentalization is really artificial… The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man.” ~Richard Feynman

“We are not to tell Nature what she’s gotta be.. She’s always got better imagination than we have. We’ve learned from experience that the truth will come out. Other experimenters will repeat your experiment and find out whether you were wrong or right.”

“A poet once said, “The whole universe is in a glass of wine.” .. it is true that if we look at a glass of wine closely enough we see the entire universe. There are the things of physics: the twisting liquid which evaporates depending on the wind and weather, the reflections in the glass, and our imagination adds the atoms. The glass is a distillation of the Earth’s rocks, and in its composition we see the secrets of the universe’s age, and the evolution of stars. What strange arrays of chemicals are in the wine? How did they come to be? How vivid is the claret, pressing its existence into the consciousness that watches it! If our small minds, for some convenience, divide this glass of wine, this universe, into parts — physics, biology, geology, astronomy, psychology, and so on — remember that nature does not know it! So let us put it all back together, not forgetting ultimately what it is for…Although we humans cut nature up in different ways, and we have different courses in different departments, such compartmentalization is really artificial… The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man.”

Resource: Looking for validation
Link: https://seths.blog/2018/06/looking-for-validation/

Thoughts/Reflections:

You have to decide which of the following is a greater priority to you: having people tell you what you want to hear or having people tell you what you need to hear if you want to improve. The former feels better, but doesn’t offer you much opportunity for progress. The latter feels more uncomfortable, but it propels you towards your goals.

Quotes/Excerpts:

“Looking for validation or perhaps, you’re looking to improve. You can’t do both at the same time. If it’s perfect, you can’t make it better. But if you don’t make it better, you’re getting no closer to what you set out to accomplish.”

Resource: Choosing your customers
Link: https://seths.blog/2010/08/choosing-your-customers/?

Thoughts/Reflections:

No one can make you go into business for something you don’t want to sell. The process of opening a business or launching a product/project begins with you deciding what you would like to work on, how you would like to work, and who you’d like to work with. There’s no guarantee you’ll succeed, but these are the things you get to decide. Never go after customers just because they want to buy. Make sure you go after customers that want to buy something that you want to sell.

Quotes/Excerpts:

“Yes, you get to choose them, not the other way around. You choose them with your pricing, your content, your promotion, your outreach and your product line.”

“It’s not a matter of who can benefit from what you sell. It’s about choosing the customers you’d like to have.”

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