Ever pondered from where do we get all the underlying concepts of different streams of sciences? Just give it a thought, you will agree that psychiatry is the biology of the brain, biology is the study of biochemical reactions, biochemistry(or organic chemistry) is simply complex chemical reactions, chemistry being just molecular physics summed up into a table(The periodic table).
Now you can extrapolate molecular physics which is defined by the weak nuclear force to the fundamental forces of physics. And yes also the four fundamental forces of physics can be broken down into one Grand Unified Theory of Physics. Essentially, the world can be defined by a few basic principles.
Understanding the above I have set new rules for defining the approaches at understanding any field of research. I would like to share them with you.
- One should follow the divide and conquer approaches to solve big problems and so should be the approach for doing research in a particular domain. Like if I wish to engage myself with the research in the field of biology, I would first comprehend a significant understanding of physics. As soon as I had a firm grasp on physics I would study chemistry and then organic chemistry. Only when I had a firm understanding of these gateway sciences would I start to study Biology.
- To begin with the essentials is always beneficial but the fact remains that educational programs are neglecting this important aspect of the learning process. Like a person working on a psychology degree only has to take a few courses in biology and usually no courses in chemistry or physics.
- Every coin has two sides, apart from the listed advantages there do exist some flaws with this methodology, the obvious one being greater amount of time to learn everything from the ground up. Another being that many of us find it hard to grasp all of these concepts. Lastly many people don’t own that extra patience of learning by this method!
Though there are flaws with this kind of approach but I am confident that this is the right approach to any kind of learning process and it is in the best of interest for society.
Contributed by: Niroshan Tilakaratne – Srilanka