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Thursday, January 31, 2008

My Brain Hurts and I Like It!

I have often said that hurting my brain was a hobby of mind. Though complex math escaped me in high school I was always good with biology, chemistry, physics and art. I do enjoy simplicity as well. Simplicity can be relaxing, efficient, and perfect if done with the right intent. I like having the refuge of some simple art and music to turn to when I need it. Yet the simple things I like still make me think. I'm not into mindless tv, for example.

I think that I am a prog musician because early in life I found a desire to push boundaries. Maybe I am a musician because I took to the guitar better than the Bunsen burner. But long before I took up the guitar the seeds of creativity and learning were planted (thanks mom!). Judging by the careers and hobbies of my fellow Progulus listeners and station leaders I think this might not be uncommon among prog fans. One listener's screen name is Buckminsterfullerene. Not only is that a brainy kinda name but I know what it refers to. I like reading science books and magazines. An article in Discover a few years ago is one of my favorites. The cover read "If and electron can be in two places at once, why can't you?"

As I read the article I kept thinking that on the surface my brain knew what I was reading, but I just couldn't get below the surface to true understanding. But I enjoyed my attempt. And as I re-read the article from time to time maybe I will "get it" someday. Answers are great but the questions are the fun part. Does thought occur if it isn't first provoked? Maybe that's the key to any life pursuit, whether hobby or career, music or quantum physics. I desire to dive below the surface just to see how deep I can go. Like JFK said, "
We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…"

I mock Paris Hilton's "stupid is cool" attitude. I've watched all 3 extended versions of the Lord of the Rings movies back to back and I loved it! I am wallowing in the lovely, complex mud of my nerdiness.


BG said...

You said: "I am wallowing in the lovely, complex mud of my nerdiness."

I often feel that people who are not nerds in one area or another are often shallow, superficial and boring. They may be content with life
and I respect them for long as I don't have to spend too much time with them. Most often I just find it extremely boring to be in their company.