Three Kinds of Fields

There are three kinds of highly specialized fields: Creative arts which can be appreciated by one and all, scientific technical fields which are opaque, and directly human related fields which are within reach of our understanding and which affect us in our everyday lives. To the first group belong music, painting, plays and the like whose creators are men and women of talents which range from modest skills to extraordinary genius. Many compose verses, but not everyone is a Kalidasa or a Dante. May write plays, but not everyone is a Racine or a Shaw. Many hum and put together notes, but not everyone is a Mozart or a Thyagaraja. Many draw and paint, but not everyone is a Caravaggio or a Jamini Roy. But whether we create or not, we can all appreciate and enjoy the works of the great creators. The field is enriched from generation to generation by newly entering artistic geniuses. With specialized fields such as astrophysics, neuroscience and number theory, the outsider is usually lost. Popularization of the results can help up to a point, but one simply cannot get a full appreciation unless one goes into some depth, and that is not within easy reach of everyone. Experts and specialists make significant breakthroughs here, continually expanding human knowledge. Then there are fields like philosophy and history, ethics and psychology, economics and high finance. These are highly specialized fields also, but without studying these even at a superficial level people can comment on these matters on the basis of what little they might have gathered from magazine articles, hearsay, and TV commentaries. Once in a while insights from ordinary citizens with common sense can even contribute to solving some of the problems here. Though they might sound silly, sometimes simple ideas from non-specialists in these fields may turn out to be interesting, valid and even useful  

August 1, 2011

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Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.

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