Saturday, September 22, 2012

Life is Like Experiment

Everyone should know what science is. Scientists are trying hard to make every phenomena to be explainable by scientific proof. And, what scientists do are experiments, from which they invent, test, and find out the result, to see whether the result matches the scientific hypothesis or not.

Basically, scientists should know how to perform an experiment. Before starting an experiment, they must have a hypothesis, and assumption. From the assumption made, and based on the hypothesis, they carry out the experiment, by first drafting the possible variables, procedures of experiment, materials and instruments needed, and methods for data collection and analysis. After obtaining the primary data, they do analysis to check whether it matches their hypothesis. If not match, they will find out why. If the reason is found to be the experiment error or mistake, they restart the experiment, by modify certain part of the procedures. The experiment is redone over and over to find out the final outcome, which should be either agree or disagree the hypothesis. The final outcome must come with the proofs and justifications from the analysis of data.

Life = Experiment

Life, can also be explained like an experiment. We are performing many different experiments daily. We are always following a certain procedures to check whether the outcome match with our thought.

For example, we are looking for food everyday. We make a hypothesis that “the food court must have some nice food”. Then, our procedures will be “trying all the food”. The types of food are variables. First try, Asam Laksa, result: not nice. That is not the end, as it does not match the hypothesis. Second try, fried noodles, result: not too bad. But, what’s the justification? Are you the only one who say it’s good? Or everyone is praising it? Asking friends around to try it as well. They find it good too. The justification is there. Third try, Tom Yam soup. Result: Awesome! Asking friends around again, agree! Outcome matched with hypothesis: “Some food are nice in that food court”.

Having dream? It can be like experiment too.

Testing food is just a very general case. What if we can try some bigger experiment, like, having a dream? Let’s say, we want to earn RM1 million within 5 years? And we start making hypothesis such that “We are able to earn RM 1 million in 5 years.” Then, we find out the ways to earn those money. We find out all the tools we can use to earn. If we failed to achieve, we don’t stop. We should retry with different methods. Right? Let’s try again with different methods, and see if we are able to make it in another 5 years. Scientists don’t simply give up their experiments, especially long experiments. We can be like scientists too, just never give up. As long as the hypothesis does not match, try with different methods until we achieve it. If the outcome disagree with the hypothesis, find out why. Why can’t we achieve? Justify it. If there is no justification, that means experiment is not completed.

Life is not ended until we get the justification and proof that support the outcome to make a clear stand, agree or disagree. No justification, no proof, no reason, means not ended.

Give yourself a reason to continue the experiment, or, give yourself a reason why you should quit and give up. No reason, no giving up. Carry on.

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