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Rethink

I recently finished reading the book ‘Think Again’ by Adam Grant. The book revolves around the idea of why and when we need to stop and start over again with our thoughts. As we grow up, we acquire knowledge through conventional studies and through our environment and that builds our character. In the last blog I spoke about how and why demographics develop your sense of identity. But that identity often becomes conditioned with the way we think. We tend to form stereotypes and biases over almost everything, race, ethnicity, culture, food etc. Over a conversation we tend to contradict with almost everything that does not match our views and try to implement my thoughts, even without understanding or listening to the other side.

As Adam Grant puts it,’ We’re mental misers: we often prefer the ease of hanging on to old views over the difficulty of grappling with new ones.’ Going through the thought experiment of running the new ideas and giving up the old views, isn’t just transformative but requires a way in which we grasp and contemplate the new one, and decide on which one to hang in with.

Everything in this world, in some way has to be replaced by the new, every life form In some way clears its way out and makes the room for the new, and so are thoughts. Scientists therefore have the best experience of changing views, because all the thoughts are developed through a hypothesis, experiment and observation. Hypothesis change each time, the actual outcome doesn’t match with the expected. And as Grant explains the way to lead life effectively is through the prism of thought experiments that is critical to be a scientist. All the actions are experiments supported by hypothesis and a well evaluated outcome, which will pave the way for the most credible hypothesis next. ‘Thinking again can help you generate new solutions to old problems and revisit old solutions to new problems. It’s a path to learning more from the people around you and living with fewer regrets’, it just might be true, re-evaluating the existing thoughts and putting forward the most logical question, will just not pave the drive for discovery but also force to be creative in thoughts.

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Shreyoshi Chakraborti

Shreyoshi Chakraborti

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I’m a PhD Student in Biochemistry and Structural Biology at Stony Brook University, Long Island, NY and a writer at heart. I hope to connect facts with stories.