Physicist? Surely You’re Joking!

Anybody get the reference? The… title… reference? Surely you’re joking? No? Meh, alright… I’ll keep this on topic, and I’ll try to stray away from why I haven’t been posting for such a long time (psst, it’s exams!), not that very many people read this anyway…

So! That’s that and this is this! In this post, I am announcing the path I want to take in this life. And that path is a path of SCIENCE!


And heck yeah, science bitch indeed Jesse! Well, the truth is, aside from academics and learning things, I’m kind of useless (most of my hobbies involve big hands, and my hands are small [insert sad face]) and I have to work up my way from the ground instead of being able to float on a cloud of talent and genetics as many others have.

My cloud of talent slash genetics however, is floating me over the ground in the talent of curiosity. Wait, what’s that? It’s not a talent? Oh. Never mind then.

The thing is, my passion in learning things tends to be a bit more than your average John Doe (no offense to people named John Doe, like that psychotic guy in Se7en) and I have found that I really like physics.

“What?! Physics? Surely you’re joking, you fit better in math! Or computer science! Or chemistry because you keep talking about Breaking Bad! Anyway, your math grades are better than science!”

Well, strange all-knowing third person-esque narrator who is commenting in my post (but not really because this is all just a hypothetical conversation I’m having with my fingers), I must say that yes, my math scores are better than science. But I like physics better than math, and I must say I am better in physics than math. And why is my math better you ask? Well, oddly enough, Indonesian curriculum has not split physics and biology and chemistry at this point in my colorful spectrum of education, and… I’m mediocre at best in biology.

Why oh why is the eternal good boy student mediocre in biology you ask? I, for one, blame the curriculum and questions and curriculum and questions and also how it all revolves around things and names and not systems and processes.

The great physicist and teacher of all teachers, Richard Feynman, once said, “You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird… So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing — that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”

Aaand, that just about explains it. I am quite fond of understanding things, but I despise science by rote. That just takes away all the fun in it, doesn’t it? Where’s all the curiosity and discovery? Curiosity killed the cat you say? Well, in a way, Indonesian curriculum killed curiosity!

Aaand, I am off track (although the number of a’s in my long version of ‘and’ is consistent, hurrah!) and getting all Douglas Adams with my randomness, so I’ll just say what I wanted to say this whole time.

Physics is awesome, and I will be chasing it and chasing it until I can call myself a physicist, just like many of my many role models. Cheers, man!

(And no, I have never watched a full episode of The Big Bang Theory.)

(And no, I’m not trying to be a physicist just because just about everybody who people consider extremely smart is a physicist (ahem, ahem, Newton, Einstein, Hawking, ahem) although it may be a contributing factor.)

(And no, that was not the last and no.)