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Why I do not discourage my students from "wasting" their time with the "theatre"?

Gadagkar, R (2008) Why I do not discourage my students from "wasting" their time with the "theatre"? In: MOITREE, 1 (1). pp. 3-4.

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There is wisdom in turning as often as possible from the familiar to the unfamiliar: it keeps the mind nimble, it kills prejudice, and it fosters humor. - George Santayana, philosopher (1863-1952) Modern science is a rather complicated business. While understanding it is difficult enough, practicing it as a researcher is far more so. Those of us in India or other developing countries who try to contribute to the creation of new scientific knowledge are up against enormous odds. This is something that the general public fails to appreciate when it laments at the missing Indian names in annual lists of Nobel prizes. Firstly, the edifice of scientific knowledge upon which we are attempting to build further, is almost entirely a western creation and we need to fathom it more or less as outsiders. Secondly, the apparatus for creating new scientific knowledge is becoming increasingly sophisticated and expensive, making us hopelessly out-of-date, on a daily basis. Nevertheless we may occasionally hope to add a bit of our own new contribution here and there, if we carefully watch the frontiers of knowledge and locate less crowded and less fashionable corners at the interface of knowledge and ignorance.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: MOITREE
Publisher: The Bangla Theatre Festival in Bengaluru
Keywords: Social sciences, Modern science, Indian regional theatre
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2021 10:26
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2021 10:26
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/68278

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