Title 4 – KQ 3: In what ways pursuit of knowledge requires “ Disinterestedness “ in area of Natural Sciences?

KQ 3: In what ways pursuit of knowledge requires “ Disinterestedness “ in area of Natural Sciences?

Framing and exploring knowledge issues with neither one right solution nor the obvious solutions enables the researcher to have creative insights. Science in itself is a creative quest , an ongoing journey, a quest for knowledge about the natural world where objectivity through disinterestedness and critical thinking and deep passion go hand in hand.

The Richard Dawkins foundation and Michael Shermer, Editor Skeptic Magazine , along with introducing a 10-point checklist for assessing the believability of a claim like telling the difference between science and pseudoscience to detecting personal agendas and self interest -“You want to have a mind that’s open enough to accept radical new ideas, but not so open that your brains fall out.” When we begin speculating the future science developments , ideas like Time Travel, Telekinesis , robotic controls, omniscience on demand may appear preposterous. And yet all the hyperbole aside, such claims are not that far-fetched.

Sciences have a defined method and means for knowledge production .Yet sciences need a good portion of inductive and abductive thinking . Whether it is theoretical physics or Big Data , objectivity and detached pursuit of knowledge through an element of disinterest is required to look beyond the equations , facts and figures. Scientists are expected to develop ideas that may evoke disbelief and awe and still come to fruition.

There have been instances when scientists have allowed their minds to roam and reach beyond their immediate research fields and stumble onto things beyond apparent Reason and Logic . For instance , Dudley Herschbach made an important discovery in chemistry shortly after he learned of a technique in physics called molecular beams. Physicists had been using the technique for decades, but Herschbach, a chemist, who hadn’t heard of it earlier , used the technique in his research that fetched him the Nobel Prize in 1986.In hindsight, he says, “It seemed so simple and obvious. I don’t think it took a lot of insight as much as naïveté.”






Creativity in Mathematics and the Arts – Marcus Du Sautoy