Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Concerns for Students of Higher Learning

The girls and I have been doing some research and came across the website for Developing the Christian Mind at Oxford.

I have only watched a couple of videos connected to the website, but this one was extremely inspiring. Info from the website about this particular professor is copied below.

Ard Louis is a Professor in Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford, where he leads an interdisciplinary research group studying problems on the border between chemistry, physics and biology. He is an associate of theFaraday Institute for Science and Religion, and an elected member of the International Society for Science and Religion.  Prior to his post at Oxford he taught Theoretical Chemistry at Cambridge University where he was also director of studies in Natural Sciences at Hughes Hall. He was born in the Netherlands, was raised in Gabon and received his first degree from the University of Utrecht and his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cornell University.  He enjoys molecular gastronomy.

I appreciate his humble spirit. Presenting helpful insight for young scholars as well as for those of us who continue to seek understanding outside the academic world, he enlightened me as to some of what my girls will likely encounter as they continue their studies, and he gave me new perspective for my own endeavors. 
I have thought often about how lonely life could be for a research student. One has to spend hours in the books, alone, possibly far away from those she loves. She can be vulnerable to a variety of forces. This video helps the student prepare her mind so as to avoid potential pitfalls. 
Dr. Louis recommended several books I placed in our audible.com library and on our Amazon future book purchase list.
While I know little about where he lands on specific issues of our day, his presentation certainly challenged me to keep seeking a deeper understanding on a variety of topics. 
I love that he quotes one of my favorite characters of all time, Winne the Pooh! He says scholars need to have community both in the academic world and in the fellowship of believers, and he quotes Pooh in his discussion for the need of academic community.
 "When you are a bear of very little brain, and you think of things, you find some times that a thing which seemed very thing-ish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it." 

If you are one of my studious, reader, seeker-of-deeper-understanding friends and readers, you might enjoy this video. Or if you too have children who are headed to the halls of academia, it could prove to be quite helpful.

May God grant each of us wisdom as we seek to accomplish His will in our lives, wherever that happens to be.