By Emmanuel Maingi – Co-Founder and Director, Athena Group
Quantum mechanics, though firmly tested, is so weird and anti-intuitive that famed physicist Richard Feynman once remarked, “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” Attempts to explain some of the bizarre consequences of quantum theory have led to some mind-bending ideas, such as the Copenhagen interpretation and the many-worlds interpretation.” (Lookup the two interpretations).
This is a sub-field of physics governed by Quantum Mechanics and these studies continue to breakdown the field of physics as we traditionally know.
For those of you wondering, I’m not a physicist or even in a sub-field of the subject but it’s an interesting study to know more about the laws of nature and the cutting-edge research and technology that we never see being covered in traditional media not unless they have a commercial application that would bore a new world of business. That’s just the reality of life but also a dangerous one.
When you think about it, almost 90% of humanity is never interested in things that doesn’t give them a quick material gain in the short term making us a very dangerous species hence the resulting climate change non-believers as most of them are driven by the mere nature of pursuing industrial production ignoring facts as presented in the world of science.
What’s my message? In as much as we are all in diverse economic building sectors, we ought to appreciate science and not just any but the one that studies the depths of the earth and the universes and long term implications to the human race and its existence. The human mind is curious by nature and by this principle of life, pick up a book or subscribe to a science journal or even better, the internet has brought information closer thanks to technology disruption making it easier than before to have access to knowledge. Technology has a positive and negative implications and it’s a matter of choice as we are created with logic and free will.
The take from this is that as a national of Kenya, i’ve observed sad and chilling moves by governments where we’ve seen Polytechnics e.g. Kenya Polytechnic, Mombasa Polytechnic et al being fully chartered Universities. This move is a dangerous one and especially on the principle of production where an economy NEEDS engineers as much as accountants because without the latter, we are doomed as a consumption market as innovation is dwarfed and the creative technical minds that would have been nurtured under these Polytechnics are left without a choice but to emulate the suit-bearing Executive because that’s what society has pushed them to see as a factor of success but in reality, it’s not. Case and example is that if we all took white-collar-behind-the-desk jobs, who’s going to do the electrical works at that palatial home we all want to build? Another example is when Tullow Oil (K) Ltd advertised for wielding technician jobs and surprisingly, there weren’t competent wielders in the market resulting to the company developing a Scholarship Fund for study in the UK as part of their local content development.
(For those of you who are interested in this scholarship scheme for a career in oil and gas, please visit British Council website: https://www.britishcouncil.co.ke/…/tullow-group-scholarships)
Technical skills are a part and parcel of economic development and history has taught us that, the most of advanced economies had an industrial revolution and through that, the governments allocate funding in every financial cycle to research and development. This is why we have Silicon Valley, Aberdeen as a centre of oil and gas excellence etc making these countries industrial complexes that continue to innovate while most developing nations absorb these innovations hence pumping money out these economies to continue firing the industrial development furnaces.
I close by saying that knowledge is power and nobody is born knowing anything apart from the basic survival instincts. Spread yourselves out there in the pursuit of knowledge on matters that matter and you shall be empowered. Read widely and you might be surprised how impacting it can be on ones career choices and development.