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Thursday, August 16, 2007


Analogy time!

Okay, theres no back story to this so straight to the point.... ever wondered how having a good vocabulary allows you explain yourself, your story, your background to others more easily. Infact forget others, just yourself, having a higher vocabulary range allows thoughts and actions to be more easily defined and put into context.

Ok so what? Well this is analogous to how numbers, equations, mathematics, gives us added ability to understand the physical and natural world better, simply because we can interpret those into numbers which simply stated go from 0 to 9.

Take telecommunications, my field of profession, has many complex equations to understand how nature and the enviroment will affect say, the transfer of data via radio waves. Same goes for understanding fibre optic signals etc.

I'm beginning to realise that having a good foundation in vocabulary and numerical mathematics (in my case telecommunications, but I also want to learn about finance) has huge benefits in terms of accelerated learning. Taking a quick side-step from all this, in the telecommunications field, we have this thing called the 7-layer OSI model. It basically outlines what the data has to do for it to travel between two PC's for example across a network. These seven layers incorporate what the software must do, what the network protocol does, and how it goes on the physical medium.

The lowest layer in the 7-layer OSI model is the physical layer. This is basically the bare minimum that is required for data to traverse over. Eg: copper network cables, fibre optic connection, air for wireless connections. Now think of having a good vocabulary and number skills as having a superior physical medium. Now what I want to know is what things are there above this that one can learn and improve to better understand the environment around him/her?

One thing that has been on the back of my mind for the past month or so, is understanding psychology of humans. For example, listening to Dale Carnegie's audio book 'How to win friends and influence people' and also reading Stephen Covey's book 'The 7 habits of highly effective people', they both recommend being empathetic towards others. To be genuine when around others, first understand then be understood, etc etc.

The list goes on, so basically psychology OR understanding human behaviour is a somewhat important skill that should be developed. Im going about this via reading and then trying to read and see examples by observing people around me. At this stage Ive identified psychology to be one layer that would sit somewhere above vocabulary/numerical. What else can one identify?

Perhaps Im going about this all wrong? Perhaps layering is not the best way to look at this? Its about identifying basic 'things' (I could not come up with a better word) that one can work one in improving ones-self.

Oh and in this particular instance all this layering applies to career and relationship. Different layers would apply for wealth and spirituality.

I know I keep saying this, but Im going to try and return to this topic after Ive thought it through a little more. Watch this space.

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  • I quite like that approach. Psychology certainly is an important "thing" for relating to the world, as you say. And it really is layered on top of vocabulary.

    There's no OSI layer 5 fun like HTTP without a layer 1 like air or copper. Likewise, I'd rather not try to learn human psychology from a book written in a language I'm not familiar with.

    Perhaps, alongside vocabulary and numeracy, life experience is an important support for other things?


    By Blogger Patrick, At 11:08 pm  

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