|Professor Higgs, discoverer the Higgs Boson (also called the 'god particle'), required time to think to|
come up with his groundbreaking ideas, and liked nature and camping for that reason.
Portrait of Peter Higgs by: Ken Currie.
Humans are not machines. We are not designed to be cogs in perpetual motion. We need down time.
We need time to think.
Our brains need regular idle, nonproductive moments just like they need sleep. And just as sleep aids our brain, so does giving it uninterrupted room to roam. Thinking is one of the joys of being human, and is a pre-requisite to amazing discoveries, personal and otherwise.
The Higgs boson for example, was a "monumental discovery" when unveiled in 2012 in the planet's most expensive laboratory of all time, CERN's Large Hadron Collider. The discovery is named after Peter Higgs who, back in 1964, proposed the existence of such a particle.
He won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2013 for his work, also referred to as the "God Particle" by the media.
Higgs said that the busyness and distractions of modern academic life would be too busy for him and he might not have had the down time to come up with what turned out to be "the most sought-after particle in modern physics".
The successful slacker professor claimed,
“Today I wouldn't get an academic job. It’s as simple as that. I don't think I would be regarded as productive enough.
It’s difficult to imagine how I would ever have enough peace and quiet in the present sort of climate to do what I did in 1964.”
We are not machines. We don't need to be cogs spinning more productively - that is what has got us into the mess the world is in today. We need to encourage people to stop spinning, to be less productive.
We need time to think. Of god particles, and the workings of life and the universe. Of change and possibilities.
We need time to be. Then we can work it out.