A Shifting of Love

In the past time, some people said that “If you graduate from a prestigious university, you will easy to get a partner, you can choose someone you love and pick her to be married then”. She believe in you because when living together with you will create a beautiful life : everything will be fulfilled. Now, this viewpoint is shifting. Not easy for a woman to receive a love from someone even he know her since long time.

Nowadays, not money, title even position can bring her love to you but CONVENIENCE with you is one and only requirement that she needs.

This is logically wrong, but remember that love is illogical.

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Scopus and Professor

So far I agree with this opinion that a professor should have role to not just doing business as usual such as teaching and publishing Scopus journals but the most important is to enlighten society from chaos.

Mahfud MD

Yesterday morning (16/8) was different with my another mornings. After praying fajr, usually I open my laptop or read book but this day not. I watched a recorded video showing Pak Mahfud MD talking about what happened behind drama of vice president candidate from Pak Jokowi. He talked systematically with the chronology of the drama. He called Romy, Said Aqil, Ma’ruf Amin, and other public fugures that make hot news in citizen world. This declaration from him potentially makes clash in Nadhiyin body and the presidential election can become as competitive as previous one.

There is substantial problem in this state structural that makes political reality complex like this. It is root problem but unfortunately almost people doesn’t understand it.

Samaun Samadikun

This morning I met and chat with a retired lecturer of Engineering Physics ITB. He was very energic when discussing about history of ITB. I asked him to visit my office in Information Centre to observe an used e-museum. Even this building was obsolete, there is several legacy. When we looked at a board display (like banner) contains of cronological history of ITB since it was built in 1920, he asked to me “Did you know story between year X-Y ?”, “What’s legacy created ?”. I then said “Samaun Samadikun”. He was amazed with I had just said. He admitted that he was of student of Pak Samaun, he ever interacted with him long time ago.

I then told many things about Pak Samaun according with everything I knew. Pak Samaun is known as semiconductor initiator in Indonesia and he left many legacy for example PAU, PT INTI, LIPI, and soon. Now, there are several colleagues, students, students of students, etc of him that have positions in company, university, etc. Taking up story of Pak Samaun is always interesting.

Was Rejected

Several minutes ago, an email came to my inbox when there was a meeting with my boss. Then I opened and not surprisingly that my opinion was rejected by a leading national media. Several hours before email came, I sent another opinion to the media. The opinion looked so similar that talking about industrial revolution 4.0 but with different emphasis.

The current opinion was inspired by 98 years celebration of ITB as institute of technology in Indonesia. I cited in my article from three speeches of ITB rector, minister of research, technology, and higher education, and minister of planning. I stressed that we must understand with what we have achieved till today in science and technology development.

Even it’s not easy to write an essay in national media, but I keep trying. I feel happy when I can bring my thoughts to public.

Radicalism in Higher Education

What will you say after hearing that radicalism happens in Higher Education who is identical in science and technology ? It sounds impossible because students who learn in those field are familiar with mathematics. From mathematics, we learn logic so not easy to us to make a conclusion before we really understand with the problems. Rigorousness of thinking is deeply trained.

So, how about suspected students who spread radicalism ?

For me, it must be something wrong with the process when they learn. They means formulas that they learn in mathematics and science is inchangeable exact law. This view then applied in religious thought. They get it from their guru so it must be right, but it is not necessarily. This inflexibility makes them intollerant to another people who don’t have same understanding. This is seed of radicalism.

The question is how to prevent this understanding ?

Let’s evaluate how knowledge (especially math and science) is delivered, does it make student intimate to study or maybe make student mean it as exact formula that create inflexibility ? The intimacy is characterized by spending more time to understanding, stay hungry stay foolish.