Kompas This Day

It’s very rare that national newspaper publishes some opinions about innovation policy. This day leader of National Research Council said this in Kompas. Check this out !


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.


Mo Salah

Last early day this morning, I watched a final match of UEFA Champions League (UCL). The games was Real Madrid vs Liverpool. It was difficult to look for good place for “nobar” in Bandung. My friend and I must move from Kedai Persib (we must have reservation before here) to Kafe Banda (it was closed, I don’t know why). So, we went to Merdeka street and then watched in McD. My position was not good, approximatelly 20 meters from screen so it was not cleary enough to watch. Then breaking to second half, we went to McD Istana Plaza. Unfortunatelly, the television is small enought but we “mager” to move again. We enjoyed the rest of the show here.

The things that I want to underline is when Mo Salah had an accident with Ramos. For my eye, there was ethical side from this. Ramos practiced hard play (even this is maybe allowed in a game) to Salah with excessive physical contact that make Salah whose body is less-bigger than Ramos then suffered serious injury. Mo Salah then was subtituted and the game was changing. Actually I was supporter of Real Madrid in that game, but I was not quite happy with the winning of this club last night. The absence of Mo Salah decreased motivation to the whole of Liverpool players. It can looked from two blunders from Karius to make Benzema and Bale created easy goal.


Today’s Discussion

This evening I joined a discussion about Sumpah Pemuda (Youth Pledge) compared with issues that we usually happen in our daily life. Much content we talked is about logical fallacy and also political identity that strengthened in nowadays.

Based on history, ITB was campus that sterile with political activities. So hard for external organizations to enter campus territory. But how about now? Many students are being activist in religious groups. There are less artivities that talk about how science and technology are to be discussed.

Another problem is output of its education has a tendency to be arrogant whereas this attitude is contrary with spirit of scholars : more knowledgeable, a man is being more wise.