Assumptions

Brainstorming after rechecking some assumptions I never checked before:

During my university years in Germany I learnt to assume a lot of things. Contrary to pure physics, engineers tend to assume and work with simplifications. Often we just assume the existence of a lot of black boxes, where we only consider what is of direct interest, viz. what is going in and what is coming out. Our whole study life, and that is mainly our whole life, we are surrounded with assumptions and we get used to it. With time we forget the assumptions and if something goes wrong suddenly the assumptions come back to mind.

Life, that is apparently something what happens outside universities (hence a black box for engineers), is also – at least for me – a summation of assumptions. We assume so much without noting it anymore: Family, friends and those who care about us. They are all within a black box and we assume that everything is alright, because a long time ago it was like that and since then the assumption that everything is alright has been declared. We saved the information in a black box and never doubted it. Years have passed, family members or friends have deceased or we lost contact to them. Then, only then, the assumptions are rechecked and we find that the range of applicability had been crossed. Life and science are tight together, at least engineers don’t seem to have a life, or they made science their life.

Where am I, where are we staying? What is our life and what is our job? Where does life start and where does the job stop? I don’t know anymore, I lost track of my assumptions. Have to find my notes 🙂

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4 Responses to “Assumptions”


  1. 1 timmy February 1, 2007 at 8:08 am

    just assume youre a nice guy that enjoy your family and friends and that they like you.
    Isn’t that enough?
    Isn’t it you who quoted Einstein and how to simplify?

  2. 2 ferramis February 1, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    It was just one of those days, where I couldn’t damp my inherent disturbances and got convected by the surrounding. Yes it might be enough, but sometimes, one looses track.

  3. 3 Mitch McDad February 3, 2007 at 2:39 am

    I like your blog and your english is excellent.


  1. 1 LaTex, here I come! « wAnNaBe NeRd Trackback on March 3, 2007 at 8:07 pm

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