About Haroon


English, Punjabi, Urdu

Areas of Expertise

Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic, Cold War, Foundations of Mathematics

An idea worth spreading

People should, following the great philosopher of science Paul Feyerabend, learn the art of defending the absurdest ideas. This is a necessary component of your creativity and confidence. All ideas, even the most scientific ones, were met with disdain and utter shock at their seeming unreasonableness. For example Newton's ideas were met with disdain by Descartes. They were the most extraordinary claims. Descartes said: 'Newton you want me to believe that atoms are not only intelligent but that they have souls that they attract each other from million of miles away." The most conventional ideas were met with a lot of disapproval. And thus ideas which have perished because they are not popular anymore can be resuscitated through concerted efforts. If you look at the history of ideas, ideas prevailed not because they were good but because of the stubborness of its proponents, the funding they were able to acquire, and the many contradictions its proponents were willing to ignore.

I'm passionate about

Creativity, Sufism, Aesthetics, History, Homeschooling, Anarchism, M*A*S*H.

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Creativity, homeschooling, career choices (in the process of making one).

Comments & conversations

Haroon Agha
Posted over 3 years ago
How can we empower kids to reshape the education system? *A TEDActive Education Project Question*
Hi Adora. I wonder if students are as conscious of the education process as you are. They will only recommend cosmetic changes to the schooling system, which will not bring about any substantial change and not deal with the pathologies that beset this system. Being a teacher I gave my students many alternative ideas, but only a handful responded. Others only thought about cosmetic changes to the schooling system. Like it or not, most of humanity conforms. Just because something is there, they feel inclined to consider it legitimate, and any changes to that order of things brings about anxiety. There is a great book by Eric Fromm which talks about this: Fear of Freedom.
Haroon Agha
Posted over 3 years ago
How to train my self to be creative?
Read Paul Feyerabend's Three Dialogues on Knowledge. On how to defend the craziest ideas, the most outrageous ideas. This will help you defend your creative instincts from insults and disheartening comments. So once you have this outer garb of protection, creativity can prosper within, and can be brought out without fear of ridicule.