I am an educator and a learner with curious mind. In my view asking questions is a powerful way of learning. When we read research publications that interest us, and feel an urge to know more about the topic – its origin, its development and its future research directions – intriguing questions come to our minds. Listening to researchers addressing and answering such questions is an opportunity to learn. Here at Bridging the Gaps I invite researchers, explorers and thought leaders from around the world and ask such questions. The aim is to have discussions that are informative, are inline with academic style, and are based on original research. The challenge is, there are so many questions and there is very little time.
There are interesting questions out there, some new and some as old as is our ability to think and imagine. There are fascinating questions about our existence, about our brain, about our minds such as how and why we experience awareness and consciousness; there are questions about our history, and about our future as a civilization; there are questions about the universe, its origin, its structure and its ultimate fate. And there are questions about the way we live, learn, and manage our lives. And there are researchers and explorers out there who are trying to answer these questions.
One of the most stimulating aspects of doing research is that researchers, through their research, try to address known questions. However the process of finding answers to known questions, almost always leads to new questions. Thus research is not only an act of finding answers to known questions, it is also the process of discovering new and unknown questions.
Here, at Bridging the Gaps you will find discussions with researchers, explorers and thought leaders. In these discussions you will not only find questions that are being addressed by the cutting edge research, you will also find hints of the emerging questions and future research directions. Some of these emerging questions are so intriguing, so beautiful, so fascinating, that it is hard to imagine that how it would be like to have answers to these question and it is hard to imagine the new questions these answers would lead to. Thus, it is important that we keep asking questions and learn to appreciate the curiosity that underpins these questions. Asking questions will keep fueling curious minds. In my view, a touch of curiosity supported by the ability to think critically is what makes good researchers, explorers and leaders.