The Blessing & Curse Of A Logical Mind

I consider myself to be strongly left-brained.  This means that I am much more logical and analytical rather than expressive and creative.  At least, I think this to be true.

Generally speaking, this was reflected in my elementary school and high school grades.  I always put forth minimal effort in my math and science classes, and brought home solid A’s.  On the other hand, my English, literature, writing, history and art classes were always a hassle.  No matter how much effort I put into them, I’d usually be lucky to get a B-.  Honestly, I didn’t really like these classes, probably because of my difficulty with them, which made the studies even worse.

While this changed at some time in college, where suddenly I couldn’t get enough history and literature, I still feel I am strongly in the left-brain camp.

See, with math and science, you only need to learn the basics.  From the basics, you logically extrapolate the intermediate material, the advanced material, and the master-level material.  It all builds upon the last layer, like a beautiful, logical, scientific pyramid.  Analytic geometry flows naturally from basic arithmetic. In my last post, I mentioned my love of math, in this case of prime numbers and factors of numbers.  I expect to mention this more in future posts.  Science is the same way…

Well, except for one science: Biology.  I had one heck of a time with biology in high school.  It was the only science that I couldn’t walk through and get an A; in fact, if my memory is correct, I got a C.  This bugged the heck out of me for years – I was used to my science grades being easy A’s.  But then, one day, I finally figured it out: Biology was less of a science, in the sense that the basic layers don’t form the foundation for the next layers.  At least for me, and my left-brain, I couldn’t extrapolate the more advanced topics from the less advanced.  It was all memorization of definitions, results, theory, and exceptions.  For me, rote memorization is difficult, tedious, and illogical.

Now, I’m not saying that biology is not a science.  I know it is a science, but it is a science I do not comprehend easily.  Because I don’t get it, I admire and respect those to whom it comes with less effort.  Way to go doctors, ecologists, biomechanical engineers and exobiologists – you folks rock!

So, I can read about biological issues, and comprehend them, but I don’t expect to make any breakthroughs in the biological sciences, ever.  I’ll leave that to the experts.

Just leave the logic and math to me.