Warren Berger’s “A More Beautiful Question” defines a beautiful question as “an ambitious yet actionable question that can begin to shift the way we perceive or think about something—and that might serve as a catalyst to bring about change”. This idea of a “beautiful question” has helped me rethink the way I ask questions depending on my intentions for asking them. In using this definition to structure my own beautiful question I originally came up with the question of; “Why would establishing a mathematical definition/standard for beauty aid the understanding of facial aesthetics and its role in medicine?”. My inspiration for developing such question came from my passion for mathematics which has drawn me to question the myriad ways we can apply it to our everyday lives and use it to solve current problems. I’ve encountered many people throughout my academic journey who are not only repulsed by mathematics due to its apparent complexity, but are drawn away from it because it appears irrelevant to their interests. For this very reason, I chose to form this question as a way to challenge such close-minded ideas and to prove that math can be applied to almost anything. After listening to a few presentations by professors who applied their area of study to the topic however, I reworked my question further as I gained more perspectives on the notion of asking questions. Professor Harald Thorsrud’s presentation in specific made me challenge the ethical components of my question. His presentation, revolving around ethics, touched upon the idea that although a question can be considered under Berger’s definition, “beautiful”, in the sense that it serves as a catalyst for change, it does not mean that the change is positive. The example he used to show this was a man’s question that led to the creation of 3D printed guns. In inventing a way of making guns more accessible to the public, society is put in danger, which then makes others doubt the “beauty” of this question in general. Professor Thorsrud brought up the point of weather or not this question could even be considered beautiful if it has such negative and unethical consequences, to which he then responded with the idea of beauty being subjective. He stressed that if beauty is truly is in the eye of the beholder, then even morally unacceptable ideas may be considered “beautiful”. While it may be easy to believe that Berger should specify what kind of “change” should be catalyzed by the question being asked, and integrate the idea of ethics in his definition of a “beautiful question”, it is important to understand his original message. Berger is focused on the structure of the question as opposed to the idea behind it. Under his definition, the beauty of the question lies in the way it is asked rather than what is being asked. Therefore, a “beautiful” question is one that has the ability to bring about change weather that be positive or negative. For this reason, the idea of ethics helped me reconsider my beautiful question as I challenged the “beauty” of my original idea, as opposed to the question itself. My new question being “Is it ethical to establish a mathematical standard for beauty that could potentially aid the understanding of facial aesthetics and its role in medicine?”, can be categorized as “beautiful” in the sense that it is (in my opinion), impossible to answer without research and open-mindedness. It is a question that challenges the current ideas of mathematics, beauty and ethics, and has the potential to influence the understanding of facial aesthetics and medicine.
Nothing will bring George Floyd back to life. There’s nothing to celebrate in a jury doing its job in finding Derek Chauvin guilty. But in a country where police are rarely held criminally liable for murdering people, especially Black and brown people, this moment matters.
The jury's verdict delivers accountability for Derek Chauvin, but not justice for George Floyd. Real justice for him and too many others can only happen when we build a nation that fundamentally respects the human dignity of every person. https://twitter.com/AP/status/1384616336899313667
Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin convicted of murder and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd.
Floyd’s death stirred worldwide protests against racism after video showed Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee on his neck.
BREAKING: Derek Chavin has been found guilty of second and third-degree murder and manslaughter of George Floyd
When I applied for my PhD I was rejected from every program. One faculty member told me I would never be a community engaged researcher or complete a PhD program b/c of my GRE scores. They weren’t great but I did well in my master’s prog.
Before the push against face masks, there was the push against seat belts.
Seat belts save lives. Should they be optional at low speed because the risk is lower?
We can always stop the car to buckle up as soon as speed exceeds 30 mph, right?
Face masks save lives...