Reading Books, Growing Minds # Reason 2


Have you ever heard of Chaos Theory or Butter Fly Effect?


I also didn’t know about this theory until I taught a chapter on Chaos: The Ultimate Asymmetry written by Arthur Fisher from the Best Science Writing Reading and Insights edited by Robert Gannon to B.Tech Students from 2008 to 2011. While teaching this chapter I not only found this theory quite interesting, but truly fascinating! Read why?

What this theory conveys is the idea of “sensitive dependence on initial conditions,” which Jules Henri Poincaré, a French mathematician and physicist explains in 1998 as “ A very small cause which escapes our notice determines a very considerable effect that we cannot fail to see, and then we say that effect is due to the chance…It may happen that very small differences in the initial conditions produce very great ones in the final phenomena.”

I think this theory makes great sense. A small habit, which could be reading a book for 20 minutes or an hour a day over a period of time, can bring enormous results. It is needless to say that small good acts and habits over a period of time bring successful results and bad habits not cared over a period of time produce fatal results. What we generalize is the fact that success is possible because of good luck and failure because of bad luck but the truth is hidden in sensitive dependence on initial conditions.

So, what I suggest is to read good books and work on focusing your sensitive dependence on initial conditions. This sensitive dependence on reading books for 30 minutes or an hour in a day may change the course of your life completely just like the butterfly effect. This effect may be visible when you use your mind to lead your life the way you want and take better decisions to take your life where you want.

This sensitive dependence on reading everyday will strengthen you mind as Joseph Addison says that, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” because studies have shown that reading books sharpens your brain, improves your memory, and power of focus and concentration. Just like exercising strengthens your muscles and tones them and improves the blood circulation in the entire body in the same manner reading good literature and good books improves functioning of your brain, improves your creative faculties, relaxes your mind and deepen your thought process. Reading good books recharge your mind and prepare you to workout efficiently throughout the day without mental and psychological exhaustion.

Like body needs vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats and proteins for its proper growth and development in the same manner books on different subjects from important areas of your life like : Health and Fitness, Mind Power and Wisdom Literature, Business and Its Growth, finance and its Management, Family and its care and Fulfilling Spiritual Needs, feed and nourish your mind and make you resistant and strong to navigate successfully in every day workforce dynamics and prepare you to meet the personal challenges effectively. And therefore, along with physical exercise, it is important for you to join the mental gym as well.

I am sure after reading this post you are ready to join the mental gym along with me and ready to work out. Aren’t you?


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