Bain: some audacious goals
Reading page 33 of What the Best College Students Do. Talking about Jeff Hawkins, pioneer in computer industry:
By the time Jeff entered Cornell as an 18 year old freshman, he had made a list of four great questions he wanted to pursue. First, why does anything exist? “Nothing seems more plausible than something,” he explained long after he had fathered the first successful mobile computing device and helped build Palm and Handspring into billion dollar corporations. Second, given that a universe does exist, why do we have the particular laws of physics that we do? Why is it that we have an electromagnetic field, or that $$E=mc^2$$? he mused. Third, why do we have life, and what is its nature? Finally, given that life exists, what’s the nature of intelligence? … Jeff received good grades, but never placed at the top of the class. “I did what I have to do in a class,” he said, “but I didn’t freak out about making the best grades.” He usually sat in the front row, paid attention, and did the work, but he focused on what fascinated him. Because simple answers never satisfied, he probed for deeper explanations. “In magic, that meant asking not just how the trick was done, but how anyone could be fooled by it.
Pretty astounding questions and practices for an 18 year-old.