Jeremy's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team T.B.D.

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Cambridge, MA

JEREMY ENGLAND

Biophysicist
MIT

“Everyone has an opportunity to differentiate themselves into the person who's the best in the world at this thing that's never been done before.”

INTERESTS:

Education Science

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Individualism Pressure Talent Exploration Inspiration Goals Self-Reflection Confidence Experience

FOUNDATION:

Learning and Being Challenged

TAGS:

biology, biophysics, creating, criticism, discovery, experiment, how things work, imitation, intuitive, knowledge, language, learning, parents, people, physics, school, science, set path, structure, unique

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Calls biophysics "thrilling," but also says it's "a big mess," which makes him carefully choose which problems to tackle.
  • Says that when we learn about science from the outside, we only learn the theories that have already been well-defined.
  • From the inside, scientific discoveries are all about confronting something you don't have a name for yet.
  • Says that there's always someone who can lay out a set path for you, but you'll hit a ceiling.
  • Doesn't advocate for ignoring the advice of others, but says you definitely need to set yourself apart at some point.
  • When he was a child, he wrote a paper; his parents edited it heavily, he realized he could never make something of "his own" if others were editing him.
  • Thinks it's miraculous how humans learn to create new things, have new ideas when all we have are examples of what's been done.
  • In the same way that kids learn words, then build unique sentences, it's crucial to take your skills, then create your own unique path.

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