Three million visits and “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out”

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srSbAazoOr8

The Bird Ecology Study Group’s website just passed the 3 million visits mark… after a little more than seven years of operation. For a website dealing mainly with birds, we are not doing too badly.

To commemorate the occasion, we are showing the 1981 video clip of the late Nobel Laureate Richard P Feynman speaking on The Pleasure of Finding Things Out.

Those who believe in what we are doing will find inspiration in the clip (at 6.15 minutes onwards) on how he learnt from his father the difference between “knowing the name of something and knowing something” – as represented by the quotation below.

“You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird… So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing – that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.” ~Nobel Laureate Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988).

We are happy to have located the link, thanks to Dr Tan Wee Kiat, publisher of Singapore Stamps and Money: One for the Birds LINK.

YC Wee
Singapore
September 2012

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6 Responses

  1. Wow this is fantastic !!! I must congratulate all that have contributed to the success of this blog,
    and especially to Y C Wee who had the vision and stamina to get this blog going … Cheers !!!

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  2. Congratulations YC! The success of BESG is due mainly to the “the exquisite pleasure of finding things out.” Bagus lah!

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    • Thanks KC and KF. But I am only the middleman. Credit must go to you all – the contributors, without whom there would be no posts. Not to forget the people behind the scene who create and maintain the website. And yes, the pleasure of finding things out besides the names – this is what keeps everyone going… Ah, to be Top Dog…

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  3. Wow.. great article. thanks a lot for sharing

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  4. […] Dr. Wee beginning his lecture with a favourite ornithologist’s quote LINK. […]

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  5. […] all, there are more to birds than just their names (see above and this LINK. And BESGroup is committed to knowing something about that bird, not just its name. Now in its 11th […]

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