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  1. #1 An academic problem 
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    I will try and be as straight to the point as I can...

    I'm a young indecisive human that wants to change the world; a dreamer.
    I've realised the academic need demanded by society to put anything for practice, at least in a scientific field.
    The problem is that the area I want to work with is very broad and multi-disciplinary, a holistic view on physics that embodies all other natural sciences, from biology to neuroscience to psychology. In my view they are all of the same thing. The more I learn about any topic the more relation I see in the other sciences, the more the "system of life" makes sense to me... I love philosophy and you could say my approach is philosophical in a way.

    I want to develop a thesis on how these are all inter-related, I feel as though I could go into a multitude of depth if I acquired knowledge in any of the fields, and prove a lot of valuable ideas if I had the power... It probably sounds pretentious. I want to connect all sciences as under one umbrella, they all work as one. Actually what I've found as I've been looking at possibilities, is that as science develops the courses become more inter-disciplined.

    I don't feel very willing to spend several years studying specific courses (this is to my understanding what academia requires). I don't think that the structure of these educational levels are very good. In-fact it's something else I'd like to change - the education system, among several other things. I know I'm not the only one.

    Why don't I feel willing?
    I don't want to condition my knowledge, understanding and concepts.
    I don't want to spend years of my life going through a process of conforming data. I don't want to experience years of my life conforming to something.
    I love to travel, self-explore, etc. limiting myself doesn't feel like an option. Being attached to something doesn't feel like an option.

    Of all the academics I've viewed that relate to what I express, the closest I've come to is systems biology, or theoretical physics. Studying either wouldn't give me the power to experiment with the information I have. I would need a background that allows me to merge psychology, sociology, biology, evolutionary theory, neuroscience, and something like astronomy (universal physics) to connect them and explain their inter-connectivity.

    The more I reach outwards into describing what I do the better idea I get of what I want to do. For example, while writing this. I want to merge science with philosophy and show the connection between all sciences, so that people can be more observant of the inter-connectivity of the fields.
    They are as one. I want to show relations in all of them, (i.e. psychology to biology, evolutionary theory to neuroscience, etc.) put them to theory then start putting into practice with experiments and physical data.

    Sorry if I gave you a headache, I gave myself one. Thinking about this is getting tiring. I'd just like some interesting ideas, some guidance. I need to take action outside of the box...

    Thank you if you've bothered to read. I'm really searching....

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    I would need a background that allows me to merge psychology, sociology, biology, evolutionary theory, neuroscience, and something like astronomy (universal physics) to connect them and explain their inter-connectivity.
    And to do that you need to get on top of a lot of academic work. You may not like the idea. But the freedom to be creative, especially in a multi-disciplinary endeavour, is a freedom granted only to those who've put in the hard yards in more than one relevant field.

    You have to start somewhere.

    You can't 'explain' how things are connected or inter-connected unless you have really, truly mastered them. And a unifying overview is available only to those who've done the maths, the physics and come to grips with at least one of the biological sciences, as well as finding the time to get a handle on some philosophy and some psychology or sociology. All of these require high-level maths skills. Calculus for physics, statistics for biology and psychology or sociology - and a deep conceptual mathematical approach if you're ever going to deal with logic notation in philosophy.

    Perhaps you could look at your educational process as being like throwing a rock in a pool. Start with a maths/science area that looks doable. Then as you gain knowledge and skill, the ripples can take you progressively through the necessary stages until you've got the whole pool covered. And if along the way you find a particularly fascinating area and you specialise to deal with that in depth rather than go for the broad and shallow approach you started out with, you'll have found something you really want to do. Who could ask for more.

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    I further appreciate your comment now I've had some time to think over my options and get down to what it is I really want to do. I've now been in India over fourth months, I've been working as an apprentice in agriculture. I'm confident on my decision to go into an Access course which normally only lasts a year, I'm not entirely sure what disciplines I will go into yet, I will have to go to the college and get a better idea of what it's all about. Access course tends to equate to A-level studies, however, should I want to keep my options open to go to Cambridge I will have to take A-level mathematics along-side the access course, as Diploma in mathematics isn't acceptable for the types of courses available at Cambridge. The other universities I've looked at incl. Oxford do not interest me.

    So... Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
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    The only problem many authors have is discussing interconnected ideas in a linear book format. Sciences become more enriching over time, usually once people learn the basics terminology of laws from which other things develop. For example, your book would probably start with physics but all at once you would have to discuss chemistry and physics all at the same time. The further you would move along the continuum, the more variables would come to light and require discussion. It is definitely a great idea and anyone seeking to popularize science and make it more accessible is onto something much needed in our age. Good luck!
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