On Habit By Alain De Botton Analysis

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Science and a traveling mindset are compatible with each other and share some qualities. Alain de Botton in his essay “On Habit,” presents the concept of a traveling mindset. A traveling mindset means seeing everyday places like a great opportunity for adventure. De Botton argues that by paying attention to the details around, people can fight against the boredom of their routine. Also habituation can be reversed by developing a traveling mindset because it helps discovering how things really look and work. De Botton does not go into how this can affect science, but it can be related to the author Lauren Slater’s essay “Who Holds the Clicker?”. In her essay Slater explores the subject of mind control through stimulation of the brain by presenting …show more content…
De Botton says, “ Being closely observed by a companion can inhibit us from observing others, we become taken up with adjusting ourselves to the companion’s questions and remarks, we have to make ourselves seem more normal than is good for our curiosity”(64). De Botton is stating that in order to have the freedom and creativity of a traveling mindset it is better to be alone. When people you with other people they can judge what you are doing or not doing and try to control your actions. People often behave according to their companion so they will not be completely themselves and not pay attention to the things that they will if they were alone. Trying to behave like “normal” does not allow people to express their curiosity because they are more worried about what others think that about what they want. Different from a mind traveler a scientist cannot work alone because there is a chain of command they have to follow. Slater says, “[Mario] had to understand the risks and implications of the procedure and provide his consent. His case was reviewed by three review boards. The FDA, which regulates medical devices, gave its blessing to this experiment. ‘We don't want to repeat the mistakes of the past,’ says Dr. Greenberg, his psychiatrist” (238). Scientists have to get approved to …show more content…
Scientists have to be curious of what is going on around them the same way that a traveling mindset is curious. Receptivity is one of the principal characteristics of a traveling mindset and is good for scientists because they need to understand all the information that is put in front of them. The same way receptivity is good for a scientist, other qualities of the traveling mindset are not so good for science. Traveling alone can be good given that it stops people from trying to fit in and allows them to explore freely, but for scientist is better and needed to have someone with them and be supervised. There are other qualities that scientists need beside the one of a traveling mindset. Science requires an ethical and moral compromise with the subject of the procedure and with society in

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