Dangers of theory without practice

Posted by Mohammed Nazari on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Under: Logic First - Emotion Third
Dangers of theory without practice
Author: Mohammed Nazari

When in 12th grade, there was a 30 page chapter on pine tree life cycle.

On the way from our house to my high school there were almost 1000 pine trees and fallen pine cones all over. In local language the pine cones were called "ghouz kalghak". As kids we throw these pine cone at each other.

Two years after i had finished the high school and in the second year at the university, it happened that someone told me that pine cone was the same  "ghouz kalaghak". I was shocked. I never knew these two were the same. Was I the only one? I was one of the best students after all.

I had spent multiple hours studying the cycle of life of the Pine tree and how one pine cone would become a pine tree. I had answered several questions on the subject. But I'did not know that pine cone was the same "ghouz kalaghak".

After some time I gained the courage to ask some three other previous high school classmates if they knew that these two were the same. Two friends didn't know while the third one was not quite sure.

There were no clear picture of the tree nor the pine cone in the whole 30 page chapter. Our teacher had never tried to bring one pine cone-"ghouz kalaghak" to the class while teaching that chapter. Thousands of those pine cones were fallen all over including the school yard.

We learned how to memorize things without being offered or asking for more explanation?

At times I wonder if our teacher knew  "ghouz kalaghak" was the same pine cone!

This was not the only incident. Again in high school, to clarify my understanding on "molecule attraction" in water, once I asked our chemistry teacher, "Am I breaking the molecule attractions when I insert my finger in the water?" With a very demeaning smirk, he answered "Do you think you can break those tiny molecule attractions by inserting your finger in the water? All of the students laughed at me. I replied, " Then how can I insert my finger in the water? Shouldnt then water be solid?

Yes, my high school teacher with a bachelor degree in chemistry, did not know what molecule attraction is in a practical way.

Lack of practical education, is not only useless but also dangerous since it will convince us to be ok with no practical implication and having useless information.

Stopping at theory and not taking it to a practical level equals stopping to ask "why", "how" and "What for". Killing the idea of critical thinking in us, in all other aspects in life. Memorizing without a purpose to do something with that information.

Theory: how many teeth the horse should have
Practice: counting the horse teeth

Theoretical teaching is simply reading the theory. Practical teaching is a sense of how it works in the real world and how we can use that theory.
Theory can be read, you don't need an instructor while for practical learning an instructor is often needed, one who has "done" it or at least "seen it done".

Do you ask "why", "how" and "What for"?
Do you allow others to ask you "why", "how" and "What for"?
Do you encourage or kill the idea of "critical thinking"?

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A Personal Journey (Speech)

Author: Mohammed Nazari

Please find the link to the YouTube videos below

Part 1:

                               Part 2:

  •  It is amazing, when you have a big "goal" in mind, most other big "problems" look like small "challenges"       
  • Education in Canada is more practical than in the east which is more theoretical. After all you can find the theory in books or online, without needing to go to school.

Reasons for my failure as an employee:

1. Higher Canadian standards and sensitivity level  

2. My defensive behavior    

  •  Blaming  your behavior or action does not mean blaming you as a person
  • One for all, All for one

3. Inability to be honest with my own feelings  

  • Pride that has no basis, doesn't allow you to be honest.

4.  Canadian are too polite to be honest   

  •  If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything
  • Read between the lines


  •  Knowledge of higher/different Canadian standards and simply following versus questioning them
  •  Longer orientation
  •  Welcoming comments and asking for further explanation versus defending our self
  • Being honest with our feelings and abilities:

o   Acknowledging your weakness is a sign of honesty and makes you stronger.

  • Asking versus commenting:

o   Don't assume, ask question

o   Don't comment, ask question

o   Don't judge, ask question

o   When in doubt, ask question

o   When you think you know, ask questions to clarify

o Comments are not welcome, questions are

ยท         What kind of question?

1. Open ended and unbiased questions

2. Yes-No questions to clarify

When you have a car problem whom you ask for help? your Doctor, mother or mechanic.

Although this question seems silly, we make this mistake all the time, asking a professional question from people outside of that profession and building opinions.

  • Ask questions from the right person(s). The ones with proven success.


You will learn more from the successful people who can show you how to succeed.

Unsuccessful people can show you how not to fail the way they did.

 While the pathways to success are few, there are multiple pathways to fail.

Which one is easier and more effective to learn?

 Uncle Google and my cousin YouTube can help you with any questions.

Starting my own business

  •  In order to have a good society/business, good structure is more important than good people.
  •  The main sources of work/interpersonal problems are: communication and expectations.
  •  Interpersonal skills are not just talking nicely but much more importantly is to follow a structure and    framework, even if it is not the best structure.
  • Having a poor structure is better than having no structure

I would I would recommend that you ask my uncle and cousin, Google and YouTube, about the following:


  • Active listening
  •  Critical thinking
  • Yes-No question
  • Open ended question
  • how to be honest with oneself


After all My success and happiness depends on your success and happiness.

Let us make life better for all of us.