Confucius said: "At fifteen my heart was set on learning" (Analects 2:4). Quoting this, Professor Park asked, "I presume you all are older than 15. Is your heart set on learning?" Silence ensued. Finally, he said, "You are scientists; you should love learning."
Then I said, "Learning is not what scientists do. Scientists learn just enough so that they can do research." The professor thought about it for a while; then he said, "I think such reply is only possible from one who is into the discipline. Thank you."
Is this a difference between scientists and philosophers? Is it a good thing that most scientists don't bother to learn outside of their specialties? Was my reply that unexpected? Science, after all, is about producing knowledge, not consuming it.