Yesterday I went to a conference in London about education and human development. Four people presented and about 45 people attended. The presentations were all very good and there was a good balance between theory and practice so it was quite interdisciplinary. Most of the audience members were students from the university that was hosting the event and most of them were getting their Master's degrees in education or some branch of it - I think I was the only political philosopher there.
After each presentation there was about a 10 minute tea break during which people chatted with each other. I had the pleasure of starting a conversation with the first speaker who was a professor at Lewis University in Illinois. I first told her that I really enjoyed her presentation and then started to tell her about my theory of natural diversity. She seemed very interested in hearing more but before we knew it, the break was over. We continued the conversation during lunch and it was then that I seemed to convince her of my theory. Towards the end of the conference she told me that I should present my idea even though it's still early in development. I thought about it for a bit and decided that I would do it. What's interesting is that when I first heard about the conference I was thinking about presenting, but I eventually decided against it because I didn't want to be over ambitious.
Anyways, after the last presenter gave her talk the professor made a comment on how I should give a quick introduction to my theory. I then promptly added that it would be an honor for me to share my ideas. To my surprise everyone was quite willing to hear my theory, so I got up and told them about natural diversity. I was extremely nervous and excited at the same time. I couldn't believe that I was actually going to share my ideas at a conference. On the whole, the talk went well. I spoke for about 10 minutes and then answered a few questions.
After the conference ended a few people came up to me and told me how inspiring I was because I spoke with so much passion. They then told me that they agreed with what I said and that they couldn't wait to read my dissertation. I was overwhelmed with joy. To have my work appreciated is truly an honor and it only fuels my determination to publish. Yesterday's event reaffirms my conviction that something must be done to fight against the restriction of the development of the natural diversity of life pursuits.