“The only really valuable thing is intuition.” – Albert Einstein
Daily Nugget of Gold 1085
Albert Einstein and His Dilemma
In our last session, we talked about some of the astonishing discoveries made by science. Seated in a point in time which was the bridge between what we used to think about our objective world and what we now know about it was this brilliant physicist and while his lifetime was a passionate pursuit of the hidden truth of things, where this pursuit was headed was unsettling to him to say the least. Yet, as the truth began to unfold, Einstein eventually voiced it, although it would be safe to say he was dismayed about it.
Said he on the possibility that quantum physics might be true:
“I find the idea quite intolerable that an electron exposed to radiation should choose of its own free will, not only its moment to jump off, but also its direction. In that case I would rather be a cobbler, or even an employee in a gaming-house, than a physicist.” – Albert Einstein
[I can’t accept quantum mechanics because] “I like to think the moon is there even if I am not looking at it.”– Albert Einstein
But then as the reality began to sink into him that things were not as he originally thought they were:
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein
“People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” – Albert Einstein
“When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.” – Albert Einstein
Reality and time, only an illusion? Wow, that’s powerful stuff! Consider his feelings towards quantum physics in the beginning and then imagine the difficulty he had in making some of the same exact observations the quantum scientists forwarded. Einstein wasn’t alone in his contempt for the quantum world, and he still isn’t. Even as quantum physics as a theory is clearly being shown to be our most reliable and powerful tool for understanding the physics of the very small, scientists today still struggle with the concept that mind may be the ultimate tool in creating our physical world.
Let’s get around to some conclusions on what all of this may mean for our lives, that’s where the rubber hits the road, isn’t it? We’ll do that for you next time!
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“If reality were to be an illusion, why does it exist as we know it?”
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