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Quote of the Day:
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds".
Albert Einstein

PickledRick 8 May 23

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He has a few.

Coldo Level 8 May 23, 2018

It sounds pompous but it seems to be true. The interesting thing for me is . These great thinkers can threaten the status quo, our comfort zone, but they also bring innovation.


Good post and excellent comments!!


"There is a lordly solitude which giants and geniuses find essential" Victor Hugo

That’s a great quote. I was looking at Nietzsche’s quotes on loneliness, not all of them in favour of it. I think this one is sublime: What do you plan to do in the land of the sleepers? You have been floating in a sea of solitude, and the sea has borne you up. At long last, are you ready for dry land? Are you ready to drag yourself ashore?


So Einstein used the word spirit. Athiests? Hear that? Albert thought he had one.

I drink spirits...that doesn't mean I think I have one.

Once and for all, re Einstein's atheism:
An abridgement of the letter from Albert Einstein to Eric Gutkind from Princeton in January 1954:
"... I read a great deal in the last days of your book, and thank you very much for sending it to me. What especially struck me about it was this. With regard to the factual attitude to life and to the human community we have a great deal in common.

... The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. These subtilised interpretations are highly manifold according to their nature and have almost nothing to do with the original text. For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything 'chosen' about them.

In general I find it painful that you claim a privileged position and try to defend it by two walls of pride, an external one as a man and an internal one as a Jew. As a man you claim, so to speak, a dispensation from causality otherwise accepted, as a Jew the privilege of monotheism. But a limited causality is no longer a causality at all, as our wonderful Spinoza recognized with all incision, probably as the first one. And the animistic interpretations of the religions of nature are in principle not annulled by monopolisation. With such walls we can only attain a certain self-deception, but our moral efforts are not furthered by them. On the contrary.

Now that I have quite openly stated our differences in intellectual convictions it is still clear to me that we are quite close to each other in essential things, ie in our evaluations of human behaviour. What separates us are only intellectual 'props' and 'rationalisation' in Freud's language. Therefore I think that we would understand each other quite well if we talked about concrete things. With friendly thanks and best wishes

Yours, A. Einstein

@Taladad I am 5 years sober, but with you in spirit.

@LoneJungle Hopefully you will stay on this site, your retort to the comment is needed on this site to correct the misinterpreted posts. Earn points and stay. 👍

@Taladad, @LoneJungle
"But also, everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man. In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is surely quite different from the religiosity of someone more naive.

With cordial greetings,

your A. Einstein"

@CallMeDave: Far from me to presume to speak for Einstein, but I would interpret this use of "superior spirit" as code for that which even a brain such as his is too small to comprehend (perhaps, as a mere beginning, this spirit being the unification Hawking was looking for?), the contemplation of which, on the edge of such unfathomable immensity, is so vertiginous as to merit alluding to a religious experience.


Happened to Einstein in Germany. Why he left


Einstein didn't do too badly. He published in 1905 and was already well recognized in Physics by 1908-9.

It is much worse in medicine. Ignaz Semmelweis was already dead before Joseph Lister vindicated his theory of antiseptic medicine, and it took a century for the largest medical school in Hungary to rename itself Semmelweis University.

Dr Frederick Klenner published his clinical research on vitamin C in 1949, and it is still ignored 69 years later. Meanwhile young people frequently die of flu who might be easily cured by Klenner's techniques.


What kind of spirits. Jack Daniels perhaps ???




Ain't that the truth - happening all aroudn us at the moment

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