albert einstein

albert einstein bw

funny.. often people say.. self-directedness is really only for a few. a special few. they say – there are only so many einsteins.. and yet… the man himself was all about – this being a narrative for 100% of humanity. no?

quotes abound, picking this one for now:

einstein quote

[more on this one from Steve ]

ok.. and this one:


one reason

cure for curiosity

is so resonating.

and why we’re thinking a curiosity app may just placebo us into that narrative.. for 100% of us experiencing betterness.

ridiculous… no. not really. good bye cycle ness.

we cannot solve our problems einstein

einstein insanity law:

einstein insanity law


Interesting description of his ed via Teresa Amabile, via Chris‘s In Defense of Childhood – protecting kids inner wildness:

As a child, Einstein attended rigid, militaristic lower schools, where he was a less than illustrious student. Then, as the age of fifteen, he ended up enrolling in a Swiss boarding school after he failed his university entrance exams. Fortunately, this school stressed the students’ need to search for knowledge on their own terms. There was little emphasis on memorization; instead the focus was on individual lab work, student-initiated investigations, and relaxed, democratic exchanges between students and teachers. Einstein later wrote about the school: 

It made an unforgettable impression on me, thanks to its liberal spirit and the simple earnestness of the teachers who based themselves on no external authority… 

It was at this new high school that Einstein devised the first experiment that would eventually lead him to the theory of relativity.

Amabile found that the personality trait all (hundreds of well-known creative individuals) shared was independence, which she defined as an absence of conformity in thinking and an absence of dependence on the approval of others. Creative people look first to themselves for an assessment of the quality of their creations, and only secondarily to the opinions of others...    p. 66-67


fav pic of einstein.. – huge into play..



logic will take you einstein


via Armando Silva:



from book – on a beam of light – curated by Maria:

eisntein on a beam

he often chose his clothes for thinking…


Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein


a fellow who does things einstein


All that is truly great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. – Albert Einstein


quote first heard from Richard Davidson:

einstein quote davidson

free ourselves.. by widening our circles of compassion..

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. – Einstein


this isn’t (doesn’t need to be ) rare.

imagine – facilitating authenticity…

finding all the geniuses inside.. waiting to be seen/heard/loved.


jack et al

and imagine if we called – facilitating curiosity – school – in the city – as the day?

7 billion such researchers/entrepreneurs/happy people.. no?


Einstein writes to his 11 yr old son…


never give up image

[image by Simon Ensor – which he shared with #rhizo14 fb group – with quote below. when asked if it was depicting noah’s ark – he responded – I have no idea what you may see. and then – Taking stock at the moment and drawing is a nagging presence that refuses to be filed away.]

Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”  – Einstein


on war via Maria:

In 1931, the Institute for Intellectual Cooperation invited the renowned physicist to a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas about politics and peace with a thinker of his choosing. He selected Sigmund Freud, born on May 6, 1856, whom he had met briefly in 1927 and whose work, despite being skeptical of psychoanalysis, the legendary physicist had come to admire.

. A series of letters followed, discussing the abstract generalities of human nature and the potential concrete steps for reducing violence in the world.


Political leaders or governments owe their power either to the use of force or to their election by the masses. They cannot be regarded as representative of the superior moral or intellectual elements in a nation. In our time, the intellectual elite does not exercise any direct influence on the history of the world; the very fact of its division into many factions makes it impossible for its members to co-operate in the solution of today’s problems.


This is the problem: Is there any way of delivering mankind from the menace of war?


Thus I am led to my first axiom: The quest of international security involves the unconditional surrender by every nation, in a certain measure, of its liberty of action — its sovereignty that is to say – -and it is clear beyond all doubt that no other road can lead to such security.


How is it possible for this small clique to bend the will of the majority, who stand to lose and suffer by a state of war, to the service of their ambitions. … An obvious answer to this question would seem to be that the minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well, under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and makes its tool of them.


I know that in your writings we may find answers, explicit or implied, to all the issues of this urgent and absorbing problem. But it would be of the greatest service to us all were you to present the problem of world peace in the light of your most recent discoveries, for such a presentation well might blaze the trail for new and fruitful modes of action.


freud: But then I realized that you did not raise the question in your capacity of scientist or physicist, but as a lover of his fellow men…


Freud argues that shared identification and a sense of community are a better bastion of order than force:

Thus the union of the people must be permanent and well organized; it must enact rules to meet the risk of possible revolts; must set up machinery insuring that its rules — the laws — are observed and that such acts of violence as the laws demand are duly carried out. This recognition of a community of interests engenders among the members of the group a sentiment of unity and fraternal solidarity which constitutes its real strength. …


freud: Paradoxical as its sounds, we must admit that warfare well might serve to pave the way to that unbroken peace we so desire, for it is war that brings vast empires into being, within whose frontiers all warfare is proscribed by a strong central power.


Freud brings his theory back to the present predicament, proposing that there is only one certain way of ending war — establishing, by consensus, a centralized body of control that resolves all such conflicts of interest. But that necessitates certain conditions, which at the time remained — as they do today — unmet:


freud: Our logic is at fault if we ignore the fact that right is founded on brute force and even today needs violence to maintain it.

oh my.

Freud then sets forth the most compelling portion of his theory, which deals with the dual capacity for good and evil in human nature, and argues that these two seemingly opposing forces operate in necessary unison:

oh my.. like saying we can’t love w/out aggressive hate.. not sure eros is opposite of hate..

freud: That men are divided into the leaders and the led is but another manifestation of their inborn and irremediable inequality.


not us ness.. we created this idea of leader.. no?


freud: The ideal conditions would obviously be found in a community where every man subordinated his instinctive life to the dictates of reason. Nothing less than this could bring about so thorough and so durable a union between men, even if this involved the severance of mutual ties of sentiment. But surely such a hope is utterly utopian, as things are. The other indirect methods of preventing war are certainly more feasible, but entail no quick results.

a nother way..


Unless our civilization achieves the moral strength to overcome this evil, ..


from Greg:

1/31/16 5:14 AM
The One Thing Nobody Ever Tells You About What It Takes To Succeed –…
huge – einstein story et al

The Not So Prodigal Son

Near the turn of the century, the son of a well-to-do industrialist, recently graduated from university, found himself poorly married, with a young child and unemployed.  He fell into a deep depression, became nearly suicidal and wrote to his sister in a letter:

What depresses me most is the misfortune of my poor parents who have not had a happy moment for so many years.  What further hurts me deeply is that as an adult man, I have to look on without being able to do anything.  I am nothing but a burden to my family…It would be better off if I were not alive at all.

His father would pass away a few years later.  By that time, the young Albert Einstein did find work as a lowly government clerk. Soon after, in 1905, he unleashed four papers in quick succession that would change the world.  It was an accomplishment so remarkable that it is now referred to as his miracle year.

It would still be another seven years before Einstein finally got a job as a university professor and even longer before he became the world famous icon we know today. Yet still, much of the rebellious young man remained and he retained his perspective as an outsider, which helped bring about his famous debates with Bohr that shaped physics for decades.

His early frustrations most probably also played a role in his resiliency during the backlash against him and his “Jewish physics” after the Nazis rose to power, as well as his generosity toward younger scientists and even little girls struggling with their math homework. Einstein’s ideas made him a great scientist, but his humanity made him a legend.


einstein and gravitational waves feb 2016

glad he wasn’t obsessed with proof of learning.. no?


Maria Popova (@brainpicker) tweeted at 6:01 AM – 18 Apr 2019 :
Einstein died on this day in 1955 and left this timeless, timely message to posterity – that is, to us (

Our time is rich in inventive minds, the inventions of which could facilitate our lives considerably. We are crossing the seas by power and utilize power also in order to relieve humanity from all tiring muscular work. We have learned to fly and we are able to send messages and news without any difficulty over the entire world through electric waves.

However, the production and distribution of commodities is entirely unorganized so that everybody must live in fear of being eliminated from the economic cycle, in this way suffering for the want of everything..t

begs we let go and trust ourselves.. ie: the have/need ness of an undisturbed ecosystem

Furthermore, people living in different countries kill each other at irregular time intervals, so that also for this reason anyone who thinks about the future must live in fear and terror. This is due to the fact that the intelligence and character of the masses are incomparably lower than the intelligence and character of the few who produce something valuable for the community.


wikipedia small

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). Einstein’s work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. Einstein is best known by the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”). He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”, a pivotal step in the evolution of quantum theory.


theory of relativity ness


doc – nova – inside einstein’s mind – 2015 – 53 min

didn’t talk at ‘normal’ age.. thinks it helped him become good at visual ‘thought experiments’

one man.. all alone working on problem

32 min – equal sign.. 2 lines.. 2 way.. force and time

36 min – when came to us.. at uni.. was still working on own

37 min – he was very much aware there was so much left to do.. until his last days.. he was trying to push these equations and find a description of nature.. in terms of relativity and time

‘all great theories end up beyond the imaginations of the inventors themselves.. today we understand relativity much better than einstein did’

41 min – today: while the test clock was up the mtn.. time sped up.. this distortion of time.. gps units use the results of gen relativity.. thanks to einstein

42 min – ‘black holes are made from warped space and time and nothing else.. it’s just a black black shadow’

45 min – big bang as a given

47 min – janna levin – on the only ‘unsolved’ – gravitational waves.. could open an entirely new window on the universe

49 min – today (at institute for adv studies – where einstein worked) working on problem einstein could never solve.. holy grail of physics.. rules for both cosmic and atomic scales.. a unifying theory

stage set for the next revolution

let’s do that for people.. ie: networked individualism.. augmenting interconnectedness..

what the world needs most.. is the energy of 7bn alive people.. so let’s focus on getting back/to an undisturbed ecosystem

51 min – ‘was one man.. now a small group of people.. working on trying to understand uni by reflecting on itself’

needs to be all of us.. everyday..


einstein quantum riddle (doc)


Peter Joseph (@ZeitgeistFilm) tweeted at 7:07 PM on Wed, Jan 15, 2020:
“Although I am a typical loner in my daily life, my awareness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has prevented me from feelings of isolation.”
― Albert Einstein


einstein problem law


einstein’s dreams