The Einstein effect

By Melissa Hardiman

By Melissa Hardiman

Walter Isaacson’s biography of Albert Einstein contains 551 pages, plus the endnotes. The book is fascinating starting with the slip cover notes.

The front flap reads: “His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals.”

He points out the link that connects creativity and freedom.

While few of us can master the laws of physics we can address the matter of freedom in mind and spirit. We can also question things that most people take for granted. We have lots of rules that forbid taking various actions. I question many of them. I only recently gave myself permission to watch pornography. I would also like to produce some of my own. I mentioned in an earlier post that our notions of pornography are muddled and contradictory. I think that it could be both entertaining and educational.

We can emulate Einstein’s appetite for freedom of expression, and allow ourselves to question things that are generally accepted as true and valid. We can appreciate our own Einstein effect. I think that would make the world a more interesting place.

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