View single post by Cordwainer
 Posted: Sat Nov 14th, 2009 02:23 am
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I have a theory regarding Einstein that does downplay inspiration and also includes the popular media. So I do hear where Adam is coming from, and perhaps dismissed him too quickly!  I know you're dying to hear my theory :clso here it is-

The brain is like a muscle insofar as it develops with use. Einstein was in a milieu where he used his brain a lot. By the time he was ten he had read Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and Euclid’s Elements.  With friends he met in Bern, Einstein formed a weekly discussion club on science and philosophy, which he jokingly named "The Olympia Academy." Much of his work at the patent office related to questions about electrical-mechanical synchronization of time.  

Also, there was no popular media as we know it then so his brain wasn't made flabby. Popular media might be the equivalent of a Mickey D's cheeseburger as far as brain muscle is concerned.

So I would have to agree that inspiration has been somewhat overly emphasized.

Last edited on Sat Nov 14th, 2009 10:30 am by Cordwainer

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