A Touch of Genius Posted on July 19, 2007 by Hamo Why wasn’t Albert a church leader?… “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It take a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” Albert Einstein
hey!! I used that months ago….you thief!!
“Why wasn’t Albert a church leader”
I understand that a belief in God is a prerequisite (according to rumour however that is not necessarily the case in the High Anglican Church. . .)
hmm.. I was fairly sure he believed in God. I could be wrong.
ah… I found this on the Wiki:
“Einstein defined his religious views in a letter he wrote in response to those who claimed that he worshipped a Judeo-Christian god: “It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.””
“I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.”
What was that he said about complexity vs simplicity?
fair call Toddy!
I reckon he can’t be that smart cause he couldn’t figure out where to get a decent hair cut 🙂
Ahh Hamo – he didn’t need a haircut because he KNEW it was all relative.
Hey! Just realised, it wasnt einstein who had that quote it was E.F. Schumacher.
where did you find that said it was einstein??
DUnno who it was but I have always seen it attributed either to Mr Fuzzy Head or to ‘unknown’
It is more in Schumacher’s style though. Albert gets enough attributed to him as it is.
What is kind of amusing is that Hamo used the quote in the context of a question “Why wasn’t Albert a church leader?” If you change that to “Why wasn’t Ernst a church leader” the answer you get is quite different to the one you’d give for Albert.
Schumacher believed that once a person accepted that man was created by God with a designated purpose, then politics, economics and art had value only for the end of helping man reach a higher plane of existence.
Schumacher actually saw in Einstein the embodiment of one of the three ills of the modern world because Einstein’s theories had the effect of undermining absolutes.
Weird Hamo! And thanks for the bump Bek – I’d have never had to think about this if you hadn’t!