Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Einstein on the mysterious

Someone shared with me a short essay written by Einstein on life and I thought it was so interesting that I would like to share it with you guys.

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery -- even if mixed with fear -- that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man... I am satisfied with the mystery of life's eternity and with a knowledge, a sense, of the marvelous structure of existence -- as well as the humble attempt to understand even a tiny portion of the Reason that manifests itself in nature."

Reading this, I can't help but feel the same attitude towards life. It is good to see a scientist who can understand and appreciate the "unknowns" if you will. Rather then denouncing spirituality, he seems to acknowledge that we need to be able to merge it with science; even then we will only know a portion of what is out there. And that is something truly magical. There is so much more that life can offer, that I think we tend to forget and undervalue it. Sure, the world has been circumnavigated and it may feel like we have explored everything, but there is still the mind, body and universe.

So we are left with a couple options; we can sit back and think that life is dull and boring, or you can open your eyes and appreciate the marvels it has to offer.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Salem Field Trip - Group Photo

Thank you everyone for an amazing time. Here is the group photo from the Salem Field Trip.