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Einstein on Truth, Determinism, and Morality

Algis Valiunas has written one fascinating article on THE theoretical man of the 20th century.

Here’s Einstein on determinism: "Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible player." (Nicely said, you have to admit.)

Here’s Albert on morality: "The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in all our actions. Our inner balance and even our existence depend on it. Our morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life."

Here’s Valinius’ analysis: Einstein "seems finally to live a riven life, one of spiritual incoherence, denying freedom of choice yet preaching an exigent morality."

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Sounds like Albert was a Kantian.

I read Isaacson's tome on Einstein several months ago and learned a lot about his life and contributions to science. But the more I read, the more I came to despise Einstein as a person. He was really a pretty rotten human being.

With a dash of Calvinism

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"Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, ...

Boy, no wonder he hated quantum mechanics! But THE theoretical man of the 20th century was wrong on that one.

I also believe evrything is pre- determined, that is religion mixed with science, "deterministic thinking"

I also believe evrything is pre- determined, that is religion mixed with science, "deterministic thinking"

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