[lit-ideas] Re: Einstein

  • From: Eternitytime1@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2005 01:14:30 EDT

In a message dated 10/29/2005 8:18:56 A.M. Central Daylight Time,  
aamago@xxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

I'm  disappointed in him, not in his accomplishments

Hi, Andy,
I'm also a bit perplexed here.
Why in the world would you be disappointed in someone's learning/creative  
style. . . especially when it had the outcome that it did?
If you actually read all sorts of interesting thoughts on both learning and  
creativity and how to get the most of what and who one is. (and you can on  
the internet, even, if you don't like to go to the library and ask for some  
titles on the topic) 
What Einstein did is actually very critical. I'm not sure why you would be  
disappointed in him...though I know a number of parents who are disappointed  
when their kids learn by reading instead of hearing or by hearing instead of  
(Or, like the article once in Fortune Magazine that I posted one talks  about 
the bunch of CEOs who are all dyslexic and who were willing to be studied  by 
the physicians at Yale doing a study on their brains. Sure--they all learned  
to compensate for not using parts of their brains--and they all have had 
those  in their companies who couldn't understand how they made decisions [they 
are all  using a part of their brain that we regular folk are not] Many of 
I  suppose, had people in their lives who were 'disappointed' in them, too, 
for not  learning as others did.)
People learn and create in all sorts of ways.  (I wish I was one of  the 
people who got paid to go into the companies to assist with helping their  top 
people learn how to be creative. Or, even, the top level companies who  
are doing innovative things [I was just reading about Koch Industries  the 
other night] spend a lot of time/money/investment in their people to provide  
synergy of many creative minds working on problems/creative energy/etc. in  
order to let them have those opportunities to pool information and take lines 
of  thought\inventions to new levels.
Instead of considering it 'obsessing' over a problem/puzzle, maybe you  could 
soften that belief statement to something like  
'determined/curious/dedicated/continuing despite difficulties/persistent.
If you think of him having those qualities, do you like him better?   (What 
do you think a genius is? Someone who just wakes up someday and "knows"  
something? or someone who ponders, mulls over, thoughtfully reflects, gets 
opinions, collects data and sifts through it looking for new ways of thinking  
about something, or ?)
I suppose you are also disappointed in Edison, too, right?  After all,  in 
spite of his taking his inventions to new levels and so forth, he had gobs of  
inventions which didn't pan out. He was constantly working on several ideas all 
 at the same time--and though what worked, worked wonders, many of them did 
not.  He, like Einstein, had persistence and curiousity, though. 
Waiting for ten years from now when Andy will have taken Einstein's thought  
to the next level (presuming he takes up his own challenge and has the  
persistence to do it as well as the intelligence),
Marlena in Missouri

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