A Mental Mosaic

“Without the arts, life appears boring, drab, dry and meaningless. Without the science’s life would appear senseless and random. Therefore, they are both equally important, for they endow the world and its inhabitants with the tools to cultivate, nourish, explore and advance.

Working in unison together, they both support the well-being of humanity. Let us not get caught up in absolutist all-or-nothing thinking. There are many unique pieces that constitute the mosaic of life. Much like that of human knowledge, understanding and experiences.

We would be wise to expand our knowledge base, including all the creations and permutations that have been manifested by humanity.”

-R.B. Royal

 



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Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction

“I think I can safely say that no one understands quantum mechanics.”

“What has been considered to be the arena of clear and determinate process was found to be at its subatomic roots, cloudy and fitful in its behavior.”

“Compared with this revolutionary change (quantum mechanics) the great discoveries of general and special relativity seem not much more than interesting variations on classical themes.”

“Quarks and gluons are 100 million times smaller than atoms.”

“The manner in which two trains of waves combine depends upon how these oscillations relate to each other.”

“Change of energy is the same as change of frequency.”

“Quantum theory permits the mixing together of two states that would classically be mutually exclusive to each other.”

“Swallow the quantum mechanics theory whole without worrying about the taste or whether you can digest it.”

“We cannot make the mystery go away by explaining how it works.”

“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains must be the case, however improbable it may seem to be.”

“Quantum theory predictions of the results of measurements are statistical in character & not deterministic.”

“Quantum theory deals in probabilities rather than certainties.”

“The behavior one finds depends upon what one chooses to look for.”

“Asking a particle-like question gives you a particle like answer. Asking a wave-like question gives a wave-like answer.”

“The probability interpretation implied that measurements must be occasions of instantaneous and discontinuous change.”

“It is not possible (yet) to simultaneously have perfect knowledge of both position and momentum.”

“One can know where an electron is, but not what it is doing. What can know what an electron is doing but not where it is.”

“What classically were mutually distinct possibilities are tangled with each other quantum mechanically.”

“How can it be that the quantum constituents  of the physical world, such as quarks, gluons and electrons, whose behaviors is cloudy and fitful, can give rise to the macroscopic world of everyday experience which seems clear and reliable.”

“Quantum mechanically speaking a particle can borrow energy against time.”

“In quantum mechanics there are no continuously observable trajectories.”

“What people had thought of as empty space (the vacuum) was in fact filled with this sea of negative energy electrons.”

“It had become clear that there is an irreducible degree if non-locality present in the physical world.”

“Instead of saying “observer created reality”, a more accurate term might be “observer-influenced reality.”

“The world is not only stranger than we thought, it is stranger than we could think.”

John Polkinghorne



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERACLITUS

HeraclitusFRAGMENTS (Circa 500 B.C.) 

Heraclitus | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

  • If happiness consisted in the pleasures of the body, we should call oxen happy whenever they come across bitter vetch to eat.

  • The sun is new everyday.

  • The one is made up of all things, and all things of the one.

  • How can one hide from that which never sets?

  • If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it.

  • Knowing not how to listen, they do not know how to speak.

  • Those who seek gold dig up much earth and find little.

  • Men that love wisdom must be inquirers into very many things indeed.

  • The learning of many things does not teach understanding.

  • The things that can be seen, heard and learned are what I prize the most.

  • The way up and the way down is one in the same.

  • It is the thunderbolt that steers the course of all things.

  • The wisest man, in contrast to God, appears as an ape in beauty and wisdom and all things.

  • It is hard to fight one’s heart’s desire. Whatever it wishes to get it purchases at the cost of the soul.

  • The fool is fluttered at every word.

  • You can not step in the same river twice. For you and the river are constantly changing.

  • It is best to hide folly.

  • Dogs bark at everyone they do not recognize.

  • I dived into myself.

  • Recognizing ones self and being of sound mind is for all beings.

  • A mans character is his fate.

  • Nature love to hide.

  • Even a barley-drink separates if it is not stirred.

 

The Success System That Never Fails

W. Clement Stone  – The Success System That Never Fails (1962)


“Success is achieved by those who try and keep trying. Where there is nothing to lose by trying and everything to gain by trying, by all means try.”

“When thoughts don’t neutralize am undesirable emotion, action will.”

“Time is one of the most important ingredients in any successful formula for any human activity. Save time, invest it wisely.”

“The system works if you work the system.”

“For continuous success you must get ready for tomorrow, to get ready for tomorrow you must be a self-builder.”

“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.”

“It takes willpower to take inventory of yourself daily.”

“Build your own life. Be a benefit to yourself and all of mankind.”

“Regardless of who you are or what you have been, you can be what you want to be.”

“The hero who became a success because he was a man of character.”

“It takes less work to succeed than it does to fail.”

“Realize when you have reached a peak. Ask advice from the person who can help you.”

“Do what you are afraid to do!”

“You must lay a proper foundation for your business before expanding.”

“As we become drunkards by so many individuals drinks, so we become saints, authorities and experts by so many separate acts and hours of work.”

“Have the courage to say no! Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. Do it now!”

“Develop your own self-motivators.”

“Think first and the job is half done.”

“When you share the remainder multiplies and grows.”

“Help people help themselves.”

“To every problem there is a satisfactory solution, but one must try to solve the problems with the right mental attitude.”

“There is something more to life than business and making money.”

“Be a builder of men.”

“The purpose of working a problem is to learn the principle.”

“Honorable citizens are made; not born.”


 

 

 

Existentialism and Modern Literature



BY DAVIS DUNBAR MCELROY Ph.D. 1963

By all means let us take life seriously, but let us be serious about the things that matter.

Spinoza’s concept of God as the sum of all natures forces which rule the universe and of the phenomena which result from them has given me the greatest of satisfaction.

The destiny of mankind lies in these individual differences, and in the potential good they bare. The truth of every man is the good within him, his greatest chance for happiness and satisfaction is to seek  out and become this good.

Man is a creature who suffers from needless worries, unreasonable doubts, and from causeless fears and he does it because it is in his nature to do so.

To be born is to be cast out of the Garden of Eden, The experience of being born causes a profound shock to the helpless organism a shock which not only causes physical separation from the mother, but also physiological hazards & changes of state.

Man is also the victim of nameless guilt.

Mans self awareness, reason, and imagination have disrupted his harmony which characterizes the animal existence, and their emergence has made man into an anomaly, into the freak of nature.

Mans reason is both a blessing and a curse.

Never is he free from the dichotomy of experience.

A mans life can not be lived by repeating the pattern f his species by instinct , each individual must make his own life.

Nor can a man go back to the pre-human even if he wanted to: he must go ahead and develop his reason until he becomes master of nature and of his self.

Nevertheless every stage that man reaches leaves him disconnected and perplexed and this very perplexity urges him to move towards new solutions.

There is no innate drive for progress in man:it is the contradiction in his own existence that makes him proceed on the way he set out. Having lost Paradise, the unity with nature he has become the eternal wanderer.

He is impelled to go forward & with everlasting effort to make the unknown known by filling in with answers the blank spaces of his knowledge.

The thing that makes him human is the very thing that makes him uneasy in his existence.

The loss of self is the greatest calamity that can befall an individual, because only the man who is completely and authentically himself can be said to truly be alive.

An existential appraisal of man in the modern world reveals that a great part of humanity cannot be said to be properly alive at all, they merely exist.  And that arises from the fact that they have no true individuality, they in other words have no true self to which they can lose.

They fear it and flee in all directions in their endeavors to escape.

Mans isolation has been increased by his loss of primal ties with nature, family, tribe and religion ties which formerly protected him from the most awful human predicament, complete loneliness.

The world he has built  has become his master: the work of his own hands has become a god before whom he bows down.

Modern man has reached the point of no return!

But modern man can, and does, seek every avenue of escape from the burden of his freedom and the obligation to be himself.

He can for example narcotize his feeling of isolation, insignificance and powerlessness; his anxietes of death, doubt and guilt.

The Masochist seeks to escape his anxiety through submitting himself to a powerful and arbitrary person or institution which rules and even torments him both mentally and physically.

The Sadist on the other hand must find a victim to which he can dispel his feelings of weakness and isolation. A person who  he can completely dominate.

The Destructive. Self-destructiveness is the outcome of an un-lived life, that is because they lack the courage to live completely as themselves. The destructive person attempts to remove his anxieties of isolation and powerlessness by acting out in violence.

The Authoritarian. This person seeks to escape his anxieties through authoritarianism hungers to submit himself to the irrational authority, and such an authority must have complete and absolute control over him. This type wishes to be loved and approved of by the authority, but even punishment is better than rejection.

Such an authority comes into being whenever large numbers of the citizens of a democracy seek to escape the uncertainly of their existence by resorting to automation conformity.

He will tend more and more to set its machinery working on whatsoever pretext to crush beneath it any creative minority which disturbs it in any order of things, in politics, in ideas, in industry.

We strive to lose our identity by submerging our God-given individuality in the featureless mass of anonymous humanity; or we drown it in dope, lust or senseless activity.

And our destructiveness is as pervasive as our despair. Lacking faith, charity and even pity we are constant in one thing __ violence.

Our violence is everywhere, not just in our streets, our homes, in our every day lives, it is in our hearts, in our minds and in our souls.

But despite our best and worst attempts to destroy ourselves we are bound to fail. Our debasement, our degradation, is simply the result of our refusal to realize completely and legitimately the potentialities of our freedoms and ourselves.

We fail (in this self destruction) because our genuine self does not die, it is changed into an accusing shadow, a phantom which constantly reminds us of the inferiority of the life we live compared to the one we ought to be living .


Existentialism and Modern Literature

 

 

Self-Reliance

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“There is guidance for all of us and by lowly listening we shall hear the right word.”

“There is a certain wisdom of humanity which is common to the greatest an as with the lowest and which our ordinary education often labors to silence and obstruct.”

“We are wiser than we know, do the thing and you shall have the power. Do not the thing and have not the power.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson