The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

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25 Comments CherryPie on Jan 6th 2013

25 Responses to “Cherie’s Place – Thought for the Week”

  1. jamsodonnell says:

    Comprehensible but still so hard to take in

  2. Partly, dear Albert, only partly, and perhaps just a little tiny bit partly too, by us at least (yes, even you). Sorry old chap, but such caveat is true.

  3. And oh, Albert, 1879 – 18th April 1955 I see, and there was me kicking around inside the womb as you went, just before my arrival on 10th May 1955. Along with many others I think I tried to catch the baton as you threw it, but we all dropped it, sorry :( Let us know where it rolled to if you can. It could be useful.

    • CherryPie says:

      I am not sure the baton was dropped, there are still some fine minds around. The problem is that not many seem to be listening…

      • There are, but so since then they have been largely just fiddling with the details, and puzzling about the details, compared to what Einstein and some of his almost contemporaries like Paul Dirac saw for the first time. The next big opening of a new window is much needed. Many are closed.

        • CherryPie says:

          I wonder if that is because nowadays money is needed to promote ideas. So maybe it is the doors are closed rather than the windows?

          • The big ideas still just come from people’s heads and what they scribble with pen and paper (or keyboard), usually fiddling with numbers, but it does cost a lot to test them, or nobody can think of how to test them yet, but it has always been a slow and stuttering march. I am sure huge revolutions await in fundamental science and neuroscience, though probably not in my days.

    • Sean Jeating says:

      Well, that reminds me of that Mrs. J. was born one day after Stalin’s death. … :)

  4. ....peter:) says:

    I love your picture of the surf and the gulls Cherie… it’s hard to argue with Albert Einstein:-)
    but i’ll be thinking about the thought of the week for at least another week….peter:)

  5. Claude says:

    I was born the month of the Wall Street 1929 Crash. I grew up hearing people talk about Black Tuesday and Black Thursday. And I felt very responsible for the state of the world. My father had a job but many extended family members didn’t. And every Friday night, my parents would make boxes of food (bread, butter, cheese, eggs, ham, jam, milk, cereal) . And, when I reached 4 years old, on Saturday morning, I would go with my father to deliver those boxes to hungry people. It has been ingrained into me. I never lost the habit to feed the world.

    It would be wonderful if we could ever manage to comprehend the scientific universe a la Albert Einstein. But what I really would like to comprehend is why, after all those years, people in the world are still starving, and why we’re not doing a better job in feeding them.

    Lovely photo, Cherie. As always!

    • CherryPie says:

      Thank you for sharing your story it makes me feel quite humble.

      I do wonder like you why people are starving, it isn’t necessary there is enough for everyone. But then there are the greedy people in power that have no idea about sharing and I suppose that is our answer.

      But the people are more numerous than those in power and that means they have the ability to change the balance. But collectively they never seem to…

  6. Ginnie says:

    Yes, true…at least in part. And even a part makes it true. :)

  7. james higham says:

    Comprehensible for you, Cherie, because you have the mental capacity. I sadly, still can’t comprehend it.

    • CherryPie says:

      Life is for learning and each and everyone of us learns different things. If we discuss our learnings we have a chance of connecting the pieces in the jigsaw puzzle. The more complete that puzzle is the more we comprehend.