Thanks to Einstein Quote of the Day, a new gadget on my iGoogle homepage, there will be a good fair amount of posts containing some of his quotes coming your way. Here’s one for ya:

“The only real valuable thing is intuition. The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery.”
~Albert Einstein

Something I love about Einstein is that though he was an utter genius, he constantly alluded to the importance of metaphysical concepts that transcend the intellect.

To be one of the most brilliant people to have ever walked the planet, and to realize that such a thing is actually of little importance, is truly brilliant.

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I Went Over the the Edge of the World

oh the hymns of angels
suffer over the stench of the 21st century
nothing is black or white
or devoid of industry
the face of monotony
the litany of popular culture
i face the microphone and fumble in my pockets for a change
a break from the deranged world of…
plotting out the death of art
and i went over the edge of the world
and felt the sting of all it’s words
i sang the song of elves and  birds
i saw you in my rear view shades
and drank from pools of night time cafes
i stopped over to finish up
i turned the knob and called your bluff
i went over the edge of the world
i face the microphone and fumble in my pockets for a change
a break from the deranged world of…
plotting out the death of art

*Interesting Note*: a line of gibberish follows the twice-used line of “a break from the deranged world of…”, hence the ellipsis. The missing/hidden/encrypted lyrics are NOT detailed in the CD jacket and are actually three words recorded backwards.

Decoded, the missing phrase is “accountants and record executives”. Put it all together, and the accusation is that the deranged world of accountants and record executives are plotting out the death of true art. Quite a bold claim, don’t you think? It seems obvious as to why those few words are encrypted.

care to take a stab at that artist?

what does that monologue say to you?

The Mighty Crash

What would you do if you woke up tomorrow and realized that everything you’d believed and constructed your entire life on wasn’t entirely true?

Would it change the way you lived? Would your entire world come crashing down around you? Would you feel betrayed by those who led you into those beliefs in the first place?

For many of us in the western world, the answers to those questions would be “yes”…but is that evidence of an erroneous paradigm all together?

Most of us today have been brought up in a foundationalist paradigm. Foundationalism is just like what it sounds. It is any epistemology (theory of knowledge) that has a foundation of basic beliefs on which all other beliefs are completely dependent.

The potential problem therein is the possibility of a faulty foundation. If we realize that one (or more) of our foundational beliefs is faulty, the structure on top has no choice but to fall.

Doesn’t leave much room for growth, does it? Perhaps you’ve sub-, semi-, or fully-conciously felt like you’re captive to your own beliefs…this could be the reason.

Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimension.” But alas, when our feet are firmly set in the stone of our hardened belief system, such a stretch is not only impossible, but wholly inconceivable.

It is true, a foundational argument will generally always lead to Agrippa’s Trilemma, ending in either “an infinite regress, dogmatic stopping point, or a circular argument”.

What then might a solution be? Is there still a way to hold a few core beliefs without the rest of them being dependent on them? What would the benefits and drawbacks of such a paradigm include?

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