We will attempt to discover all the possible sources of Einstein’s priesthood. What was his background? What was the “mantra” he received from his best friend Michele Besso[i] whom Einstein thought as “the best sounding board in Europe”[ii] for scientific ideas? What was the impact on his psyche made by ‘Olympia Academy’ that mocked the reverend scientists and official bodies that dominated science?[iii] And most of all, we want to know as much as possible about his persona; psychological built-up-the things that made him tick. We shall see how his persona hypnotized rest of the scientists to watch ‘relativity show’ forever like some gullible medieval people dumfounded upon watching the feats of a sorcerer. Through letters, visits, and science meetings, Einstein mesmerized most of the major physicists of Europe. It was no big problem as there were not many physicists in those days.
Without conditioning of mind, it is not possible to understand how other scientists of the era who followed Einstein’s theories came to adopt a mystical worldview. They realized the universe was much different than what they had been taught before. Like a mystic Einstein regarded past, present and future as illusion. Therefore, they realized Einstein’s new conception of the universe was closer in line with the teachings of Eastern philosophies than Newtonian science could define.
What was the background that led to such circumstances? Einstein was a prematurely frustrated person and he needed some magic to change his fortunes. Bitter experience had already taught him a lot as he said: “As a somewhat precocious young man, I was struck by the futility of the hopes and the endeavors that most men chase restlessly throughout life. And I soon realized the cruelty of that chase, which in those days was more carefully disguised with hypocrisy and glittering words than it is today.”[iv] Whenever some frustrated person has invaded a certain field, results have been extraordinary. Science was waiting for the Einstein for that.
Let us see in some detail how Einstein developed his scientific spirituality and “humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details” that he was “able to perceive with his frail and feeble mind”. By announcing his “Cosmic religious feelings”, Einstein aspired to become priest of the physics. While Einstein officiated at the altar of physics, he performed his rites of “thought experiments.”[v] Moreover, by promoting his “cosmic religion”, he acted as a mediator between men and the divinity like a perfect priest. Physics deals with matter and energy and job of the physicist is to find out the laws of them that govern the universe. Contrary to it but similar to a priest, Einstein became convinced that “a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe - a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.”[vi] Einstein believed that “in this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is indeed quite different from the religiosity of someone more naïve”[vii].
By his priesthood of physics, Einstein has been able to change the whole character of the scientific enquiry. In his attempt to define reality of space-time, energy and matter, to have with them a philosophical and religious romance, Einstein found himself in the land of mystics. He believed that with his “cosmic religion,” any “conflict between science and religion is impossible”. Einstein himself remarked: “I maintain that cosmic religiousness is the strongest and most noble driving force of scientific research.”[viii] Einstein believed that science is possible only when someone wants to find “truth and understanding” to provide a sense of meaning and these feelings come straightforwardly from religion. Einstein mimicked paraphrase of Immanuel Kant and stated: “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”[ix] “In his own attempt to forge a truce between continental rationalism and British empiricism Kant famously says that precepts (concepts) without percepts (sense data) are empty; whereas in the reverse case, percepts without precepts are blind”[x].
Glenn Statile states: “What, if anything, can Einstein intend by this philosophical sleight of hand? He might mean that religion, in the absence of its metaphysical partner, is more seriously impaired than science. In support of this view Jammer writes the following. “Moreover, because blindness is certainly a more severe handicap than lameness, one can even say,…that Einstein may have regarded the impact of science on religion as of much greater importance than the impact of religion on science.” I agree with Jammer, but not in the medical sense that blindness is a greater handicap than lameness, although this may be true. What Einstein means is that religion, understood as the sense of religiosity that stimulates science, is aimless without science. Existing science, on the other hand, does not depend on religion in any dogmatic sense, and remains functional, albeit in some way debilitated, once it is divorced from its mystical source.”[xi]
Einstein also stated: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”[xii] He believed that appreciation of the mysterious lies at the center of all true science. All these statements convince us well that Einstein was truly a mystic or priest, he only pretended to be a physicist. All of his creative thought and theories sprang from his priestly personality and irrational “cosmic religious feeling”. Therefore, in 1930, in an interview given to Irish writer James Murphy and the Irish mathematician John William Navin Sullivan, Einstein emphatically declared, “I am of the opinion that all the finer speculations in the realm of science spring from a deep religious feeling, and that without such feeling they would not be fruitful.”[xiii] His ‘cosmic religious feelings’ which culminates into the making of his theory of relativity is full of pious sentiment of an inspired devotion to mysteries of nature, space-time etc with mathematical dogmatic indoctrination.
We cannot blame Einstein for anything. After all, human nature is prone to conditioning by its attachment to a certain set of ideologies and principles, it tends to twist the reality to act in accordance with its presumption, beliefs and opinions as already shaped according to particular set of ideologies, culture and principles to which human nature is attached. Despite, the important thing is to aspire to become a GURU and Einstein understood this fact very clearly that one could not be a successful “Guru” without knowing the art of conditioning. For learning to take place with any kind of efficiency students must be motivated and conditioned. While teaching his “cosmic religion” to his pupil physicists, Einstein constantly maintained that “I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”[xiv] An immediate consequence of the general theory of relativity developed and taught on the basis of this pedagogy is that it has been able to hypnotize a large number of physicists and transform them into fanatic scientists which now constitute an esoteric cult of relativist. There is nothing to learn, but they have been able to learn relativity theory only because Einstein provided the conditions in which they could learn and now they appear to be totally conditioned by Einstein’s magic. They are most compliant devotee whose faith in the Einstein and his magical works even surpass those fanatics who surrender and worship their religious master. Professor Dingle found the Special theory of Relativity more dangerous than any religion of sword. He constantly warned that “Special relativity is involved in all modern physical experiments, and these are known to be attended by such dangerous possibilities, should something go wrong with them, that the duty of ensuring as far as possible that this shall not happen is imperative. It is certain that, sooner or later, experiments based on false theories will have unexpected results, and these, in the experiments of the present day, may be harmless or incalculably disastrous.”[xv] Einstein was the most learned person of the 20 century. Too much learning is an obstacle in flowering of creativity. Learning often creates conditioning of mind, which acts as a barrier to facilitate process of invention. Invention demands promoting original thoughts which are possible only when one is free from bias. Because of his conditioning Einstein failed to invent anything significant, he had only one patent of refrigerator in his name along with another inventor.
Albert Einstein admired the role of free thinking in the case of the 19th century scientist Michael Faraday, who discovered electromagnetism. Einstein said of Faraday’s discovery, “Faraday’s discovery was an audacious mental creation, which we owe chiefly to the fact that Faraday never went to school, and therefore preserved the rare gift of thinking freely.”
How one can free his mind without getting conditioned? What is the remedy? There are many ways to get rid of conditioning: Critical thinking, skeptical attitude, temporary abandonment and discussion may provide investigator an opportunity to look the problem in a new light, and then new ideas arise. Because of Einstein’s conditioning, “lack of imagination and practical ability”[xvi], there is no novelty in General theory of relativity and it is littered with false metaphysical speculations and mysticism that makes it fully compatible with any ‘Black Tantra’ or garbage religion. Suffice to say that there is hardly any concrete science in his theory of relativity, but as any one can see, as I see, too much mysticism in the theory.
Those who are worshiping authority of Einstein without any critical thought are in fact enemies of truth. Einstein himself remarked: “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”[xvii] Yet Einstein devotees claim that Einstein's theories of special and general relativity are the most beautiful and empirically tested theories in physics today. They believe theory of Relativity is the grandest and the most superb physical theory ever created on earth. They may be only right if we consider the fact that Einstein is a high priest of physics like that of religion and try to understand his “priest craft”.
Einstein was a poor student, of average ability. The Encyclopedia Britannica mentions about Einstein's elementary education that he “showed little scholastic ability.” It also tells us that at the age of 15, “with poor grades in history, geography, and languages, he left school with no diploma.” Einstein himself wrote in a school paper of his “lack of imagination and practical ability.” In 1895, Einstein failed when he appeared for a simple entrance examination to an engineering school in Zurich. There was nothing exceptional about his ability or accomplishments, until all suddenly he became a genius by a fraud perpetrated by Eddington when his generally theory of relativity was launched.
Einstein had poor track record as a student, after he graduated college, thanks to a family connection that he got a job, as a patent clerk in a patent office in Switzerland. It was while working there in 1905 that he changed the course of history with his discovery of Special Theory of Relativity. Over the next few years, he worked out the General Theory of Relativity.
We need to understand how suddenly Einstein acquired such great heights and powers. We need to research how Einstein grew from a moron child to a drop out; from a patent clerk, he became a physicist; and finally transformed into the greatest man of 20th century. Einstein frankly admitted: - “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” Einstein also said: “A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?” Einstein has been depicted as a crazy character in popular prints. By his anti religious quotes, ‘cosmic religious feelings’ and doggedly pursuit of unified field theory; he manifested many of the characteristics that we can now associate him with the crazy creative people.
In this web site, we will also attempt to find out role of faith, placebo effect and Emperor’s New Cloth Syndrome in the incarnation of Einstein as the greatest man of 20th century. O.Tedenstig remarks that his interest in Great Einstein “in many respects can be compared with the interest dedicated to the great religious leaders (Jesus, Mohammed) or the great prophets or founders of the great political mass movements (Marx, Lenin). And dealing with the theory also reminds what is characterizing such mass movements and doctrinaire systems. Characteristics common for all types of those mass movements are the presence of a doctrinary system of theses not permitted to be questioned, a prophet or dominant leader with an unlimited authority, a church or institution administrating the doctrines and a lot of high priests, predecessors of the scientific power establishment.”[xviii] In fact, Relativity is much more some sort of mysticism than it is a matter of physics. So without doubt followers of relativity tend to behave like ardent religious devotee or a fanatic. We have irrational fanatics in physics as any other in religion who worships their master and his theory as a faith without understanding it; they usually close their minds to argument. They also usually try to suppress opposition using all illegal means. There is nothing new in this phenomenon as we already know that in every country and every age, the priest and his cult had been hostile to new thought and liberty. The job of the devotee or a fanatic is forbidden to critically examine any of the shortcomings of his master but to attack anyone who points out shortcomings of his Holy master. Today relativity fanatics are more concerned about the wellbeing of the master Einstein than the general health of physics, they believe that more they please their priest by chanting tenets of his relativity theory; the more they exalt their position and get monetary benefits from government to secure their cult of relativity.
Devotees of Einstein need to understand what Friedrich Nietzsche said:
“It is necessary to become indifferent and to not be fixed on the question of whether there is an advantage in truth, or whether it will be fatal to you... It is necessary, as that is inherent for a strong person, to prefer questions, which today nobody dares to pose. Courage is necessary to enter forbidding areas; as it is necessary for an inclination to live in a labyrinth. And a seven-fold experience of loneliness is needed. And new ears for new music are needed. And new eyes, capable of discerning new horizons, are needed. New consciences to capture truth, heretofore unspoken...”[xix]
However, contrary to what Nietzsche suggested in all ages, priest has got habit of making astounding revelations. For that to happen in world of physics, world had to wait for Einstein. The priest is an immense being because he makes his devotee believe astonishing things which may have no reality. When sermons of a priest do not correspond to reality, he is the certainly the personification of falsehood. At present, the relativity is exalted such by sycophants that as if universe knew Einstein was coming, as if our Lord has written the promise of resurrection that He would come in disguise of Einstein to explain us mystery of space and time and write all his gospels in mathematics. His mathematical work is no surprise to us as we have come to learn from German priest Martin Luther’s[xx] that priest also believes in Principle of economy which is evident from his remarks: “The fewer the words, the better the prayer.”[xxi] Ironically Einstein himself stated: “As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, as far as they are certain; they do not refer to reality.”[xxii] This is just tip of the iceberg, in fact there is so much mystery in the Einstein, the mathematical wizard, his heavenly priest craft used in E=MC2, space-time, velocity of light and energy and matter. Even God in heavens must be surprised to see Einstein who took no time to create all such things just by act of mathematical wizardry.
According to the need of hour, now anti-Einstein establishment has grown into a large industry devoted to publishing and specializing in books whose titles include variations of “the Einstein Myth“ or “The Einstein Hoax,” rejecting relativity as, in essence, a religion. We have support of many brilliant authors who have already observed theory of relativity as religion. For example, Ashley Prevost states:
“One of Einstein’s great mysteries, The Twin Paradox, superficially explains how light can travel different distances in the same amount of time. …..
At least as Einstein writes, the science of relativity and religion share the parable as a mode of expression. The New Testament in the Bible contains countless parables, such as the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 30-37). In every parable, a story is told using theoretical characters to demonstrate a particular spiritual concept. Usually, something happens that one would not normally expect to happen. The Twin Paradox can be, in this sense, considered a parable of relativity. Theoretical twins A and B are used to demonstrate the constancy of the speed of light, and it is unexpected that one twin returns younger than his supposed identical brother.”[xxiii]
“More significantly like religion, Einstein’s theory attempts, in part, to explain our human origins, something that interests all humans to some extent, because if we have an origin, it means we exist. But, according to relativity physics and religion alike, our origin is another paradox. Every explanation of our creation stems from the fact that before our universe there was nothing. How could everything come from nothing? The Big Bang Theory suggests that 15 million years ago, all matter and energy were contained in a single point, and that the universe exploded within itself. The Old Testament creation story explains that God created the Earth and all its creatures in only seven days, but in the very beginning it was chaos (Genesis 1.1-2.22). In both cases, order somehow came about from the complete disorder of non-existence.”[xxiv]
“There are countless explanations for the creation of our universe, and, in all likelihood, none will ever be proven no matter how widely accepted a given theory becomes. Nevertheless, humans will continue to attempt to explain their existence scientifically, religiously for as long as they do exist. Their desire to understand will keep their minds working. Maybe, though, there comes a point where humans are tired of understanding everything, and phenomena that cannot be explained create a certain wonder and awe that humans long for. Perhaps the human understanding of every single worldly concept is just like traveling inside a black hole. It is like the end of existence, and is yet another paradox. If we understood everything, there would be no reason to think. Rather, we would simply apply proven knowledge that we were given. We would not appreciate our ability to create and imagine, the very thing that distinguishes us from other intelligent species. As Einstein understood, we need the mystery.”[xxv]
After explaining twin paradox and black holes in his article “Relativity and Religion”, Ashley Prevost concludes that theory of special relativity amounts to a religion of science. He states: “It is at this point that science becomes analogous to religion, which also relies almost completely on blind faith. Indeed, the faith that many scientists put into their theories almost parallels the faith that many people place in their religions. After all, religion, like science, attempts to explain our existence. Einstein even described himself as a deeply religious man, attributing his religious attitude to the “knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms”[xxvi] (Einstein, World 5). Arguably, Einstein creates in his theory of special relativity what amounts to a religion of science.”[xxvii]
[i] In his paper “How I Created the Theory of Relativity” Physics Today, Vol. 35, No.8, pp. 45-47 Einstein acknowledged help of his friend Michele Besso in developing the theory of special relativity. Einstein states:
“I firmly believed that the electrodynamic equations of Maxwell and Lorentz were correct. Furthermore, the assumption that these equations should hold in the reference frame of the moving body leads to the concept of the invariance of the velocity of light, which, however, contradicts the addition rule of velocities used in mechanics.
Why do these two concepts contradict each other? I realized that this difficulty was really hard to resolve. I spent almost a year in vain trying to modify the idea of Lorentz in the hope of resolving this problem.
By chance a friend of mine in Bern (Michele Besso) helped me out. It was a beautiful day when I visited him with this problem. I started the conversation with him in the following way: "Recently I have been working on a difficult problem. Today I come here to battle against that problem with you." We discussed every aspect of this problem. Then suddenly I understood where the key to this problem lay. Next day I came back to him again and said to him, without even saying hello, "Thank you. I've completely solved the problem." An analysis of the concept of time was my solution. Time cannot be absolutely defined, and there is an inseparable relation between time and signal velocity. With this new concept, I could resolve all the difficulties completely for the first time.”
[ii] Quoted in the article “Think Like Einstein”, www.brainathlete.com/category/thinkeinstein/page/4/
[iii] Wikipedia writes: “With a few friends he met in Bern, Einstein started a small discussion group, self-mockingly named "The Olympia Academy", which met regularly to discuss science and philosophy. Their readings included the works of Henri Poincaré, Ernst Mach, and David Hume, which influenced his scientific and philosophical outlook.
[v] Website article :Chasing a Beam of Light: Einstein's Most Famous Thought Experiment
[vi] Albert Einstein in his Letter of 1946, Hoffman and Dukas
“Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe-a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.”
Quotes on Spirituality
[vii] Albert Einstein in his Letter of 1946, Hoffman and Dukas
Also quoted in article “Einstein, pantheist
A history of pantheism and scientific pantheism” by Paul Harrison
[viii] Einstein in The World as I See It
He states: “The cosmic religious feeling is the strongest and noblest motive for scientific research. Only those who realize the immense efforts and, above all, the devotion without which pioneer work in theoretical science cannot be achieved are able to grasp the strength of the emotion out of which alone such work, remote as it is from the immediate realities of life, can issue. What a deep conviction of the rationality of the universe and what a yearning to understand. . . It is cosmic religious feeling that gives a man such
strength. [The World as I See It]
[ix] Source: ALBERT EINSTEIN, paper prepared for initial meeting of the Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion in Their Relation to the Democratic Way of Life, New York City, September 911, 1940.Einstein, Out of My Later Years, chapter 8, part 1, p. 26 .
reprinted in A.Einstein, Ideas and Opinions (Crown, New York, 1954, 1982), pp. 44–49.Quotation on p. 46.
[x] Glenn Statile, The Cosmic and the Comic: Einstein’s Scientific Spirituality
[xi] Glenn Statile, The Cosmic and the Comic: Einstein’s Scientific Spirituality
[xii] Einstein’s Interview with Peter Bucky
“The most beautiful and most profound religious emotion that we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. And this mysticality is the power of all true science. If there is any such concept as a God, it is a subtle spirit, not an image of a man that so many have fixed in their minds. In essence, my religion consists of a humble admiration for this illimitable superior spirit that reveals itself in the slight details that we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds.”
[xiii] A. Einstein, “Science and God,” Forum and Century 83 (1930): 373–379.
[xiv] Famous Einstein’s quote but we have problem of finding original source. wikiquote.org on Einstein quote says that “No source is given, and none of the other books I saw gave a source either.” “Earliest published source I find is the 1968 book Training within the organization: a study of company policy and procedures for the systematic training of operators and supervisors which on p. 126 says: "It was probably in the latter sense that Professor Einstein in talking about teaching once remarked: 'I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.' "
[xv] Herbert Dingle in his preface to Science at the Corssroads, Martin Brian
& O’keeffe, London 1972
[xvi] quoted in O’Connor and Robertson par. 4
[xvii] Quote found on the web site: thinkexist.com
[xviii] O.Tedenstig, EINSTEIN'S THEORY OF RELATIVITY
A BRIEF ANALYSIS, Idungatan 37 19551 Märsta Sweden Date : 11/12-1994 http://www.angelfire.com/sc/aether/relted.html
[xix] Friedrich Nietzsche in "Antichrist"
Quoted by Nikolay NOSKOV in his article “The phenomenon of retarded potentials, Translated from Russian by Jury SARYCHEV
English text edited by Robert FRITZIUS
[xx] Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German priest, professor of theology and iconic figure of the Protestant Reformation.
[xxi] Website “reformationsa’s Article ‘LUTHER’S PRACTICAL PROGRAMME TO REVIVE YOUR PRAYER LIFE’
[xxii] quoted in article Mathematics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
[xxiii] excerpts from article “Relativity and Religion” written by Ashley Prevost
[xxiv] excerpts from article “Relativity and Religion” written by Ashley Prevost
[xxv] excerpts from article “Relativity and Religion” written by Ashley Prevost
[xxvi] Einstein in ‘The World as I See It’ states: “The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle. It was the experience of mystery--even if mixed with fear--that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms--it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man.”
[xxvii] excerpts from article “Relativity and Religion” written by Ashley Prevost