Struggling with Meaninglessness

searching meaning in meaninglessness

Einstein is a Genius?

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Everyone knows about it…. So common it is a verb.

However, isn’t it strange everyone is calling Einstein a genius when not many people truly understand his work? If you ever throw the question – what makes the Earth goes around the sun, a typical answer will be – The sun’s gravity pulls the Earth around it… which is not an accurate answer. If you ask what E=MC^2 is all about, most people will associate it with Nuclear Bomb. Haha!

Most people do not understand Einstein’s work yet everyone is calling him a genius. And that puzzled me. Why so?

From a psychological point of view, this scenario is known as the ‘Bandwagon Effect’. It basically explains that human fundamentally have strong tendency to believe and think in a herd behaviour. Hence, when the masses think that Einstein is a genius, it spreads like virus. People do not question the statement since the masses all agreed that Einstein is a genius.

Another instance will be Thomas Edison. Let me tell you what, he is nowhere near to be classified as a genius. Edison is just a very smart entrepreneur. Yet, everyone think he is a genius. Ok, perhaps this is just my subjective opinion. But have a read on the story of Edison vs Tesla, and perhaps you will get what i mean.

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Written by elan85

November 13, 2007 at 6:23 pm

Posted in Philosophy, Psychology

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  1. I agree with the whole Bandwagon theory.

    Cristina Angela Carballo

    November 16, 2007 at 9:37 pm

  2. those people who are at concrete level of thinking are called ordinary people. those who can think at an abstract level are called intelligent. those who can see the light that is illuminating these abstract thoughts become the realized souls!

    latha vidyaranya

    December 16, 2007 at 4:15 am


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