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Human Knowledge v the Mystery

I was inspired to create this week's "just for fun" infographic by a quote from Albert Einstein that has been kicking around in my head for years.

It is similar to the idea put forth by Ralph Sockman, "The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder" in The Truthful Art.


As we push the bounds of our knowledge further outward, the surface of the Mystery expands with us. This is certainly true in two scientific disciplines in which I am keenly interested, Physics, and Human Consciousness. It seems the more we know about matter and energy, the more we realize we do not know. The more we discover about what it is "like" to be a human, the more researchers learn that it is very difficult to bind awareness to that matter that makes up our brains and bodies. It seems like we need a body and a brain to be aware, but is that tissue, particularly the white and gray matter encased in our skulls, actually an attenuator or transducer for something that exists outside/separate from our matter, a.k.a Consciousness?


These and other Great Mysteries are part of the force behind what keeps me going in my life, and it is a good-news-bad-news issue – I'll never be done learning. Nor will humankind. Since I was a wee lad crawling around on the floor, I have always had an insatiable curiosity, and I am rarely bored. I hope that this is so until I draw my last breath. It is what will keep me bringing forth these thought-provoking from this studio, from this head, heart, and hands. I hope a few of you continue to enjoy and be intrigued by these efforts.

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