"Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them." - Albert Einstein
I'm sure you've read this before. I've seen it many times, yet never really looked at it, or understood it. Yet i've come across a video that seems to shed some light on this for me.
(This blog post was influenced by a Gary Weber video I watched. If you haven't heard of Gary Weber, I highly recommend his stuff. And his beard. He really does have terrific facial hair.)
Subjects were given a problem to solve and their brain was monitored using scanners (MRI, etc) the scientists could predict with 100% accuracy the point when the person accomplished the task.
Interesting enough in it's own right, I think you'll agree. But what happened next is also intriguing. Once the problem had been solved, it sent the information up to another area of the brain, the part that claimed ownership, ie 'I solved the problem, it was ME.'
Is this what Einstein is saying, yet the other way around? In this example the problem was solved THEN identified as ME that solved it, yet when you reverse it, is it possible the fictitious ME is creating fictitious problems that this space, or void, or life itself just figures out? (if you let it)
Is that possible?
Is that what Einstein means?
There does seem to be a gap between the science and the spiritual crowd. I think Gary Weber is the current day bridge. Some of his descriptions could be straight from Tolle, yet his analysis and testing is scientific. Einstein also has some interesting quotes from a man that is essentially a scientist. Here's one:
“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.”
Science is cool.
When I first got into Tolle etc, I actually thought science was the enemy. Always trying to disprove things, maybe this was 'beyond' that, beyond thought, beyond reason.
In retrospect, I was in denial. Creating this comfortable mental version of reality that I didn't want examined. Maybe this is why scientific research into this isn't even close to mainstream as the spiritual crowd is. It's almost like the warm, cozy beliefs of spirituality are so nice you don't want to give them up, even if they are lies. And the market for your lies is so vast you can happily spend your lifetime being a 'seeker'. And no-one will challenge you.
But science is making headway. It'll be interesting when science has some rock solid proof of no self, I wonder what the hippies'll do then....