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TOPIC: How Should Humanity Steer the Future? An Interview With Einstein in Heaven by Vladimir F. Tamari [refresh]
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Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Feb. 11, 2014 @ 15:40 GMT
Essay Abstract

What if Einstein was still with us to share his wisdom and experience with troubled humanity? He had strong opinions about three core issues affecting our future: world peace and the threat of nuclear war, social inequality, and the Israel/Palestine problem...

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Vladimir F. Tamari is a Palestinian artist, inventor and physicist living in Japan since 1970. He studied at the American University of Beirut where he met and was inspired by Buckminster Fuller (around 1960). He invented and built 3D drawing instruments. In the 1980’s he joined the Optical Society of America to keep up with the field and holds U.S. patents for inventions based on his Streamline Diffraction Theory to cancel diffraction in imaging instruments. His theory “Beautiful Universe: Towards Reconstructing Physics From New First Principles (2005)” is found on

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Alan Lowey wrote on Feb. 13, 2014 @ 06:19 GMT
Hi Vladimir,

Very funny essay which kept me smiling from reading the title to the last paragraph! Well done on some excellent illustrations too. Very enjoyable and an easy read.

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Kimmo Rouvari replied on Feb. 13, 2014 @ 06:25 GMT
I agree totally!

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Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Feb. 13, 2014 @ 09:07 GMT
Thank you Alan and Kimmo

I am glad you smiled that was intended. But perhaps I covered the pill with too much sugar!

Philip Gibbs wrote on Feb. 14, 2014 @ 09:57 GMT
Vladamir, It is good to have a light essay to deliver such an important message.

I have a technical question. If Einstein is hoping to roll sixes with his tesseracts, what are the seventh and eighth sides labelled with?

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Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Feb. 14, 2014 @ 12:13 GMT
Hello Phillip

I neither know craps nor 4-dimensional geometry - but I would guess complex number dots!


Thomas Howard Ray replied on May. 1, 2014 @ 12:27 GMT
... But then there would two extra imaginary numbers, because complex numbers can't be expressed as dots. :-)

Vladimiri, I wasn't disappointed with your entertaining essay and always beautiful illustrations. I'll have more to say. Thanks for sparking the dialogue in my forum with things that need to be said in as an objective way as we can.

All best,


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Joe Fisher wrote on Feb. 14, 2014 @ 16:10 GMT
Mr. Tamari,

I found your essay a delightful read. I do hope that it scores quite highly in the competition for it certainly deserves to do so.

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Wesley Wayne Hansen wrote on Feb. 14, 2014 @ 17:47 GMT

I'll do one better than Joe Fisher, I hope you win! The answer seems so obvious when one truly meditates on the nature of things . . .

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Jayakar Johnson Joseph wrote on Feb. 16, 2014 @ 04:56 GMT
It is a good expression dear Vladimir, that is the reality. Anyhow we may have to derive some parameters to steer the future scientific developments and to regulate technological advancements in humanity. I think the ultimate direction of developments is to be for better healthcare on humanity. As the developments in Biological sciences is fully depends on the developments in Physical sciences, we may have to be much responsible in declaring our findings on Nature’s laws and principles, while steer the future.

In relevant to this, time paradox seems to have most profound impact, causal by the defective steering of the past in Physical science developments. Thus we may have to steer the future physical sciences while presuming the Universe in Continuum rather than in Corpuscularianism.

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Author Vladimir F. Tamari replied on Apr. 19, 2014 @ 02:13 GMT
Thank you dear Jayakar

Things are developing so fast in all the sciences one does not know where to look..physics, astronomy, biology, and each branch inspires ever newer tehnologfical advantages. As you say healthcare is mnost important. Including mental health as a new generation grows up staring at iphones and tablets!

The question of time is fascinating, but there is not much we can do about it. Things change, and in keeping track of these changes we use clocks and other devices. However according to many physicsists and my own Beautiful Universe theory, time as a dimension does not exist.

If we realize that it will remind us not to live in the past, nor fear the future, but to have peace, and try our best to do good in the now.



Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Feb. 18, 2014 @ 09:33 GMT
Thank you so much Joe and Wesley!

And thank you Jayakar, I think you have to expand your ideas in an essay for this year's 2014 faqxi completion.

Best to all of you


Jonathan J. Dickau wrote on Feb. 19, 2014 @ 02:02 GMT
I'm happy to see your essay here Vladimir,

I'm also eager to read what you have written. Judging by the comments, and glancing at the opening page, it looks like it will be a lot of fun to read.

More later,


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Gyenge Valeria wrote on Feb. 24, 2014 @ 16:12 GMT
Dear Vladimir!

I liked your essay. That is witty, enjoyable to read, has much wisdom how and why the things are unfortunately going wrong so much times.

Einstein however having had - I told them so much, but they even had done ... it had not a matter of me ... I'd already passed over into Heaven ...- attitude.

I'm curious;

1. What if Einstein should get a chance to...

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Gyenge Valeria replied on Feb. 25, 2014 @ 13:16 GMT
Dear Vladimir!

Connecting your posts written on my essay site and here...

I can deeply understand your stance "I would rather ...and leave to more specialised researchers like you the larger questions... ".

However, you write here "...we can continue to live and work in a new way...But do we really have time for that? Can the sort of problems my...

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Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Feb. 25, 2014 @ 05:30 GMT
Thank you Jonathan, looking forward to your essay.

Thank you Gyenge,

Every one of the issues raised in the sentences you quoted, and also in the ideas you wrote about or referred to needs to be examined further and coordinated in a practical way so that we can continue to live and work in a new way, free of meaningless restrictions based on a misunderstanding of our nature and that of the world around us. But do we really have time for that? Can the sort of problems my story-Einstein and Co. are concerned with wait the judgement of science and possible acceptance of WaveGenetics (for example, or even my Beautiful Universe Theory) ? More urgent political action with the rough and ready tools humanity has here and now is the best we can do in the present and developing crisis.


sridattadev kancharla wrote on Mar. 1, 2014 @ 22:21 GMT
Dear Vladimir,

I loves your essay and imagination.

Who am I?

I "is" the exalted person in your essay.

Yes, let's clean up our favorite planet, for i's sake.



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Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Mar. 2, 2014 @ 00:27 GMT
Dear sridattadev kancharla a.k.a. I

Thank you for your loving message of appreciation.

Your mathematical paradoxes (or deep truths?) are amusing.

With best wishes


Ryoji Furui wrote on Mar. 6, 2014 @ 00:03 GMT
Dear Vladimir,

An interview with Einstein is an interesting concept! (and thank you for the reply to my comment here)

i joined the contest this year and you can read it here. i do hope you would make some comments to my essay and theory by Einstein.

more later,


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Ryoji Furui replied on Mar. 15, 2014 @ 01:15 GMT
sorry link corrections below,

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here (2nd)

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Kenneth Snelson wrote on Mar. 8, 2014 @ 20:20 GMT
Hi Vladimir,

What a wonderfully imaginative idea -- and with your exquisite paintings. I had hoped before the reporter was sent away he'd gotten to ask how many more they have room for up there -- or should humans steer into the future with a lower birth rate on Earth.

always with great admiration,


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Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Mar. 9, 2014 @ 06:32 GMT
Dear Kenneth

Thank you so much for your kind words.

I should have had somebody mention overcrowding!

I am not sure how much room they have up there, but after a long life I am sure there will be a luxury suite reserved just for you - complete with wifi - so send me an email to wherever I end up!

eternal admiration


James Lee Hoover wrote on Mar. 26, 2014 @ 20:58 GMT

This is a clever idea, a conversation hard to create effectively, as you did.

I have read much about Einstein and a little bit of his essay, "The World as I Know it," and wonder if he would rail against all humans like "the sharp razor in the hands of a three-year-old."

In "The World as I know it," his ideal is democracy, letting every man/woman exercise free will, as I remember it. Did he have a streak of pessimism, "Chaos always winning out?" Certainly he was against military uses of technology as you mention.

Good job on a difficult task. I'm not sure representing Einstein accurately (attitude and words) is the priority in "steering us" through an imaginary conversation. Certainly the criticism he speaks are steps in the right direction.

Best wishes,


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Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Mar. 31, 2014 @ 02:11 GMT
Dear Jim

Thank you for your nice comments. As I mentioned in a footnote, the essay benefitted from the contributions of an anonymous co-author. The quote you objected to is by him, and I plead ignorance of the source of its origin. Having said that, and with Einstein's "infinite stupidity" quote about human capability at its worst, the quote is not so far-fetched. Particularly with his known worries about atomic weapon proliferation in mind.

Yes putting words in Einstein's mouth poses some questions. Was he a pessimis? Hmm food for thought. More importantly we the living can benefit from the wisdom, experience and mistakes of those great ones who went before us.

Good luck to you..and to us all.


Roger Schlafly wrote on Apr. 6, 2014 @ 23:28 GMT
Funny to see Einstein still denying that he read Poincare's paper. He never did admit what Poincare did on relativty

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Eckard Blumschein replied on Apr. 9, 2014 @ 15:02 GMT
Dear Roger,

While I agree on that Vladimir Tamari's essay is a delightful homage on the nice place called heaven in general and Pentcho Valev's divine Einstein in particular, I cannot see how these sweet ideals will steer mankind in a reasonable manner. On the contrary, traditional belief might be part of the problem rather than the solution. I see no pill, at best a placebo and for my taste too much of sugar.

That's why you might check what I found out (2021) about H. Poincaré and Kuratowski's Ghost who lives in South Africa.



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Author Vladimir F. Tamari replied on Apr. 14, 2014 @ 14:53 GMT
Dear Eckard

I could understand how you might have found Einstein's heaven too saccharine for your taste. I may have sugared the pill too heavily because if you read between the lines you can see that I am saying "even Einstein" could not find a solution. I am not sure I would call Einstein divine - I certainly disagree with his physics but admire him as a man who believed in peace. At the same time I recognize that humanity should try to learn from all sources available, including religious and moral ideals, however badly we have misapplied them. I see we were born in the same year, and therefore I will happily check out your essay!



Eckard Blumschein replied on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 17:11 GMT
Dear Vladimir,

I got the impression that a more cosmologically and belief-oriented part of fqxi community favors rather mystical, illusory, and mathematical speculative answers to the question of how to steer humanity in contrast to the more practically oriented attitudes of you, Jonathan, and me.

Roger might have overlooked my hints because he can perhaps not accept that I am questioning absolutely infinite physically items. Well, I was one of very few nobodies until Hawking recently corrected himself and Jonathan got aware of related theoretical arguments by Kauffmann.

You certainly know that Roger called Einstein overestimated. I merely collected some less celebrated facts and leave the judgment to the readers. What about pacifists like Einstein and Bertrand Russell, I would like to tell that the latter suggested a preventive war against the territory occupied by the Soviet Army including Magdeburg, the city where I am living. That's why I prefer and quoted Otto von Bismarck who also prudently built (more than one hundred years ago) a bypass to the main stream of the river Elbe that up to now protected Magdeburg against flooding. Bismarck called a preventive war a suicide for fear to die. An tragic parallel was Goedel who deliberately starved and actually died for fear to get poisoned.

I would very much appreciate if you or someone else took issue concerning a fundamental question that I consider unresolved in current physics not just since and by Einstein; the past cannot be steered while the future is open and only partially predictable.

As a boy, I learned to pray in humility. Meanwhile I see religions often the problem rather than the solution. Suicide bombers were told getting rewarded by virgins in heaven. The bad ones are always the enemies, the non-believers.



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Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Apr. 7, 2014 @ 12:01 GMT
Hi.Its been a long time since I read what Einstein actually said about Poincare's or Lorentz's prior discoveries in relativity so please take what I wrote with a grain of salt. More serious than the question of priority is the long and winding road reaching a dead end that Einstein took physics: By denying the ether and by making space and time flexible and c constant a priori he demolished the possibility of Lorentz' relativity in absolute space and time with a maximum of c but a variable speed of light. Read my fqxi essay Fix Physics for more along these lines.

Roger Schlafly replied on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 00:29 GMT
I am not sure what you think was a dead end, but Lorentz used a constant speed of light, and Einstein got that directly from Lorentz.

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Author Vladimir F. Tamari replied on Apr. 14, 2014 @ 14:30 GMT
Roger a constant and maximum speed of light in vacuume does result from the Lorentz transformations, but imposing it ipso facto leads to trouble, as Einstein himself discovered when he realized that light speed decreases in a gravitational field. Basing GR on flexi-space and time as dimensions has made gravity too complicated. In an absolute time and space gravity can probably be described simply as the result of local density and twisting gradients in an ether. Worse is Einstein's photon as a point particle concept the innocent-looking idea - now experimentally disproven by Eric Reiter - that has created duality and the conceptual logjam that has bedevilled physics since the 1920's.

Stephen Tuck replied on Apr. 23, 2014 @ 14:59 GMT
I really enjoyed this essay because it was quite imaginative and entertaining. On the c-constant, I would have to say that it is an Energy Constant but not a light-speed constant. The Aether exists as the work of Maxwell (if not Lorentz and Faraday) is based upon it. The equations using the Parameters of Space have a deep connection to the Aether for which those parameters define. Einstein's work wasn't without flaw. He never mathematically finished the equation of Special Relativity and his Theory of General Relativity was incorrect. He had half the equation of General Relativity correct (his initially derived equation), but the Riemann Geometry was wrong. I have found that gravitation is due to dipolar, rotational kinetic-energy. I discovered that when I figured out what the 8PI in Einstein's Field Equation represented. I linked the right-hand side of Einstein's Field Equation with Ampère's Force Law. I believe that this integration of Gravity and an Electromagnetic Force Law is the Unified Field Equation. You can read my essay "How Should Himanity Steer the Future? by Stephen Tuck" for more information.

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Member Dean Rickles wrote on Apr. 9, 2014 @ 09:43 GMT
Delightful essay! - witty, well-informed, and sane.

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Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Apr. 9, 2014 @ 13:45 GMT
Thanks Dean.

Hoang cao Hai wrote on Apr. 23, 2014 @ 02:01 GMT
Very happy to see you

You was change the style compared to the previous times, but that still very interesting essay.

Best wishes with the highest score for the passion and enthusiasm of you


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Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Apr. 23, 2014 @ 12:49 GMT
Hello Hoang cao

how are you?

Thank you for your kind comment. I will see if you have an essay!

Good luck


Vladimir Rogozhin wrote on Apr. 23, 2014 @ 14:57 GMT
Dear Vladimir,

Many thanks for an extremely interesting essay! Humor and deep fantasy is very necessary to address the issues the future of Umanity. I hope that physics and poetry together solve the major problems of our time, created by the people themselves.

I wish you good luck!

All the Best,


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Author Vladimir F. Tamari replied on Apr. 28, 2014 @ 13:47 GMT
Thank you Vladimir - I have read your essay too and commented there.


Stuart Marongwe wrote on Apr. 26, 2014 @ 12:12 GMT
Dear Vladmir

A truely intresting essay and fun to read.I have a question though. Given a chance to enter heaven wouldn't one aim his thought provoking and foundational question on life the universe and everything seen and unseen at THE CREATOR Himself?!

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Author Vladimir F. Tamari replied on Apr. 28, 2014 @ 13:41 GMT
Thank you Stuart

I have been brought up a Christian and still and consider myself one. I recognise the power for good (or sometimes the not so good) of organised religions. I have faith in faith. Yet from a purely logical point of view, without a blind faith I cannot believe in the literal reality of a Creator and heaven or hell - these are all in the here and now. I hate the words atheist or agnostic, because they classify in a too-clear-cut way, but I guess I have become one of those. Yet I know the importance of prayer and of hope. Its human contrariness, but that's my situation.

With best wishes,


Peter Jackson wrote on Apr. 26, 2014 @ 18:35 GMT

Great to see you back, and you certainly still know how to make an essay stand out. After reading a few essays brevity is also now becoming a pluspoint!

You subtly make a good number of good points without labouring anything. I think the most important may be reminding all that the; "observer has a limitless capacity for stupidity".

That alone is worth a bunch of credits as it's just as true now as when he said it! I'm losing a little conviction that it will ever change.

I'll value your comments on mine as I hope it's seminal this year. Few people seem to know Bob and Alice that well so I hope it'll show them in a good light through their work.

Very best wishes.


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Author Vladimir F. Tamari replied on Apr. 28, 2014 @ 13:29 GMT
Thank you Peter - another explanation for the mistakes humans make is that the problem is intractable, yet they are doing their best. Seen from another point of view or in hindsight it may appear as an act of almost deliberate foolishness. The human factor in steering the future has been more optimistically reviewed in Sabine's essay. I will read yours - and yes I have heard of Bob and Alice the star-crossed lovers that are forever entangled but can never meet!



Member Rick Searle wrote on Apr. 30, 2014 @ 02:44 GMT

Ah, if only Einstein had been the first president of Israel! I have had a long standing interest in a group of Jewish thinkers including him,Judah Magnes and Hannah Arendt who wanted a Jewish homeland but also a bi-national state to be shared between both Jews and Arabs.

On the other issue Einstein was most worried about- nuclear war- don't you think he would be pleased with how things have turned out so far? There is very little risk for the foreseeable future of a global nuclear war.No world war has been fought since and none appears on the horizon as far out as the middle of the century.

Best of luck,

Rick Searle

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Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on May. 2, 2014 @ 11:04 GMT
Dear Rick

Yes Einstein was a brave and independent thinker and spoke his mind frankly in quotable quotes. He was too gentle a soul to have been able to rein in the aggressive elements in the Zionist movement like Begin, responsible for the massacres and bombings that colored the conflict in the 1940's and stamped Israel's actions ever since.

I wish I could share your optimism about nuclear war - so many of those bombs have been made, and the situation (in N and S Korea for example) can degenerate quickly, but yes I do agree with you that the Cold War passed without a nuclear incident, and that is to be thankful for.

Best of luck to us !!


Member Rick Searle wrote on May. 2, 2014 @ 15:42 GMT

It's hard to keep track of comments, and I will put this after my own essay as well as you have done.You're probably right that Einstein would not have been able to reign in aggressive Zionists, but sadly, we were not able to find out.

I also agree that there continues to be a risk of nuclear conflict, but however deadly such conflict might be they do not, as the MAD of the Cold War did, threaten us with the extinction of all life on earth. Our biggest task is to make sure this risk does not reappear sometime this century- given events like that going on in Ukraine right now- the prospects do not look particularly good.

All the best,


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Author Vladimir F. Tamari replied on May. 6, 2014 @ 14:11 GMT

Einstein was actually invited to become a President of Israel but he declined. Although he supported some aspects of the Zionist movement, part of his reasoning may be reflected in this Open Letter that he signed with other Jews opposing a visit to the US by Menahim, Begin. In the letter they expressed shock at the Deir Yassin massacre of Palestinian Arabs perpetuated by a founding Zionist figure. Begin went on to become a Prime Minister of Israel.

Yes atomic war is unthinkable, but whereas MAD controlled equally armed blocks in the Cold War, Israel now has hundreds of atomic weapons but for better or worse none of its political opponents have any. I wonder how this will play out in the coming years and decades, and hope a just peace will be achieved long before.


Georgina Woodward wrote on May. 5, 2014 @ 02:10 GMT
Hi Vladimir,

I'm glad I read your essay. I thought it might be a bit corny from the title but the story, dialogue and illustrations are fresh and original. It makes a light hearted way of talking about really serious problems. Nuclear war is something I haven't talked about in my essay but you show with the figures and examples of unrest that it is a vast and serious threat. I think unfortunately as long as there are nation states and nationalism there will be the desire to have those weapons as a deterrent to hostility.

New Zealand is one of the few developed countries not to have nuclear power. Relying on hydro, geothermal and wind energy. It is also a highly geologically unstable country. As the earthquakes in Christchurch have shown earthquakes do not only happen in areas of known activity. Very good reasons not to go nuclear as I see it but nonetheless the idea touted with no mention of unstable geology and possible consequences. Madness? Nuclear energy prospects in New Zealand.

Nice call to action at the end, basically be nice to each other, stop fighting and take care of the world. Yes lets. Good luck, Georgina Parry

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Author Vladimir F. Tamari replied on May. 7, 2014 @ 04:07 GMT
Thanks Georgina - I wrote a lengthy responmse yesterday but the goblins ate it up! Nuclear war aside, I said that while nuclear energy seems economically the only way to go these days, it is foolhardy because it is such a dangerous technology. Japan has one of the world's best trained and educated work-force with a great work-ethic, yet at Fukushima chaos reigned and they had to use fire hoses to cool the reactor. Howbeit if a future accident befalls a reactor with a worse trained, or an irresponsible technical staff?

Do you live in NZ? Before yesterday we woke up to a No. 4 trembler but nothing serious happened. A major earthquake under or near Tokyo is feared however one of these days. Oh and the father of nuclear physics is the great New Zealander Rutherford the discoverer of the nucleus!



Thomas Howard Ray wrote on May. 6, 2014 @ 12:55 GMT

Leaving politics aside, your essay was up to your usual high standard of mixing entertainment with wisdom.

Einstein's legacy has been so mythologized that it's nearly impossible to separate the man from the myth. Where his spiritual values are concerned, though, I think one need reach back -- to Baruch Spinoza. Spinoza was excommunicated from the Dutch Jewish community for denying Jewish particularism in favor of the universal liberal ideal. Neither Spinoza nor Einstein, however, were in favor of putting ideals before people, whether they happen to be Jews or anyone else.



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Anonymous wrote on May. 6, 2014 @ 15:01 GMT
Dear Tom

"Leaving politics aside..."

Gladly, as I value the good communication I have had with you over the years here on fqxi, but I see we both got overly worked up when discussing certain issues.

Yes regrettably Einstein has become a mythical larger-than-life figure and I am afraid I used this idealised persona to express some of my views about the future. The essay's anonymous co-author is a real admirer of Einstein as a social visionary and is knowledgeable about Einstein's friendship with Paul Robson and his support for what was to become the Civil Rights movement in the US.

I said 'regrettably' because I now think Einstein as a physicist has made some choices in his theories that 'worked' brilliantly in their own framework, but have lead physics to a real dead-end.

I have heard much about Spinoza and once tried to read some of his writings, but the text was very difficult. The trouble with belonging to any closed community, political party, state , and especially to a successful religion is that it has built-in often invisible walls that exclude those outside its beliefs or social networks. It is a real dilemma for mankind because human beings need to get organised, yet have to stay open to other people's legitimate reality and needs. How to do that in a way a Spinoza or Einstein would approve of is the question!

Perhaps the Internet is now allowing individuals to get organized globaly yet stay connected in small local sub-groups... but will the 1% allow this to continue?

Best wishes,


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Thomas Howard Ray replied on May. 6, 2014 @ 16:15 GMT
"I said 'regrettably' because I now think Einstein as a physicist has made some choices in his theories that 'worked' brilliantly in their own framework, but have lead physics to a real dead-end."

Heck, Vladimir, even Einstein knew that. General relativity works only up to diffeomorphism; Einstein did not intend it to be a complete theory of gravity.

" ... human beings need to get organised, yet have to stay open to other people's legitimate reality and needs. How to do that in a way a Spinoza or Einstein would approve of is the question!"

And Spinoza's answer is: liberal secularism. Same as Einstein's.

"Perhaps the Internet is now allowing individuals to get organized globaly yet stay connected in small local sub-groups... but will the 1% allow this to continue?"

They won't be able to stop it.



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Author Vladimir F. Tamari replied on May. 7, 2014 @ 04:27 GMT

Secularism is eminently reasonable, but religion has an awesome grip on many hearts and minds. Madame Curie once said she should not try to dissuade anyone from their faith... is secularism a faith :)

I discussed what I think Einstein got wrong in my essay "Fix Physics!" - its much more that GR.

"They won't be able to stop it."

As the Arabic saying has it 'from your mouth to the gates of heaven!'


Judy Nabb wrote on May. 7, 2014 @ 00:30 GMT

I enjoyed your very entertaining entry. I don' supposed either mentioned if our present population explosion was by design, or if we should limit procreation? Should we leave it to those upstairs or take some hard choices ourselves? And if it's our choice, which ones?

It seems unless we find a major step forward in understanding of the planet and the way the universe works we may need to take on the mantle. Did you get any vibes in that regard? We really seem no further ahead theoretically than when Einstein was last down here.

Also, had he worked out exactly where it was he went wrong? His disciples don't seem interested in continuing his search so reality seems to remain suspended. Just a hint would be helpful.


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Author Vladimir F. Tamari replied on May. 7, 2014 @ 04:20 GMT
Thanks Judy

Others have mentioned that I neglected to mention overpopulation as a major problem. Of course it is. China's one child per couple policy has limited growth in one of the largest global populations..but it is a difficult and bitter rule to follow in many cases. Oh we understand the Universe as well as we can for the practical purpose of maintenance of our corner of it, but it is our own human mind and action, our society and behavior we have to deal with in order to solve our many problems.

Einstein has disciples? It almost seems so from the mythological status he has now been elevated to. Physics is searching for answers, and we have to move on from some of his premises.

I see you have an interesting essay and I shall read it and comment there anon.



Gbenga Michael Ogungbuyi wrote on May. 7, 2014 @ 15:04 GMT
Dear Vladimir,

As an author who submitted his article early, I wonder why I have not read your article. Your article is very entertaining and original in content. I found your artistic designs irresistible wondering their meanings. You have also demonstrated the talent of your calling. It held my interest through out.

I am particular happy to see Einstein reply using his friend theory- Newton. To every action there is equal and opposite action.

I employ you to read my article STRIKING A BALANCE BETWEEN TECHNOLOGY AND ECOSYSTEM in this link .

I used the principle of Newton laws to validate my theory. Please read it and also leave a comment and rating.

I wish you an astounding accomplishment in this competition.



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Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on May. 7, 2014 @ 15:25 GMT
Thank you Gbenga there were so many essays in this contest I too missed many interesting ones. Thank you for pointing out yours; I will read it and comment on your page inshallah (a useful expression regarding steering to any future action!)

I wish you the best of luck


James Lee Hoover wrote on May. 15, 2014 @ 20:43 GMT

It's time to start the rating after a month of reading essays. Yours was one of the better, one which communicated good ideas and which provided inspiration in your vivid conversation with the great one.


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Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on May. 16, 2014 @ 11:40 GMT
Thanks Jim as I wrote on your page I enjoyed your essay and found your optimism inspiring. I thought I had rated it, but just did.

Best wishes


Israel Perez wrote on May. 20, 2014 @ 21:45 GMT
Dear Vladimir

I enjoy reading your essay, very creative and witty! I'm not historian but I have studied Einstein's life and achievements considerably. I'd like to make some comments.

You say: If left unsolved, these problems, added to economic inequality, terrorism, and religious conflicts, could escalate out of hand into global war.

Well, in my view the source of most of the...

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Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on May. 21, 2014 @ 00:49 GMT
Thank you, Israel

The statement above is not a summary of my political ideas haha. As in your first name, also the word Zion (another name for Jerusalem) found in the Koran and many hymns, Palestinians have problems disassociating these spiritual religious terms found in their Christianity and Islam, from the political realities in the Middle East today.

The Jews (whether recent converts or not) "return" to Palestine after thousands of years. Should we Palestinians forget our usurped homeland after 66 years of occupation or exile?

Anyway I thank you for your comments about my essay. I have lived in Japan for decades and it has always been very peaceful, so my experience of war and political conflict is in the past, at second hand, or through reading the media. This may have coloured the tone of my essay, but I think looking at the question from a distant vantage point allowed me to venture some of the generalisations that you have mentioned.

There is room for many viewpoints, and in a democracy that is necessary. But when one group uses religious or racial criteria to suppress and evict other human beings it is wrong. I hate to sound one of the conspiracy theorists, but there is a global 1% that has the power and the will to influence or manipulate economic and political events to their advantage. The US-Israel partnership to redraw the maps in the Middle East, whether to buttress fortress Israel, or to keep cheap oil flowing, (as in Iraq) regardless of how much suffering is inflicted on the locals in the process, shows this power in action.

I shall look at your essay, and wish you all the best.


Israel Perez replied on May. 22, 2014 @ 06:05 GMT
Dear Vladimir

Thanks for your reply.

You: Should we Palestinians forget our usurped homeland after 66 years of occupation or exile?

I understand what you mean.

You: But when one group.... ... shows this power in action.

I agree, but I think conflict is part of human nature and we have to deal with this. Americans are influenced by Jews because Jews are economically very powerful, that's quite evident.

good luck in the contest!

Best Regards


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Author Vladimir F. Tamari replied on May. 23, 2014 @ 14:09 GMT
Exactly human nature is that amazing thing that can create beautiful music, build fabulous cities, and also lead to selfishness greed and wars. As human beings we have to work with this nature of ours, learn to avoid its shortcomings

Don Limuti wrote on May. 27, 2014 @ 20:44 GMT
Hi Vladimir,

Good to see you in another contest. Excellent essay, I wish I wrote it.

It was entertaining, gave a history of science, and highlighted the important problems of war and peace. Your work in praise of Einstein is very welcome. It is no contest.. you win.. exalted personage!

It struck me that Shakespeare had a philosophy of now that is not dissimilar from yours.

"And therefore as a stranger give it welcome. There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

Don Limuti

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Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on May. 28, 2014 @ 03:24 GMT
Thanks Don for your kind words. As I mentioned I did have an anonymous co-author who wrote some of the best parts.

Yes the essay reflects my affection and admiration for Einstein the humanist and wise commentator on the affairs of this world. Alas in physics I agree with many who have concluded that Einstein's contribution. great as it is, needs to be replaced by new concepts. Basic things about the speed of light, the ether, about space and time being flexible, and especially about the point photon.

Thanks for the great Shakespeare quote - I really should make an effort to read his plays anew, or at least see them performed on video - it is a privilege all English speakers have and should make use of!

Best wishes from Vladimir

Christian Corda wrote on May. 30, 2014 @ 12:34 GMT
Dear Vladimir,

It is my pleasure meeting you again in 2014 FQXi Contest. I just finished to read your intriguing and peculiar Essay. Here are my comments:

1) Einstein is my myth. Thus, I can only appreciate an Essay having him as main character.

2) I agree with your statement that "Einstein was not just a great physicist but a pacifist and a social activist who criticised the capitalist system of his time for concentrating wealth in the hands of a privileged few", although sometimes such idea is abused. Einstein was not a communist, but a Social Democratic instead.

3) The issue of the FQXi website as a wormhole to Heaven, together with Einstein's definition of FQXi as "open to a mixed bunch of excellent academics and inspired amateurs and plain cranks and bumblers" and with Einstein playing dice with God, is very funny.

4) Historically, the issue that Poincaré wrote E=mc^2 before Einstein is misleading. Poincaré claimed that the energy of an electromagnetic wave should work as a fictitious fluid having mass E/c^2. But this idea resulted in contrast with the relativity principle. The solution of this paradox was due to Einstein interpretation. In the following, Poincaré rejected the idea of the mass-energy equivalence.

5) Actually, Einstein never claimed that "everything is relative!" also from the physical point of view. He originally called his theory invariance, meaning that laws of nature are invariant and, in turn, space and time must be relative.

Summarizing, your Essay has been a very nice reading for me. Thus, I am going to give you an high rate.

I hope you will have time to read and rate my Essay.

Best luck in the Contest.



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Author Vladimir F. Tamari replied on May. 30, 2014 @ 14:37 GMT
Thank you Christian , I appreciate the close reading you gave my essay and am glad you enjoyed it. You are an expert in Relativity and can see its beauty and how it works on so many levels. After many years of thinking about this I find that Einstein as a physicist was too brilliant and imaginative for the good of physics! Instead of following in the footsteps of Lorentz and others, and working out the implications of the transformations in an absolute Universe, he started out with c as a constant and the rest of the Universe has to expand and contract accordingly. The theory works, but at a great cost - in General Relativity Einstein himself realised that light has to slow down as it decelerates in a curve in a gravitational field. Another big issue I have with Einstein is his decreeing, god-like, that the photon is a particle. Recent experiments by Eric Reiter have shown it is not..and the whole particle- wave duality is an artificial obfuscation that has descended on physics to this day.

It is easy for me to say all these things in a general and in an unproven way, and with only a qualitative outline Beautiful Universe theory to back up these ideas. Nevertheless as you can see in my essay I admire Einstein both as a physicist, because he was always willing to revise his own ideas, and to trust his physical intuition, and as a man of peace.

Best wishes for your success


Christian Corda replied on May. 30, 2014 @ 17:03 GMT
Dear Vladimir,

Thanks for your kind reply to my comments.

I agree with your judgement on Einstein. I did not know experiments by Eric Reiter on photons, I am going to inform about them. Thanks for signalling your qualitative outline Beautiful Universe theory. I will read it too.



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Jonathan J. Dickau wrote on Jun. 6, 2014 @ 04:01 GMT

A thoughtful and fun essay Vladimir, and I greatly enjoyed the illustrations. I have a different view of entropy, and I believe that equating it with disorder can lead to social problems - but Einstein's comment about entropy was quite peripheral to your thesis. I liked this one a lot, and I'll have more to say when there is time.

All the Best,


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Author Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Jun. 30, 2014 @ 10:34 GMT
A belated thanks Jonathan - I will have to re-read the essay to see what I said about entropy (this show that indeed the concept is also peripheral to my own theorising!) . Sometimes concepts in physics are ignorantly applied to other fields - for example using Relativity to argue for moral relativity.

From reading your always well-reasoned writings this cannot be the case when you say that equating entropy with disorder can cause social problems. Please amplify.

Best wishes


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