Out of my Later Years

by: Albert Einstein, read in 1990

11 The reason for war and poverty: "...the fact that the intelligence and the character of the masses are incomparably lower than the intelligence and character of the few who produce something valuable for the community."
17 The real difficulty in solving social problems: "how can we make our teaching so potent in the emotional life of man, that its influence should withstand the pressure of the elemental psychic forces in the individual?"
18 The problem with the schools and the press: "...their competitive method! Everything is dominated by the cult of efficiency and of success and not by the value of things and men in relation to the moral ends of human society. To that must be added the moral deterioration resulting from a ruthless economic struggle."
25 Science vs. Religion
34 The destructiveness of competition in education.
34-35 Definition of success and value of a life
35 Most important motive for work in school: "...the pleasure in work, pleasure in its result and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community."
36 Definition of education: "Education is that which remains, if one has forgotten everything he learned in school."
60 Foundations of the notion of reality
61 Definition of thinking: "operations with concepts, and the creation and use of definite functional relations between them, and the coordination of sense experiences to these concepts."
64 Awesome fact: The world is comprehensible.
68 Fatal error of Euclidean Geometry - puzzling sentence: "The fatal error that the necessity of thinking, preceding all experience, was at the basis of Euclidian geometry and the concept of space belonging to it, this fatal error arose from the fact that the empirical basis, on which the axiomatic construction of Euclidian geometry rests, had fallen into oblivion."
107 Degrees of freedom - dimension
111 Major steps in language evolution
113 What will science do to/for mankind?
113 The character(istic) of our age: "Perfection of means and confusion of goals."
116 An elementary derivation of the equivalence of mass and energy
252 "Conflict of Visions" idea

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