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Tidbits #57

Once fish swallow more micro-plastic than plankton, we are doomed. Everywhere human navigate, micro-plastic exist. Space and beer have micro-plastic. Actually, the sources of rivers are more polluted in micro-plastic than the rest of the river.

The past is supposed to be a phase to grow up, Not to dwell upon. You moved forward, just keep moving onward.

Private Lebanese banks (there are No publicly owned banks), the hunting dogs for our militia/mafia “leaders” , have figured out that it cannot lose by lending the government at 18% interest rate (Ponzi scheme), on the assumption that a State cannot go bankrupt. The government has always enough assets and “properties” to redeem its debt to the banks. The banks are working also on the assumption that it is their “shareholders” (most of them are the successive Parliament deputies in the last 3 decades) who want their money back, and Not the 80% of the small depositors who lost everything and are hungry and in despair.

I contend that the purpose of any “sovereign fund” is to re-launch the economy when the banks and financial institutions exercise undue pressure on the government in order to keep the interest rates high for the small enterprises.

The gross domestic product GDP does Not allow for the health of our children, the air quality, water quality, the quality of their education or the joy of their play, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public official

When you have two sets of laws, two sets of norms, two sets of values, two sets of roads.’ How would you call such a State of Israel? Apartheid for sure, and worse, a colonial occupier too

A lot of hysterical outburst for re-instituting Aghia Sophia as a mosque? It was a mosque for 450 years, transformed into a museum in 1937, still a museum, but can be used to also pray. And why you all forgot that mandated France, gave away to Turkey Syrian land, as vast as current Syria?

Short-lived preferences (like joining a guerrilla movement) may be impossible to undo when preferences return to original state (impossible to get out when emotions are back to normal)

The ancient city-state of Athens could Not swallow the concept of free expressions in public. Athens political structure was mainly controlled by the oligarchy and the rich conservatives. And the famous “philosophers” like Socrates, Anaxagoras and Protagoras charged that all these adventurer aristocrats depleted the finances of the City with extravagant wars, for seeking political status. The oligarchy fomented successive wars on other cities in order to keep the empire cowed and the subjugated city-states paying their due taxes.

The soul, the spirit… are what your brain interpret of your sensory experiences. Since we mostly ignore or forget the “context” of our experiences (people, environment, emotional status…) it is impossible to classify the types of spirit we ended up with.

A purely military government in Lebanon is Not necessary. What is needed is that the army, Hezbollah and Syria agree on the kind of coup d’etat is appropriate and how to close all the borders for coming in and going out. Without any exception and start open trials.

The Middle-East “status” has to wait the negotiations on the status of sphere of influence among US, China, Russia and EU. Covid-19 is the catalyst to get these super countries around a table.

Juin 1958, lors de la conférence, à Berne, célébrant le 50e anniversaire de la découverte de la relativité, Max Born, ami de longue date d’Einstein, chargé de rendre hommage à Lorentz et Poincaré déclara « petitement » : « Le raisonnement qu’a utilisé Henri Poincaré est exactement le même que celui qu’Einstein avait introduit dans son premier article de 1905 …  » 

The work of Henri Poincaré precede the principles “discovered” by Einstein. Einstein le pilla, concerne principalement les mathématiques pures, la physique et l’astronomie. Miléna MARIC, la 1ère femme d’Einstein, était une remarquable matheuse qui a rédigé une bonne partie des travaux d’einstein qui était physicien mais pas matheux.

Les deux génies méconnus , Clémence Royer ( qui a inventé la physique quantique ) et Burkhard Heim ( qui a fusionné théorie de la relativité et physique quantique ) .

Mobile phone Towers of terror? In Mexico, technicians repairing mobile phone towers dread a common discovery: parasite antennas installed by drug cartels that piggyback on telecom company infrastructure.

Reuters reports that some workers have been threatened and even kidnapped to repay cartel equipment, while others are extorted for protection money. Some of that cash in turn comes from US and Chinese firms like AT&T and Huawei that operate in Mexico. One thing is clear: The Mexican government is looking the other way—Tim Fernholz

The US poultry industry is actively exposing its workers to Covid-19. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been protecting corporations over workers,

Late Iraqi scientist Professor Abed Jabbar Abed Allah: Student of Einstein

سافر العالم أينشتاين إلى اليابان عام 1922 في الوقت الذي تم فيه الإعلان عن فوزه بجائزة نوبل للفيزياء !
وفي الفندق لم يجد معه مالاً ليعطيه للخادم الذي جلب الشاي.

فأمسك ورقة وكتب فيها جملة ثم وقعها ثم أعطاها للخادم ونصحه بالاحتفاظ بها.
بعد مرور 95 عاماً، في يوم 24/10/2017 اتصل أحد أبناء أخوة عامل الفندق ذاك، بدار المزايدات المقام في مدينة القدس ،لطرح الورقة في المزاد.

ابتدأ المزاد بالشاري الأول (2000 دولار) وبعد 25 دقيقة وقف المزاد على مبلغ (1,3 مليون دولار).
الآن… لنرى ماذا كتب أينشتاين في تلك الورقة:

{{ حياة هادئة ومتواضعة تجلب قدراً من السعادة أكبر من السعي للنجاح المصحوب بالتعب المستمر }} .

في العام 1958 كان رئيس جامعة بغداد… #البروفيسور_عبدالجبار_عبدالله ، هو أحد أربعة طلاب تتلمذوا على يد العالم أينشتاين في معهد ماساشوستس في الولايات المتحدة.

عندما حدث انقلاب القوميين والإسلاميين على سلطة عبد الكريم قاسم (1963)… اعتُقل العالم الفيزيائي العراقي ، وتلميذ أينشتاين فيمن اعتقلوا من كوادر وسياسيين وأساتذة وعسكريين.

وعندما أُفرج عنه هاجر إلى الولايات المتحدة، وأقام أستاذاً في نفس المعهد، ومنحه الرئيس هاري ترومان أعلى وسام …” #وسام_العالم ”.
أحد زملاء الزنزانة عرفه جيداََ… !

يقول إنه كان يشاهده مستغرقاً في تأملاته وكانت دموعه تنهمر أحياناً.
وإنه ذات يوم تجرأ وسأله عن سبب بكائه، فأجاب العالم الكبير :

عندما جاء الحرس القومي لاعتقالي… صفعني أحدهم، فأسقطني على الأرض. ثم فتش جيوبي وسرق ما لدي، وأخذ فيما أخذ قلم الحبر الذي أهداه إلي #ألبرت_أينشتاين، يوم نيلي شهادة الدكتوراه التي وقعها به.
وكان قلماً جميلاً من الياقوت الأحمر.
ولم أكن استعمل هذا القلم إلا لتوقيع شهادات الدكتوراه لطلابي في جامعة بغداد.

صمت هذا العالم قليلاً. ثم قال:
لم تؤلمني الصفعة ولا الاعتقال المهين.
ما آلمني أن الذي صفعني كان …أحد طلابي.

هذا ما قاله #البروفيسور_عبد_الجبار_عبدالله .
و #أينشتاين يقول:

(“2% من البشر يفكرون.
3% من البشر يظنون أنهم يفكرون.
95% من البشر يفضلون الموت على أن يفكروا”.)

الخادم الياباني أكرم انشتاين و احتفظ بالقصاصة لأحفاده بينما رجال السلطة لدينا اهانوا أنشتاين العراق والعرب وكسروا قلم أنشتاين…

ليس فقط في العراق بل الوطن العربي قاطبةََ دمروا العلم والعلماء والتعليم واهتموا بإنشاء جيل مهووس بالغناء والكرة والملاهي التي لا تسمن ولاتغني ولا تفيد إلا في انهيار الأمة….


Einstein Warns Of Zionist Fascism In Israel: Open letter to NYT in 1948

Note: A re-edit of 2014 post

Einstein was a staunch Zionist since 1920 and contributed hugely to the establishment of the State of Israel.

However, before and after the creation of Israel with a single vote majority in the UN, Einstein realized the ideological nature of Zionism and refused to serve in any official status.

Einstein lambasted the terrorist Zionist organizations against the British mandated power and against the civilian Palestinians.

Those terrorist leaders became later Israel Prime Ministers like Menachem Begin, Shamir, Sharon….

Israel refuses to release the documents written by Einstein after the establishment of Israel.

Einstein Letter Warning Of Zionist Fascism In Israel
Letter That Albert Einstein Sent to the New York Times December 4, 1948
Protesting the Visit of Menachem Begin

Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the “Freedom Party” (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties.

It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine

The current visit of Menachem Begin, leader of this party, to the United States is obviously calculated to give the impression of American support for his party in the coming Israeli elections, and to cement political ties with conservative Zionist elements in the United States.

Several Americans of national repute have lent their names to welcome his visit. It is inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughout the world, if correctly informed as to Mr. Begin’s political record and perspectives, could add their names and support to the movement he represents.

Before irreparable damage is done by way of financial contributions, public manifestations in Begin’s behalf, and the creation in Palestine of the impression that a large segment of America supports Fascist elements in Israel, the American public must be informed as to the record and objectives of Mr. Begin and his movement.

The public avowals of Begin’s party are no guide whatever to its actual character. 

Today they speak of freedom, democracy and anti-imperialism, whereas until recently they openly preached the doctrine of the Fascist state. It is in its actions that the terrorist party betrays its real character; from its past actions we can judge what it may be expected to do in the future.

Attack on Arab (Palestinian) Village

A shocking example was their behavior in the Arab village of Deir Yassin.This village, off the main roads and surrounded by Jewish lands, had taken no part in the war, and had even fought off Arab bands who wanted to use the village as their base.

On April 9 (THE NEW YORK TIMES), terrorist bands attacked this peaceful village, which was not a military objective in the fighting, killed most of its inhabitants: 240 men, women, and children – and kept a few of them alive to parade as captives through the streets of Jerusalem.

Most of the Jewish community was horrified at the deed, and the Jewish Agency sent a telegram of apology to King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan.

But the terrorists, far from being ashamed of their act, were proud of this massacre, publicized it widely, and invited all the foreign correspondents present in the country to view the heaped corpses and the general havoc at Deir Yassin.

The Deir Yassin incident exemplifies the character and actions of the Freedom Party. Within the Jewish community they have preached an admixture of ultranationalism, religious mysticism, and racial superiority.

Like other Fascist parties they have been used to break strikes, and have themselves pressed for the destruction of free trade unions.  In their stead they have proposed corporate unions on the Italian Fascist model.

During the last years of sporadic anti-British violence, the IZL and Stern groups inaugurated a reign of terror in the Palestine Jewish community.

Teachers were beaten up for speaking against them, adults were shot for not letting their children join them.

By gangster methods, beatings, window-smashing, and wide-spread robberies, the terrorists intimidated the population and exacted a heavy tribute.

The people of the Freedom Party have had no part in the constructive achievements in Palestine. They have reclaimed no land, built no settlements, and only detracted from the Jewish defense activity.

Their much-publicized immigration endeavors were minute, and devoted mainly to bringing in Fascist compatriots.

Discrepancies Seen

The discrepancies between the bold claims now being made by Begin and his party, and their record of past performance in Palestine bear the imprint of no ordinary political party.

This is the unmistakable stamp of a Fascist party for whom terrorism (against Jews, Arabs, and British alike), and misrepresentation are means, and a “Leader State” is the goal.

In the light of the foregoing considerations, it is imperative that the truth about Mr. Begin and his movement be made known in this country. It is all the more tragic that the top leadership of American Zionism has refused to campaign against Begin’s efforts, or even to expose to its own constituents the dangers to Israel from support to Begin.

The undersigned therefore take this means of publicly presenting a few salient facts concerning Begin and his party; and of urging all concerned not to support this latest manifestation of fascism


Note: All the massacres against the Palestinians in villages and towns immediately after the declaration of Israel, as an independent state, were planned, agreed upon and with the blessings of Ben Gurion, first PM and leader of Hagana. 

Actually the genocide rampages  were planned since 1937 in its minute details, the specific villages, the zones and the timing..And with the cooperation of the British mandated power.

More than 400 villages were erased from the map and new names given to them after rebuilding with Jewish settlers. All the Palestinian refugees to Lebanon and Jordan were promised to Return by the UN. They still refugees around the world.

Gaza people is marching every Friday, March for Return,  to the borders and Israel snipers  kill and maim them with live bullets and the world community is refusing to broadcast these events.

Mon cher Georges: How Einstein mathematically suggested his famous equation?

In my year of Matheleme (Terminal, last year of high-school), the physic teacher, an old Friar, tall and still robust, solved on the blackboard the double integration for the classical equation of movement. Instead of just integrating for Space as the only variable, Einstein integrated also Time as a second variable.

I covered two large pages on my notebook for the entire integration. The teacher was also very convincing on resolving the constant C to be the speed of light.

It was an eye-opening session of how mathematics can predict phenomenon Not yet subjected to experimentation. I had lost my notebook and feels angry. Anyone who can share with me these integrations, this person will make my day.

In university, the course that I loved most was Nuclear physics because we used the straightforward Einstein/Relativity equation for conservation of energy and momentum of the particles. Nothing to it and no graphs…

For years, we resolved the classical equations for energy and momentum that drove me to the wall and stabbed every fiber of my patience.

In class of 7eme (Certificat), I was relocated from the boarding school in Beit-Chabab to a French catholic school in Furn el Shebaak.

I had completely forgotten my French during the last 6 years and had to start all over. By the end of the year I was doing better than the French students in their language.

I remember that my late aunt Therese spent 2 hours to make me memorize 2 sentences of “Bayard, le chevalier sans peur et sans reproche…” Therese invested countless hours exercising me on dictation.

Therese lived with us for 3 years before she got married and she is the one who initiated me to read books. She bought for me the pink collection then the green collection and I ended up reading big volumes for Stendhal, Victor Hugo, Dumas (father and son)… As soon I came home, I started reading for hours: No one complained as long as quietness was maintained.

One teacher,  Anselm, was a sadistic person (et il louchait) and used to hit students on their hands with a ruler and make them kneel in a corner. Once my hands got blue and he got scared shit: he never again attempted to touch me. I used to wake up at 4 am, go to school and walk the yard for hours to revise my lessons.

In the 6 eme, the French teacher paid my parents a visit to ask them Not to help me in my French essays. He was flabbergasted when he realized that my parents could barely write in French. I remember that the essay I submitted was on our feeling for returning to school covered 5 pages, and I wrote it in one setting, and it was excellent. Also, this booklets was misplaced to my chagrin.

Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 139

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pay attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

The Phoenicians built the city-State of Thebes in Greece, 3 centuries before Athens existed. This famous city generated the illustrious Amphion, Hesiod, Corinna, Pindar, Epaminondas, Plutarch…

Three out of the 7 Greek Wise-men were Phoenicians, and among them was Thales of Miletus: born in a Phoenician City-State.

Appolonius of Tyre (60 BC) is the stoic philosopher who provided a “Tabulated account of the philosophers of the school of Zeno and their books”

Water carriers in Mecca were despised because any overflowing of water would damage the streets and homes built out of sand.

Masse7 joukh wa 3awwed al naass 3al 7arad

The Black Stone  (Ka3ba in Mecca) enshrined about 360 idols brought from around the neighboring civilizations to entice pilgrims in from all around the regions of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and India.   Idol Allah was the chief among them but failed to generate profit to owner.

It is funny these repeat scenes in movies where someone is drawing a list of pro and con qualities on the partner, and they are wondering how come the friendship lasted that long. Your 5 senses will tell you if this friendship can be sustained.

The aging process requires some kind of solitude, of larger needs for more privacy, and of hiding growing deficiencies…

Many mathematicians and scientists earned Nobel Prizes for researching the phenomena of randomness and chaos in the universe and the extremely rare events located on the tails of the Bell Curve shaped graph of the probability for the occurrence of events.

Thomas Jefferson said: “If the America people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currencies, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their prosperity until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

New research has found that simply learning a new word can spark up the same reward circuits in the brain that are activated during pleasurable activities such as sex. No wonder there are so many bookworms and scrabble addicts out there.

Einstein ventures into saying that if the old Jewish traditions relied on fear tactics to impose its values then it has outgrown it (Israel is currently totally relying on instilling fear in the region on a State scale).

Zionists insist on calling the Palestinians “Arabs”; this is not a simple general label that the Europeans used, but an ideological Zionist indoctrination to rob the native Palestinians of any national identity.

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a number of resolutions saying that the strategic relationship with the United States encourages Israel to pursue aggressive and expansionist policies and practices.[3]

The 9th Emergency Session of the General Assembly was convened at the request of the Security Council when the United States blocked efforts to adopt sanctions against Israel.[4] The United States responded to the frequent criticism from UN organs by adopting the Negroponte doctrine.

Masse7 joukh wa 3awwed al naass 3al 7arad

Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 130

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

There are two viable solutions for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, short of exterminating one party or most probably both, that has been spreading death, disabilities, miseries, indignities and humiliation since 1920.

From a psychological necessity, a Palestinian State will make them feel that persistent resistance and countless “martyrs” for re-establishing their rights as legitimate and independent people have brought fruits, as any genuine national resistance ultimately should.

It would be inevitable that the Palestinian State be guaranteed a neutrality status (no preemptive wars within and outside its borders) by the world community and the regional powers (Like in Switzerland?).

Mago of Carthage wrote the masterful 28 volumes on agricultureTreatise on Agriculture” and considered by the Romans as the “Father of Agriculture”

Pythagoras’ mother was Phoenician and she sailed from the island of Samus to Lebanon Afka Temple in order for her son to receive the lustral consecration (baptized according to the rite that is still performed in Lebanon).

Il apparait que, tant que tu lis passionement, si la Mort est de passage, Il se penchera pour lire ton livre. Tant que tu lis, la Mort te protege

Pour briser les moules, il faut d’abord les connaitre. On apprend toujours les methodes conventionelles: c’est l’ecole.

L’effet tunnel: Voir le monde a travers une longue-vue, se trouver a l’exterieur des choses et la vie. Ca s’appelle l’ angoissse, le stress.

Around the world, a growing body of evidence is showing that people with lower levels of stress and higher levels of mental well-being are more creative, more productive and take less time off work.

White males coping with financially difficult times (the poorer classes) view firearms as “morally and emotionally restorative” to society’s problems.

My second impression of the USA is that the citizen projects an attitude of positive happiness to life; he smiles, he is friendly, and he is conscious of his value. (Einstein as he landed in the late 40’s)

The Europeans demonstrate critical minds and absence of generosity and compassion. The European asks a lot from his entertainments and readings. (Einstein as he landed in the late 40’s)

So far, Iranian mullahs have been consistent in safeguarding the territorial integrity in the Middle-East. Saudi Kingdom has been consistent in the last 90 years of executing the plans of the power of Evils (US expansionist policies, Israel apartheid regime and extremist religious sects)).

Do tell us Saad Hariri when you board your private jet, so we can locate you in time of difficulties

Yalla, yi teer bi doun ma yesta2zen majless al wouzarat wa President saaret min khabar kaan

Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 131

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

Sure, Abdullah Saleh of Yemen is a master opportunist, but the Hawthis  need to balance their ideology to keep the security and integrity of Yemen. He mounted a coup on his partners, failed and was assassinated when fleeing, like his predessessors

It is Not because we never trusted the Saudi Kingdom frenetic “dominion” policy over their neighbors that we have to keep trusting the mullahs and wilayat Faqih of Iran once their power take roots.

Dans mon cas, la “folle du logis”, l’imaginaire des reves diurnes demande plus d’espace et deplace la memoire des details.

Je suis un auteur amnesiaque, une ardoise du passe’ mal effacee’. Si j’ai ecrit mon autobiographie, c’est justement pour mettre de cote’ cette ardois de malheur.

J’ insiste sur l’atmosphere generale, les sensations, les actions et reactions: Les details du passe’ ne me viennent pas.

Une foret dense est une foret, une jungle enigmatique, touffue, une representation de l’obscurite’, de l’irrationale, de la folie qui guette a tout moment.

The third impression is that State influence is relatively weak; almost all the economy is privatized. Discrepancies in social earnings are balanced out by social and community feeling of responsibilities toward the less well off. (Einstein in 1940 of the USA)

The rich people are willing to re-distribute a large chunk of their wealth and offer their services to the communities simply because public opinion is strong and demands such tendencies (Einstein in 1940 of the USA)

The 5th impression is that the US citizen is generally not receptive to classical music and plastic art. (Einstein in 1940 of the USA

Is it a good enough proposal for Moslem Brotherhood to claim that women will not be subjugated to the same servile standards as in Saudi Kingdom, the most obscurantist Wahhabi sect, to enhancing freedom of opinion, liberty, and equal rights in Egypt, Turkey and Qatar?

Talleyrand said during the revolution, which culminated in a period of utter Terror: “The French had no idea that in the Regency (during King Louis 16), in their long history, they never had it so well and lived that well” . De Tocqueville demonstrated that France was the best Kingdom in Europe during King Louis 16


Einstein and Me: Turned out to be I’m his great niece?

Does this legitimate my contribution to Relativity?

EINSTEIN et…moi .L’autre jour, en voyant une image où l’on citait une phrase d’Albert Einstein parmi d’autres (Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Malcom X) à propos du conflit israélo-palestinien, j’ai eu le sentiment de devoir faire ici un aveu.
Je me suis lancé et, tout à coup, l’indécence entre cette histoire à dire et celle que vivaient des milliers d’enfants, de femmes et d’hommes à Gaza (où de par le monde) m’a sauté aux yeux.
Ce statut, je l’ai appelé “RELATIVITÉ”. Le double sens était caché…
Si je me décide à en parler finalement sans attendre la fin des malheurs des Palestiniens et du monde, c’est qu’au passage, il se peut que ma parole gagne, auprès de certains, en légitimité.
Je sais, vous vous demandez déjà où je pourrais vouloir en venir et pourquoi tant de détours.J’y viens. Mais d’abord, la genèse.
GENÈSE. C’était en janvier dernier. Je reçois un email de Londres de la part d’un inconnu. Il me demande si je suis bien le fils de mes parents Robert et Denise. De toute évidence, oui.
Alors il dit qu’il souhaite me parler au téléphone le lendemain. Là, il m’annonce qu’il est ami avec une cousine de ma mère surnommée Ninette, 86 ans.
Il a dû sentir que j’étais interdit. J’avais toujours compris que personne, dans la famille de ma mère (décédée en 1995), n’avait survécu aux camps de concentration…Date est donc prise pour une rencontre lors d’un prochain voyage à Londres. L’occasion se présente début avril.
Dans le restaurant où John (l’Anglais) avait réservé une pièce à part pour pouvoir s’étaler (nous et nos documents), je découvre Ninette. Pendant la guerre, elle avait pu s’échapper à pied par les Pyrénées.
Ma mère, elle, s’était échappée de l’appartement parisien – où les soldats allemands venaient, après son père André trois mois auparavant, arrêter sa grand mère Alice, sa mère Maryse et elle-même – par l’escalier de la cuisine, avait pris le métro jusqu’à Porte de Vanves et avait trouvé refuge pour longtemps dans un couvent dont elle savait l’existence.
Elle avait prétexté d’un pull à aller chercher dans sa chambre.De la bouche de Ninette, j’apprends des choses toutes simples sur ma mère enfant (“une rebelle”) ou sur mes grands-parents (dont ma mère n’avait jamais vraiment voulu parler sauf, je me souviens, sur son lit d’hôpital, pour dire qu’elle ne supportait pas quand ils lui répondaient “ cela ne se fait pas“.
Et ce serait même pour cela qu’assez jeune, elle avait goûté un peu au bouddhisme et au catholicisme.De mon côté, en guise de récit, je n’avais qu’un vieux grimoire où figuraient tout de même plus d’une centaine de photos de famille.
Mais à part celle de mon grand père et de ma grand mère, j’étais incapable de reconnaître ceux que je ne connaissais pas.LE GRAND ROULEAU
C’est alors que John et Ninette posèrent sur la table voisine un très Grand Rouleau de papier: notre arbre généalogique. A côté des Schoenfeld, la famille de ma mère, il y avait les Lévy Sée, les Lang, les Bloch, les Dreyfus
Puis ils attirèrent mon attention sur un petit carré gris où l’on pouvait lire le nom de…Là, il me faut vous laisser chercher par vous-même sur l’image jointe. Vous trouverez facilement ce petit carré gris en pivotant à gauche de mon père, Robert Barrat, et de ma mere, Denise Schoenfeld (avec leur quatre enfants au dessous d’eux).
Pour ceux qui ne se sont pas parvenus à lire ce nom, je vous le donne : Albert Einstein.Comme je ne sais pas très bien lire les branches des arbres généalogiques, je me bornerai à dire que je suis l’arrière petit- neveu d’Albert Einstein. Ou alors vous me direz quoi au juste…
Bien sûr, mes proches, depuis, me charrient. Expliquant notamment ainsi le fait que j’ai pu faire “Maths Sup” (trois semaines).
LÉGITIMITÉSi vous me le permettez, j’aimerais vous dire maintenant la phrase d’Einstein en question :
Ce serait ma plus grande tristesse de voir les Sionistes (juifs) faire aux Arabes Palestiniens beaucoup de ce que les Nazis ont fait aux Juifs“.
Une chose ici m’intrigue, comme s’il s’agissait non pas d’une opinion possiblement héréditaire mais d’un axiome. Ma mère – cofondatrice par exemple de l’Association pour la Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Culturel Palestinien – aimait quant à elle à dire qu’elle ne supportait pas qu ‘”un Peuple qui a tant souffert puisse imposer d’autres souffrances à un autre Peuple“.
Quant à votre serviteur – ayant notamment vécu les raids sur les camps palestiniens du Sud Liban et sur Beyrouth, en 1981, le siège de Beyrouth en 1982, ayant ramassé au sol ces petits tracts roses dont les gamins s’emparaient d’abord en riant dans les airs, avant de comprendre que c’était là le moyen pour l’aviation israélienne de donner un délai de grâce de 40 minutes si l’on aimait ses proches -il n’a pas de phrase clef.
Je sais seulement maintenant qu’au bout du compte, je suis un peu plus Juif que je ne le pensais. Et surtout que je ne permettrai à personne de dire que j’ai honte de moi.P .B.!See Translation
Note: Einstein integrated the classical formula for energy by including Time as another variable. 

Types of thinking or methods for resolving problems? What methods your field of practice use?

Ten years ago, I was teaching an introductory class of Human Factors in Engineering. I had 60 students in class and the chairman refused to open a second class, and many of the students were in their third years of various engineering disciplines.

I asked the class: “What methods your field of specialty applies to resolving problems?

That was a pretty interesting question: The heavy silence and opened jaws convinced me that I threw a bomb in class.

I had to list over three dozen methods and asked them to “internet search” how these methods are used and how they are applied. Two students were very diligent and the remaining students copy/pasted a few methods: Too many methods and kind of verging on a philosophy course.

See this taxonomy of methods

Daniel Montano in his blog Framework21 posted

1. Look at problems in many different ways, and find new perspectives

Leonardo da Vinci believed that, to gain knowledge about the form of a problem, you begin by learning how to restructure it in many different ways. He felt that the first way he looked at a problem was too biased. Often, the problem itself is reconstructed and becomes a new one.

2. Visualize!

When Einstein thought through a problem, he always found it necessary to formulate his subject in as many different ways as possible, including using diagrams. He visualized solutions, and believed that words and numbers as such did not play a significant role in his thinking process.

3. Produce! A distinguishing characteristic of genius is productivity.

Thomas Edison held 1,093 patents. He guaranteed productivity by giving himself and his assistants idea quotas. In a study of 2,036 scientists throughout history, Dean Keith Simonton of the University of California at Davis found that the most respected scientists produced not only great works, but also many “bad” ones. They weren’t afraid to fail, or to produce mediocre in order to arrive at excellence.

(And Edison stole many ideas and patented them as his and didn’t pay his genius assistants)

4. Make novel combinations. Combine, and recombine, ideas, images, and thoughts into different combinations no matter how unusual.

The laws of heredity on which the modern science of genetics is based came from the Austrian monk Grego Mendel, who combined mathematics and biology to create a new science.

5. Form relationships; make connections between dissimilar subjects.

Da Vinci forced a relationship between the sound of a bell and a stone hitting water. This enabled him to make the connection that sound travels in waves. Samuel Morse invented relay stations for telegraphic signals when observing relay stations for horses.

6. Think in opposites.

Physicist Niels Bohr believed that if you held opposites together, you suspend your thought, and your mind moves to a new level. His ability to imagine light as both a particle and a wave led to his conception of the principle of complementarity. Suspending thought (logic) may allow your mind to create a new form.

7. Think metaphorically.

Aristotle considered metaphor a sign of genius, and believed that the individual who had the capacity to perceive resemblances between two separate areas of existence and link them together was a person of special gifts.

8. Prepare yourself for chance.

Whenever we attempt to do something and fail, we end up doing something else. That is the first principle of creative accident.

Failure can be productive only if we do not focus on it as an unproductive result. Instead: analyze the process, its components, and how you can change them, to arrive at other results. Do not ask the question “Why have I failed?”, but rather “What have I done?”


Addendum: The items below are characteristics I have gathered from Einstein biographical resources.


9. Study philosophy.

  • Einstein studied philosophy and it influenced the way he thought.

10. Remain skeptical of your professors and other experts

  • Einstein sometimes showed a high degree of skepticism towards processed knowledge

11. Slow down your thinking process.

  • Einstein said that he was not smarter but that he stayed with problems longer. He has been described by himself and others as a slow thinker.

12. Imagine yourself as being part the problem you want to solve.

  • Einstein sometimes imagined himself being part of the dynamics he was trying to understand. He came to some great insights about time by imagining that he was riding a beam of light through space.

13. Not all innovative ideas are necessarily 100% “good”.

Any idea or innovation that can be used for the benefit of people may also be used against them.

  • Einstein’s breakthroughs in energy could be used to power cities and benefit society. But as we learned, the same ideas could also be used to kill thousands of people. It’s important to understand multiple possible applications of your ideas before you make them public. Einstein understood this. But it’s unclear if he understood this when he first proposed his theories or later, when others began talking about how to create a bomb.
  • (Einstein understood the impact of atomic bomb before he proposed his atomic bomb to Roosevelt at the beginning of the war: He suspected that Nazi Germany was working diligently on this mass destructive weapon).

14. Discuss ideas with other bright people to gain a more robust insight.

  • Einstein would discuss his ideas with colleagues and friends who were also experts in the subjects he cared about. His first wife studied along with Einstein early on and she was well versed in the same subjects. She is very likely to have contributed insights that moved his ideas forward.

15. Immerse yourself in the newest ideas from others.

  • Einstein worked as a patent clerk. He was one of the fist people to read many of the newest ideas submitted for patent protection by the brightest minds of his time.

Note 1:

Note 2: From Wikipedia:

Abductive reasoning, Abstract thinking, Analogy, Attitude, Calculation, Categorization,Cognition, Cognitive restructuring, Cognitive space, Cognitive style, Common sense,

Concept, Conjecture, Concrete concepts, Critical thinking, Deductive reasoning,

Definition, Estimation, Evaluation, Explanation, Gestalt psychology, Heuristics,

Historical thinking, Hypothesis, Idea, Identification (information), Inductive reasoning,

Inference, Instinct, Intelligence, Intelligence amplification, Intentionality,

Introspection, Knowledge management, Language, Lateral thinking,

Linguistics, Logic, Logical argument, Logical assertion, Meaning (linguistics),

Meaning (non-linguistic), Meaning (semiotics), Mental calculation, Mental function,

Metacognition, Mind’s eye, Mindset, Multiple intelligences, Multitasking,

Pattern matching, Personality, Picture thinking, Prediction, Premise,

Problem finding, Problem shaping, Problem solving, Proposition,

Rationality, Reason, Reasoning, Reasoning event, Self-reflection, Sapience,

Semantic network, Semantics, Semiosis, Semiotics, Six Thinking Hats,

Speech act, Stream of consciousness, Syllogism, Synectics, Systems intelligence,

Systems thinking, Thinking, Thought act, Thinking maps, Thinking process,

Thought experiment, TRIZ, Visual thinking, Working memory, Writing




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