Monday, February 4, 2013

Is scientific genius extinct?

I read an article today that posed the question “Is scientific genius extinct?” (

You may have heard my “Hell no!” all the way out near where ever it is you are sitting (standing, lying down, crouching in your corner)... because I screamed it LOUD.

Hell no scientific genius is NOT extinct. If the questioner had paused for just a moment to consider, he/she might have been able to answer their own question without having to take up valuable computational cycles and digital print space. Hell, the article itself answers the question.

At the end of the 19th century/beginning of the 20th, lame-ass unimaginative bozos were asking the same question while Albert Einstein (and numerous other egghead-ish types) worked quietly and diligently as mere patent clerk’s and such in their day jobs, and yet somehow managed to excrete amazing things like, oh I don’t know, the Theory of Relativity, which still rocks our world to this day.

Go get 'em, Al!

Is scientific genius extinct? What a maroon! You obviously do not know where to look!

The most amazing discoveries are found when you are merely going about your daily work.

Most of the days of your life will be filled with the minutiae, the mundane, the daily chores of waking up, feeding the body, getting from here to there, and making preparations to DO the things you really want to do, the things you PLAN to work on (or vacation on).

Somewhere in between all those other moments of completing what HAS to be done come the moments of DISCOVERY, the heady, fantastical points of first recognition when you realize you have actually ACHIEVED something.

Dude... that is LIFE. It’s a roller coaster. And just like life, the catalog of scientific discoveries that can be labeled as “genius” will come just like that. They too will have an ebb and flow, ups and downs just like a roller coaster.

I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
-Albert Einstein

I believe that genius is the acceptance that what we once thought we knew was in fact incorrect.

That’s about as simple as it can get.

To say that there is NOTHING else out there in the world that we DO NOT already know enough about to never be surprised about it is simply and mind numbingly the height of hubris!

And to say that there is no one out there who, like Einstein, is able to think of new ways to think about things is ridiculous.

Day after day, right here on The Multiverse we post and discuss articles of scientific content that, to my mind, pushes the envelope of scientific understanding. Someday, and probably SOON, there will come some AMAZING announcements of scientific discovery that will ROCK our world. Robotics; nano-tech; transhumanism; there are so many subjects to choose from. I have yet to see a work stoppage in these areas.

And science will continue to be encouraged and enlightened from those who may not be actual scientists, but can spin a good yarn about the subject.

Fifty years ago, Arthur C. Clarke predicted that we would someday be able to work from home in our P.J.s... How many of you have done that recently?

I know I have... just last week.

Sir Arthur also predicted the Internet, satellites, and, a subject very close to me and my in development novel starring Culver Bishop, Sir Arthur also predicted the SPACE RIBBON elevator that would be used to haul things into a low-earth orbit.

Jules Verne predicted rocket ships in 1865. Heinlein predicted the use of waterbeds. Star Trek predicted the use of hand held communication devices that look incredibly like cell phones. The list could go on and on.

And the point of that list is that, even in the realms of SCIENCE FICTION, there are, every day, new ideas being propagated that can and WILL (based on past evidence) help to push the boundaries of what is considered to be “the known” universe.

There WILL be new discoveries made. Scientist’s will never stop looking for answers. Science fiction writers will never stop postulating, putting forth ideas that may seem absurd at first yet could turn into reality someday.

If you truly believe that we will never again experience a moment of scientific genius, then you are very limited in your imaginative capabilities.




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