Monthly Archives: November 2012

Archive: Tymphany Heats Up!


We all have to start somewhere!

Good Audio Critic Interview

Friends! Please reconsider your vote for Romney.

I very rarely take presidential politics very seriously. But this year, I am donating whatever I can find, organizing, working volunteer phone banks, etc. I am so utterly convinced that Romney’s policies would be an unmitigated disaster for our economy now.  Campaign promises not withstanding, it takes more than four years to restructure the world’s largest economy. Bush had eight, and look what happened.  Can you remember the hopelessness, the fear, were were living in just four years ago?

Now that Obamas policies are finally, slowly, starting to get real traction, (employment, business lending, stock markets, housing starts, etc.), you want to stop that dead in the water? And, with essentially the same policities that led directly to the Great Recession? It isnt logical.

Obama has been a good man, He is learned, honest and he tries. Of course he has his flaws. But, Romney has shown no character or principles. He has swung NRA-Birther-Tea Party extremist, then pivoted to support many of Obamas own policies. Like a good Sales CEO, he will say what he needs to to close the deal. It is obvious that many Republicans want Obama out for very visceral and irrational reasons, and will do almost anything to see him fail.  That is, to me, patently unAmerican.  So please, think about it. Think which party really supports the kind of America you and your family want to live in, an honest, hopeful society driven by ideals and knowledge, or a bitter race to the finish line, steeped in hostility, flexible facts and moral relativity?  Thanks for listening…. see you on the other side!!

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Humans, Masters of Prognostication!

Einstein comments on “God.”

Few people have had access to the thoughts and uncensored opinions of this brilliant mind as it relates to his personal views on God and religion. The personal nature of the letter and the timing of it in Albert Einstein’s life adds to the implication of the certainty with which he wrote it. The sureness of his script and the methodical nature with which he chose his words lend to the documents weight. The ideas expressed are the culmination of a lifetime of work exploring the most principle questions of existence. If there were a guide for seekers of answers, this letter would be the introduction.

The auction is for the original, handwritten, in German, letter and envelope, sent from Princeton NJ, to Eric B. Gutkind, on January 3, 1954, a year before Einstein passed away, sent as response to Gutkind’s book “Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt”.

… I read a great deal in the last days of your book, and thank you very much for sending it to me. What especially struck me about it was this. With regard to the factual attitude to life and to the human community we have a great deal in common.

… The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. These subtilised interpretations are highly manifold according to their nature and have almost nothing to do with the original text. For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything ‘chosen’ about them.

In general I find it painful that you claim a privileged position and try to defend it by two walls of pride, an external one as a man and an internal one as a Jew. As a man you claim, so to speak, a dispensation from causality otherwise accepted, as a Jew the privilege of monotheism. But a limited causality is no longer a causality at all, as our wonderful Spinoza recognized with all incision, probably as the first one. And the animistic interpretations of the religions of nature are in principle not annulled by monopolization. With such walls we can only attain a certain self-deception, but our moral efforts are not furthered by them. On the contrary.

Now that I have quite openly stated our differences in intellectual convictions it is still clear to me that we are quite close to each other in essential things, i.e; in our evaluations of human behavior. What separates us are only intellectual ‘props’ and ‘rationalization’ in Freud’s language. Therefore I think that we would understand each other quite well if we talked about concrete things.

With friendly thanks and best wishes, Yours, A. Einstein

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