Death is the Answer

Central to Moshe Feldenkrais’ writings and legacy is the capacity of human kind to learn and thus to change.

Ability for something and actually doing it are two different things.  What do other writers think about man’s propensity to change?

In 1947 W.H Auden published the poem The Age of Anxiety.

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We would rather be ruined than changed,
We would rather die in our dread
Than climb the cross of the moment
And let our illusions die.

This month’s January 9 2016 edition of The Economist magazine discusses black holes.question answer

In 1783 John Michell reasoned they must be out there.  In 1916 Karl Schwarzschild calculated how big they would be. In 1930 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar showed that big enough stars were doomed to become them.  Yet it took until the 1970s to convince holdouts among astronomers that black holes actually exist.

Max Planck wrote

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A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

A final word goes to the novelist Louis L’Amour in The Lonely Men.

Even those who fancy themselves the most progressive will fight against other kinds of progress, for each of us is convinced that our way is the best way.

How can one best act so that an idea is accepted?

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