is the Hobgoblin of Mediocre Minds
Emerson X Einstein Squared
When Albert Einstein’s academic dissertation committee asked him why he does not focus on a narrower topic he replied, “I want to know how God thinks.”
Einstein thought in terms of a system, how all the parts fit together as a whole, not just a narrow specialization.
He also said, “I have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
After completing his dissertation he could not even get job recommendations from his professors on the committee, as I recall.
Ralph Waldo Emerson describes people who are closed minded:
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall.”
While I don’t actually know what a hobglobin is, it sounds about right.
Over Specialization and Reductionist Thinking
We live in an age of over-specialization when people are so impressed by the view from the microscope, technical terminology and credentials like specialized medical doctors. The specialized model of science is for some the new religion taken on faith, not results.
We lack synthesizers to put the details together into a big picture. Education reformers have been talking for decades about the need to become more interdisciplinary, although few seem able to get outside the publishing criteria of their specialization and survive and blaze a new trail.
Systems theory is what we need more of, putting the parts together as a whole. At least a small number of people who can synthesize the insights from specialized in-depth research.
Health practitioners in particular need to be systems theorists to solve the problems of individuals.
Systems theory is especially important for complex issues of health. Holistic health is part of that and usually means uniting body, mind and spirit, each of which needs to be approached as a system and then each of these subsystems joined together as one system.
People are not in the habit of systems theory when their habits are reductionist:
- “Looking for take-aways”
- “Boiling things down.”
- Over simplifying.
- A misguided use of 80-20 pareto analysis.
- Taking things out of context.
- Hocus pocus about focus as the only solution to lack of clarity when the lack of clarity is conceptual.
Specialization within Chemistry
The problem of specialization is seen in South Carolina ate the Iron Disorders Institute. Specialization take things out of context and biases interpretation of causes as the thing itself causing its problem (genetics) rather than environment with epi genetics. So they think the problem of excess iron accumulating the body is primarily genetic, hemochromatosis, because they cannot fully make the connections to environmental factors like copper deficiency and utilization problems. Copper is needed in the enzyme ferroxidase to utilize iron. The iron institute at least knows the problem is iron accumulating to toxic levels in the body, unlike doctors and patients that misinterpret anemia as a lack of iron the diet. In fact, the most common problem is a lack of iron utilization due to lack of copper utilization due to lack of vitamin A and, or magnesium, and possibility potassium or sodium, and possiblt other nutrients that vary by individual. All this is explained by Morley Robbins and included in my writing many times.
Specialization between Chemistry and Physics
Health improvement and medicine have been focused on body chemistry and not physics. Recently the physics of nutrition and toxicity has is part of a revolution in cell biology followed by biohackers and mitochondriacs. Sunlight, grounding, blue blocking glasses, cold conditioning, reducing exposure to non native electromagnetic radiation and radio frequencies are some of their and my core practices.
However, some people tend toward making this a new specialists mindset by saying that physics is all you need to do for health. Stephanie Senoff, on the other hand, is a good example of someone who explains how minerals and other nutrients are necessary for absorbing sunlight
Specialization between Theory and Practice
Systems thinking for the individual health seeker requires more than a model of science that attempts to make universal generalizations about a narrow topic. Practical science does not aim for geberalization but looks at N=1 and the whole system of the single individual. It is the exact opposite thinking. Trying to use the academic model of science alone is just guessing through shopping. It is trying to match symptoms usually with supplements or isolated “biohacks.”
The alternative to serve the individual is engineering thinking, specifically six sigma, that uses a new paradigm of science. systems theory, root cause analysis, measurement, etc.
One of the tasks of a systems theory is identify root causes from the effects. This is one way to find focus to simplify enough to take action. Almost nowhere are root causes defined with precise criteria: nutrition, toxicity, infection, structural misalignment, emotions, and mind.
With root cause focus one can begin to ask questions about effective solutions.
Specialization between Science and Spirituality
Why would how “god thinks” be relevant to science?
Spirituality has been about the creation of the universe as a whole, as a system, and was not until recently divorced from science.
Spirituality as aimed at explaining the whole is the intent of systems theory, the strictly scientific way to state that. Scientists used to be more spiritually minded until about the 19th century when scientific materialism really took over. This followed from a history of the leading spiritual institution in the west, the Vatican, becoming evil and stopping new thinking. So science went off on its own and connected with economic development.
The Greek philosophers and mathematicians like Plato and Pythagoras were more integrated. They hearkened back to whom they called Hermes and the legacy of Atlantis through Egypt, Whoever built the pyramids knew something we did not since no one can explain how they were built and there are many theories about what for. They contain many mathematical 'sacred geometries."
The New Physics
The language of physics has creeped into new age spirituality with everyone talking about the “quantum.”
Some of the more in depth experts outline a shift from the paradigm of entropy, explosion energy and transverse electromagnetic waves, to negentropy, implosion, and longitudinal waves faster than light. Dan Winter has the math to express the new physics and some technologies to prove some of it: the healing Therapy machine, and the Imploder water energizers with measurable agriculture growth. He also has explanations for ancient technologies that had spiritual intentions for a very interesting integrated view.
My interest in healing myself and others is designing complete solutions to be self-reliant, not depend on many specialists who even collectively cannot see the big picture.
I have always been interdisciplinary in my studies from college on.
I count myself as a systems theorist using the applied science know commonly as six sigma, although not with all the technical tools engineers use, In order to fulfill engineering requirements of complete health solutions that are customized and quantified, I must rely on traditional energetic testing: dowsing with a pendulum, which can be understood through quantum and new physics: resonance of frequencies across time and space into the future to determine what will work.
As a systems theorist I look for the edges where things come together.