Yesterday, I was watching a program named “Ancient Aliens” on History channel. This program was an inquiry into the reason of intelligence of history’s great minds like Albert Einstein, Socrates, Ramanuja and others. The major focus of program was about Einstein’s brain. They stated that Einstein was in touch with some ancient aliens. He used to connect them with a special method of thought experiment. Aliens gave him the understanding of universe. All the theories of Einstein were not discovered by him but given by some outside power or authority. Same was stated about Socrates, Ramanuja and others great ones.
I don’t know what their motive to show this program was. Whether they were trying to prove the existence of ancient aliens or explaining that Einstein was not a genius. Einstein discovered very important theories in a very short period of time; and those theories changed the whole pattern of thinking about universe. This was unbelievable and people still have many doubts about it.
So, how should we look into this matter?
Thinking about Aliens or God is a result of petty mind. When we don’t understand something; we try to find excuses to avoid it. When we see something that is not within the limits of understanding; we give it names of Ghosts, God or Aliens etc. This way we are just avoiding the facts.
Einstein’s brain became a subject of research after his death. After doing a lot of research scientists came to know that his brain was not like the brain of other people. There were so many physical differences in the brain structure. One of the differences was the inferior parietal lobe of brain. It was 15 percent wider than normal. The inferior parietal region is responsible for mathematical thought, visuospatial cognition, and imagery of movement. Due to this difference, Einstein was able to imagine or visualize more accurately, more deeply and much more real.
Our mind works on symbols, codes and words. The process of recording and retrieving information is based on symbols. All the thoughts, ideas, experiences and memories are made of words, symbols and codes. As we know that generally we cannot think without words. Just try to think without words now and you will realize the problem in doing so. Whatever we think is a form put together by words whether they have distinct meanings or not. If we want to imagine a tree we have to use the word “Tree” in our thoughts. If we want to imagine a person we have to use his name as a command to retrieve his picture from mind. We have labels for everything. We have labels even for feelings and sensation. So words or symbols are used to store and retrieve data into memory.
Mathematics is a common language of universe. It is totally based on symbols and every symbol of Mathematics can contain a hundred times more data than any other ordinary word. Any equation or formula created by putting together a few mathematical symbols can contain more information than about a 1000 pages book. So Mathematics provides us so much power to think about large and extraordinary things in just a few seconds; one can handle large information with the help of tiny symbols. As we can see the power of E=mc2 which is a theory of mass–energy equivalence discovered by Einstein in 1905. This simple 4 letters formula contains mysteries of whole universe. So Mathematics works like a very powerful language system. Due to the large parietal lobe, Einstein’s brain was more powerful than any other person in dealing with Mathematical symbols so it was so much efficient in storing and retrieving large bundles of data very quickly with the help of Mathematics. And you will wonder to know that Mathematics is the purest logic and base of all other disciplines. So all this was working like a superpower for Einstein.
The other thing is, words and reality are two different things. When we record a reality in words, we use special kinds of symbols. But the reality and symbols are not the same. I can write about mountains, rivers, trees and clouds on a simple white paper with the help of few words. But the words are not mountains, rivers and clouds. They are just symbols made of ink on a paper. So the information stored in symbols or words is totally different than the reality. Sometimes we find things which cannot be explained in words. When the mind thinks about mountains it uses words to do so. Thinking about mountain is totally different thing than a mountain. So there is always a gap between the thought and reality. This gap is so much wide and can never be filled by any thought experiment. And this creates a limit for thinking. Our mind has a limit that it can never think about the things which are not stored in its memory; and the memory is a bundle made of words and symbols. Due to Einstein’s large parietal lobe, he was able to fill this gap. He was able to imagine and visualize the things as they are. His mind was not dependent on just symbols and words but able to touch the real in its true sense. He was able to think about things without labels. When you see a tree and give it a label “Tree”, you miss the actual and go into the words with all its limitations and illusions. Einstein’s brain was different and this was an extraordinary quality. This is the quality that brings about understanding. The understanding which is not about knowledge, but a direct and silent observation of reality. This is the quality that is called enlightenment; looking the things as they are without any mediator like words, symbols or memory etc.
These are my personal thoughts, and not conclusions. As we know that no knowledge is certain. Think about these things yourself and share your words in comments with me.