Contradictions and Compartmentalisation

I’ll kick this off with a little quiz;

To whom is this piece of text attributed?

 

Hermetis Trismegisti

Opera Chemica.

 

Tabula Smaragdina.

 Verum est sine mendacio, certum et verissimum. Quod

est inferius est sicut id quod est superius et quod est superius

est sicut id quod est inferius ad perpetranda miracula rei

unius. Et sicut res omnes fuerunt ab uno meditatione

et consilio unius: ita omnes res nascuntur ab hac una

re adaptione. Pater ejus est sol. Mater ejus est Luna

Portavit illum Ventus in ventre suo, Nutrix ejus est

Terra. Pater omnis perfectionis totius mundi est hic. Vis

ejus est integra si versa fuerit in terram. Separabis

terram ab igne, subtile a spisso suaviter magno cum

ingenio. Ascendit a terra in caelum

iterumque descendit in terram & recipit vim superiorum

& inferiorum. Sic habebis gloriam totius mundi et fugiet

a te omnis obscuritas. Haec est enim totius

fortitudinis fortitudo fortis. Nam vincet omnem rem

subtilem omnemque solidam penetrabit. Sic Mundus

creatus est. Hinc erunt adaptiones mirabiles quarum modus

est hic. Itaque vocatus sum Hermes Trismegistus habens

tres partes philosophiae totius mundi. Completum est quod

dixi de <illeg.>opere solari.

The answer is of course Isaac Newton…

Now Newton is said to be one of the fathers of modern science and yet this dude was writing stuff like this as well!! {I hope you can read and understand Latin.} He is long dead so perhaps we can at last forgive him his errancy, bless.

People tend not to want to see the whole picture. They latch on to a single thing and are not willing to accept other stuff. There is a contradiction and a compartmentalisation. Newton was an alchemist as well as a mathematician and natural philosopher. Today he would probably have problems for his whacky ideas…nobody would give him a research grant because despite being brilliant, he was a non-conformist and a whacko.

Why is our current thinking so very compartmentalised?  

One non politically correct thing and you are fucked…

What is wrong with having a renaissance approach to thinking?

It is too flaky for us serious retentive professionals…

Must we all live in a tunnel?

Yah, there is only the accepted consensual “reality”. You have to be a member of the club don’t you know…

I think it is time that people begin to open their minds a bit more….

Part 2 of the quiz…

Who said this?

“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’ I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.”