Supposedly, Niels Bohr said this to Einstein, while discussing concepts in quantum physics such as the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and Schrodinger’s Cat. This post isn’t a knock against Einstein, as he was a brilliant man. But this quote explains a lot in modern society.
If you know anything about quantum physics, you know that it is a very difficult field to understand. There are many uncertainties and unknowns that may exceed the capability of our current measuring capacity and understanding of science. So researchers, need to get really creative. We can’t merely use logic, we need thinking to ponder the big ideas and questions, in science and in our own lives.
Logic is important. After all, you can’t write a computer program, without logic. But it takes thinking to assemble that logic and develop it into a viable deliverable. Otherwise, garbage in is garbage out.
Logic will show that the earth is more than 6,000 years old, but it will take thinking solve the big bang theory.
Logic might have told us that humans can’t fly or run a sub-four minute mile, but thinking (and risk) made these feats possible.
Logic might tell us that cheap food means easy calories, but it takes thinking to solve the deeper environmental, social and humane problems of providing a secure, sustainable food system.
Logic might tell us that perpetual economic growth is good for our investments, but thinking will uncover that unlimited growth is not sustainable.
Logic may tell you that increasing profits and full pocketbooks are good, but thinking will require you to do so while putting people and the planet first.
Logic might have you believe that it is good to stay within your own social class and race, but thinking is required to create equity and diversity.
Logic might tell us that convenience is good, but thinking will uncover the social, economic and health problems that are created by a society beholden to corporations, machines and comfort.
Logic might tell us that life will be easier and better if we conform to modern trends, and what is considered “normal”….
It takes thinking to live authentically and intentionally.
It takes thinking (and guts) to stand out from the crowd and be vulnerable.
It takes thinking to decide if you are living your life to satisfy your inner ‘musts’, or if are you living to conform and please others, because of societal ‘shoulds‘.
How about you? How do you use logic and thinking in your life?