"No other man contributed so much to the vast expansion of twentieth-century knowledge." —U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower upon the death of Albert Einstein in 1955.
After discovering the special and general theories of relativity and "Godfathering" the birth of quantum mechanics, all of which radically revolutionized humanity's understanding of the universe, Albert Einstein, the child-like genius, "scientific saint," "great relative" of humanity, and outstanding "Person of the Twentieth Century"—as hailed by the media—almost single-mindedly dedicated the last thirty years of his life to the realization of his dream, a Unified Field Theory of the universe, which never came true. If he had been successful, he said, then he would have known the mind of God— "the rest [of knowledge] is details"—and the thoughts of God would have been made known to him. In this book, with the help of the ancient Vedas and modern superstring theory, the author (after thirty years of research on these issues) seeks to show why Einstein failed and how he might have succeeded in his quest for the Holy Grail of the cosmos, so that the Master-Mind of God or Theory of Everything would no longer be an unfulfilled dream but a living reality. Such a reality would be the realization of not just Einstein's personal dream in the last century of one millennium and the first century of another, but the fulfilment of the highest hope of humanity in all places for all time to come.
After graduating from Stanford University with Distinction and Honors in Philosophy, the author attended Northwestern University where he was a University Scholar. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University. His publications include two books and dozens of articles in Philosophical Explorations, The Monist, Idealistic Studies, The Library of Living Philosophers, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, the Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Revision, Journal of Value Inquiry, International Philosophical Quarterly, and Journal of the Philosophy of Religion. He, is married to the author Marjorie Ann Haight with whom he has written numerous papers as well as the book, The Scandal of Reason. He lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, U.S., and he holds a professorship at Plymouth University.
Once upon a time there was a king named Arcturus who deeply loved and cared for his subjects and wanted them to be royal, too. He thought, if some quality of equality cannot be established between the king and his subjects, the king's love, like that of any lover, will become unhappy and his governance pointless since the lover and the beloved cannot understand one another. He pondered at his plight both day and night until he could endure it no longer.
He first tried to elevate his subjects to be his equals by giving them royal dress to wear and royal food to eat, so that no gap between him and them should appear to exist. This, he thought, was the holy grail that would lead them to be closer to, if not present at, his level. But he found that such an approach to atonement with them was only an appearance or deception and not a wholesome reality, and that the subjects came to feel as if the king only loved outward appearances which served to devalue the real inner worth of everyone, including the king.
Next, he tried appearing before the subjects in all his majesty, power and glory so as to empower and inspire them to become like him. But his erudition, stature and command only intimidated and even tyrannized some of the poor subjects, when the goal of the king was to glorify the subjects and not himself. So then, contrariwise, he took on the appearance of the subjects and tried to become their equal (by dressing down, being unconcerned about, if not contrary toward, authority, talking their language, working for them like a good servant, and even suffering for them), for to be humble is hopefully to exalt what one stands for, which is equality. This approach of the king's seemed to be quite promising except that the king found himself no longer to be royal but rather in bondage to the ignorance that he was trying to replace (what good is the king stuck down in the mud with the subject?). He could not give them the royalty of the knowledge, let alone the knowledge itself, and only succeeded in leveling himself and the knowledge down when his aim was to level the followers up. He only proved to be an immanence without full retention of transcendence, making himself suffer along with all the other subjects.
This also provoked some of the subjects to propose that at least some humans through power, conquest and appropriation should become masters and conquerors rather than weak and resentful servants/martyrs. But either way the dualism between master and servant, king and subject, was left unresolved, and the possibility of their reconciliation remained unclear.
The king in desperation then returned to his original starting point: is there no way at all to elevate the subject in a way that is genuine and not deceptive, or substantial and not just for show? Yes, he thought: send in an intermediary to announce the coming Of the learned master/king and bring the students at least partially up to his level before the king arrives. But (the king soon realized that) this is not sufficient because it begs the question as to how the master raised the mediator up to that level of knowledge to begin with, where the intermediary himself can recognize the master/teacher as such and know exactly what the master wants to have taught and how to teach it.
So the king tried one last time: he performed all kinds of signs and wonders (using entertainment and the media), even flaunted his success, money and property, that the subjects might be encouraged to get the knowledge so as to become expert, wealthy and successful like him. And that even seemed to work until one day the king realized that this was a false transubstantiation or atonement/equality because the effects of knowledge were being sought without the source or cause behind them; they were only accidents without substance, clanging symbols of success and wealth without any real foundation or integrity behind them. The opposite of what should be happening was coming to pass; instead of just a change in accidental appearances there needed to be a transmutation of substance at their base, or else there would be only a false communion or pseudo-community between the king and his subjects. By their fruits and their inner seed you shall know those that are indeed authentic and not just apparently genuine, the king thought.
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