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Tagore, Einstein and the nature of reality

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Did you know that Nobel laureates Rabindranath Tagore and Albert Einstein met in Germany in 1930 and recorded some of the greatest conversations on the nature of reality that have ever taken place? When the poet and mystic (Tagore) met the man of science (Einstein), they were coming from almost diametrically opposed viewpoints and two among the conversations that they had through interpreters have been recorded. In their first conversation Rabindranath proposes that Truth and Beauty are a function of the infinite personality of man, which (at its zenith) can encompass the universe; on the other hand, Einstein was of the view that Truth is an impersonal function, independent of human existence. Each of them presented their case matchlessly with Tagore concluding that even the function of logic, which enables humans to see the truth, is a part of the human psyche. The second conversation, on the same day, 14 July, had the visionaries discussing, among other things, the nature of free will versus destiny with Einstein adding that at the very highest levels perceptible to humans, causality seems to be a feature of the functioning of the universe. We will, however, leave it to our readers, if they are so inclined, to pursue the actual substance of these conversations (which are available on the Internet) and draw their own personal conclusions!

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