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155922.  Mon Mar 12, 2007 4:26 pm Reply with quote

Contributed by Bunter, who freely admits to feeling intimidated by Einstein especially in view of his alleged dalliance with Marilyn Monroe:

psychologists have discovered that students find photos of Einstein subconciously intimidating, and will do significantly worse in exams when Einstein's seemingly innocent portrait stares down on them in silent mockery.

The phenomenon doesn't stop there. This week, researchers published findings in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology demonstrating how our physical performance is impaired when viewing footage of famous sportsmen plying their trade.

Forty people were shown photographs of sportsmen like tennis star Tim Henman. In some photographs the sportsmen were shown in a neutral context -- perhaps licking an ice cream, or sunbathing. In others, the sportsmen were shown in sporting poses -- returning a serve, or kicking a football. Volunteers were asked to name the sportsman in each case by pressing a footpad or key.

It was found that when the sportsman was in a sporting pose, the volunteer's brains took significantly longer to react to the photograph and name the individual. Most intriguingly, when the volunteers were shown a photograph of England international footballer Wayne Rooney in action, their hand response was unaffected, but their foot response was slowed by 20 milliseconds.

It seems that the type of physical impairment suffered by the volunteers related directly to the assumed skills of the sportsmen they were observing. Just as a photograph of Einstein causes lapses in the mind, a photograph of an expert footballer causes lapses in the legs.

The researchers concluded that Rooney was intimidating rival players, just as Einstein's photograph intimidates students. Researchers Patric Bach and Steven Tipper told one paper: "The mere sight of him inhibits the control you have over your feet.",39029477,49286378,00.htm

I worry a bit that 20 milliseconds is a rather intangible amount of time for comedy purposes.

Molly Cule
156140.  Tue Mar 13, 2007 10:33 am Reply with quote

Was there a problem too big for Einstein?

Israel. In 1952 he was offered the 2nd presidency of Israel, he declined saying he was honoured but regretfully he did not have the skills for politics.

Einstein looks a bit too bonkers to be president of anywhere.

He was a big supported of Zionism and published two books on the subject; “about Zionism speeches and lectures by Albert Einstein” and “The World as I see it” dedicated to the Jews of Germany.

He raised funds for the United Jewish Appeal, which was working to establish a Jewish homeland in Israel.

Teachers in Germany who taught his work in 1930’s Germany were blacklisted and there was a campaign to try to ban his work from the German lexicon as “Jewish physics”.

Freud and Einstein were on the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Board of Governors and Einstein left all of his papers to the Uni, where they still are, in the Albert Einstein library. Many of these have just been released into the public so we now know lots of anecdotal things about Einstein like he didn’t like socks or toothbrushes, didn’t like science fiction, he smoked a pipe, didn’t drink much, played the violin.

What happened to Einstein’s cat when it rained?

It got depressed, he is quoted by Straus as saying “I know what’s wrong, dear fellow, but I don’t know how to turn it off’.

156502.  Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:03 am Reply with quote

One of Albert's closest pals - a college friend, and flatmate - was physicist and revolutionary politician Friedrich Adler. In 1918, Adler expressed his disapproval of the war by shooting dead the Austro-Hungarian prime minister. Albert was a character witness at his trial. Adler was sentenced to death, but ended up only serving a year in jail, due to regime change.

S: Einstein for beginners by Schwartz and McGuinness (Writers and Readers, 1979).

157039.  Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:05 am Reply with quote

Has anyone mentioned that Einstein was severely dyslexic and was chucked out of primary school for "underachieving"?

157234.  Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:00 pm Reply with quote

Charlie Chaplin had invited Albert Einstein to the premiere of City
. When the public cheered them both, Chaplin remarked: "They cheer me because they all understand me, and they cheer you because no one understands you. [Folsing, Albert Einstein, 457]

157283.  Sat Mar 17, 2007 6:56 am Reply with quote

The connection between Albert and Charlie was, of course, politics; the FBI’s website provides links to its files on Einstein’s communist activities:

157856.  Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:02 am Reply with quote


163610.  Fri Apr 06, 2007 8:42 am Reply with quote

Einstein proved that gravity warps time; scientists have since “found that there is a tiny time difference between the bottom and top of a building.”

S: Western Daily Press, 31 March 07.

168204.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:53 am Reply with quote

There are a number of other scientific Einsteins:

ME Einstein of Purdue University studies pork carcasses.

Rosemarie Einstein at the University of Leeds published a paper on cannabis, alcohol and tobacco.

Other Einsteins, unnamed in this article: analysed magical thinking in obsessive-compulsive persons, did a comparison study of different kinds of barium enemas and was a specialist in the history of television programmes.


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