Exercise Your Device

RELEASE DATE 2021 -SCIENCE FICTION ACTION ADVENTURE  In a new movie, called The Thinking Device, Brad Pitt

 

 

 

 

and  and George Clooney

 

are nuclear scientists.

 

 

About ten minutes into the movie Brad Pitt’s son wins the high school science project with a proton decelerator.

 

 

 

 

 

At work Pitt and Clooney discover the world is going to implode in ten hours.

At the end the device that saves them is the proton decelerator.

All movies have devices.

Sometimes, as in this movie, they are physical objects. Sometimes they are emotional where love saves or binds. And sometimes mental, for instance, a detective movie or a movie like The Sixth Sense which depends on your understanding of plot points and which makes you think.

Devices to awaken people from their mechanical routines are similar. Some are physical. The master whops his stick on the disciple’s noggin. Some are emotional, as in prayer, by identifying with love, compassion, and forgiveness—by opening the heart to your savior, Jesus or Buddha or God—you obtain those qualities. Some are mental.

What are Mental Devices?

The time track of philosophy goes back before the Greeks and uses a special device called a “thought experiment.” Early philosophers such as Xenophane developed the thought experiment that if a stone fence existed at the end of the universe and you could shoot an arrow over that wall, then the universe was infinite.

This is also how science works.

In fact, Einstein sitting in his office as a clerk daydreaming developed the concept of relativity by the thought experiment that changes in light speed was time. Moving faster and faster on a train away from a light source created a relative condition. He traveled in his mind on a train and developed the theory of relativity.

Exercise:

You do a thought experiment right now. Create a device that changes your world. Make it big or small. What does it do? What color is it? Does it have moving parts? What sound does it make? Where are you keeping it? Is it changing your life or everyone’s life?

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