Schrodinger, Erwin - Mind and Matter - Time
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Erwin Schrodinger – Mind and Matter
I have sometimes wondered why it [Einstein’s theory of relativity] made such a great stir both among the general public and among philosophers.
I suppose it is this, that it meant the dethronement of time as a rigid tyrant imposed on us from outside, a liberation from the unbreakable rule of before and after. For indeed time is our most severe master by ostensibly restricting the existence of each of us to narrow limits – seventy or eighty years, as the Pentateuch has it.
To be allowed to play about with such a master’s programme, believed unassailable until then, to play about with it albeit in a small way, seems to be a great relief, it seems to encourage the thought that the whole timetable is probably not quite as serious as it appears at first sight.
And this thought is a religious thought, nay I should call it the religious thought