A Beautiful Mind gives an elegant talk about Beauty.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Apr 17, 2011
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“Matter and energy moves itself. It has no exterior mover.” ~Jean Meslier

The quote above has nothing to do with the video below, but I really liked it, and its related to physics, so…

The video below is hilarious…if you like dry, intelligent humor. It is a talk entitled “Beauty and Truth in Physics” from Ted.com. The lecturer is none other than Murray Gell-Mann. He is a theoretical physicists who won the Nobel Prize in 1969. I posted the talk here not only because it is funny and intelligent, but because in the video Mann does an amazing job of describing the simplicity and elegance of reality. It is an inspiring talk that highlights not only the elegant nature of the universe that has spawned us, but the duplication of that elegance in us. That is to say, the human mind reflects the intelligence that is the natural world. Enjoy!

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Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


2 Responses to “A Beautiful Mind gives an elegant talk about Beauty.”

  1. Trivia: the image at the top of this page is used on a Buddhist-inspired album cover, that of Akron/Family's "Meek Warrior": http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/9442-meek-war

  2. TamingAuthor says:

    The universe that spawned us? You have revealed the pedigree of a materialist.

    Naturalism is rejected in Buddhism. It is as if the Buddha meets you on a path that forks. He points to one fork, winks, and gestures for you to follow. You have a choice. Do you follow him or veer off on the other path? The other path leads to attachment, manifest in many ways but most dramatically in materialism.

    For a couple yards it appears you can straddle both paths. It is awkward but you can hop back and forth for a while. But then one must make a choice. The path of the Buddha demands one inspect one's views… not intellectually but rather in practice. It is here one must choose to cease attachment to wrong views and cease clinging to fabrications or one must give it up and succumb to the karmic imprints that demand allegiance to the physical realm. One must head down the path that says you (and others) have spawned this universe or the path that says this universe spawned you.