Einstein's travel diaries reveal physicist's racism

Insint

Expert Member
Joined
Apr 6, 2010
Messages
1,311
#41
Is it racist when he is just pointing out the obvious?
According to the world today, every persons farts smells nice and nobody does anything wrong.

Don't you dare make a negative observation about a group of people and call the (insert any race or nation) smelly people.
You are then labeled a racist.

It does not matter that your observation was limited and that you experienced something bad in your own personal capacity. The content does not matter. You used the race or nation word with a negative word, that makes you a racist. :crylaugh:
 

Eniigma

Expert Member
Joined
Aug 18, 2006
Messages
1,109
#42

Milano

Honorary Master
Joined
Feb 7, 2004
Messages
10,224
#46
Have you been to China? Westerners still get a ton of attention there. Hell, in most places in Asia outside of the very tourist type/high end consumer places, I would get intense stares or a lot of attention because I am tall for a woman (5t11). Also, the Chinese have a culture of spitting. Their toilet culture is also very different; they still use the long drop everywhere. They let their children relieve themselves in public places (in bins). Because there are so many Chinese people, they don't have any sense of personal body space (and are very, very respectful of anyone with authority), so they form packs when queuing, and they kind of shuffle and flow. Even when travelling through Dubai, I had some Chinese nationals stand on top of me when there was ample space. It's a very different culture.

They are far from obtuse though. Once you get passed the language barrier, they are very technical and smart.
Wow some small-minded concepts in there. Really, because there are so many Chinese people? And yet that would describe the poorest people of almost any race. The only difference being the specific century referenced.
 

Arthur

Honorary Master
Joined
Aug 7, 2003
Messages
22,495
#47
Ho hum. So he was good at sums, but sucked at people, philosophy and politics. At least he wasn't creepy like Newton.
 

TooFastTim

Expert Member
Joined
Nov 15, 2006
Messages
1,178
#48
Ho hum. So he was good at sums, but sucked at people, philosophy and politics. At least he wasn't creepy like Newton.
Actually he was crap at sums. For special relativity he got his wife at the time to do the maths and for general relativity he roped in a mate of his: Marcel Grossman. Einstein was, quite literally, a big ideas person.
 
Last edited:

ponder

Honorary Master
Joined
Jan 22, 2005
Messages
71,027
#49
Wow some small-minded concepts in there. Really, because there are so many Chinese people? And yet that would describe the poorest people of almost any race. The only difference being the specific century referenced.
Much of china till today is still filthy, and then there's the absolute lack of human compassion where a car will run over a child and nobody will flinch or assist and just walk pass.
 

nightjar

Expert Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2008
Messages
3,969
#50
Wow some small-minded concepts in there. Really, because there are so many Chinese people? And yet that would describe the poorest people of almost any race. The only difference being the specific century referenced.
I think that you misjudged Emjay.

She mentioned, without any criticism, her travels in out of the way places where culture was very different to ours and her final comment, Once you get passed (sic) the language barrier, they are very technical and smart, is a compliment.

Looking at SA culture, others might think that ukuthwala, lobola and muti from human body parts are all pretty revolting.
 

Techne

Executive Member
Joined
Sep 28, 2008
Messages
9,389
#51
The little racist. Then again, if you are not stupid your pattern recognition faculties tend to be good.
 

Knyro

Honorary Master
Joined
Jul 5, 2010
Messages
26,703
#55
Actually he was crap at sums. For special relativity he got his wife at the time to do the maths and for general relativity he roped in a mate of his: Marcel Grossman. Einstein was, quite literally, a big ideas person.
Einstein being bad at maths is some of the most over hyped BS for idiots to feel better about themselves. Much like the false quotes attributed to him. Do you know how good you have to be at maths to be even a mediocre physicist? Even physicists that are "bad" at maths are still by far and way above the average Joe. In the same Asuka Cambridge is "slow" because he can't beat Usain Bolt.

Somebody that sucks at "sums" coming up with theoretical frameworks for relativity, contributing to quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and cosmology. Oh yeah and winning a fekking Nobel prize.

"crap at sums". Tsek.
 
Last edited:

Arthur

Honorary Master
Joined
Aug 7, 2003
Messages
22,495
#56
Hehe. I thought it obvious that "sums" as I used it above is a synecdoche for Mathematics and Theoretical Physics - in contradistinction to touchy-feely peopley stuff like relationships, cultural sensitivity, sociological and anthropological nous, and so on. :p
 

TooFastTim

Expert Member
Joined
Nov 15, 2006
Messages
1,178
#57
Einstein being bad at maths is some of the most over hyped BS for idiots to feel better about themselves. Much like the false quotes attributed to him. Do you know how good you have to be at maths to be even a mediocre physicist? Even physicists that are "bad" at maths are still by far and way above the average Joe. In the same Asuka Cambridge is "slow" because he can't beat Usain bolt.

Somebody that sucks at "sums" coming up with theoretical frameworks for relativity, contributing to quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and cosmology. Oh yeah and winning a fekking Nobel prize.

"crap at sums". Tsek.
He was. Relatively speaking. He was no mathematician. Few physicists are (okay, maybe Dirac).
 
Joined
Apr 5, 2018
Messages
978
#58
Looking at SA culture, others might think that ukuthwala, lobola and muti from human body parts are all pretty revolting.
I do for sure, but would not push that down the throats of other races that practise them. By the same token those persons can keep their opinions of my cultural practices to themselves.
 

Knyro

Honorary Master
Joined
Jul 5, 2010
Messages
26,703
#60
He was. Relatively speaking. He was no mathematician. Few physicists are (okay, maybe Dirac).
Yep, when proven wrong move the goalposts. Of course mathemations are going to be better at maths, it's what they do. Just like physicists are better at physics, because it's what they do.

Fact is Einstein was great at maths. All physicists are. Even the ones you've never heard of.
 
Top