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One night I saw a TV program Einsteins Universe I turned it on because it was narrated by Peter Ustinov whom I admire even though Im tired of Einsteins universe The program was well done A great effort was made to make a clear and convincing dramatization of the universe according to Einstein just enough mystique to sugar the dull sterility of science What bothered me most was the subservient role of Peter Ustinov playing an average man who didnt know science feeling privileged to be let in on the secrets and instructed in the Sacred DoctrineNow Peter Ustinov who probably has higher brain radiation that Einstein at any rate a witty and delightful human could only betray himself by an occasional inflection or intonation as a good actor he could not depart from the script So I got the message that the real meaning of the program was the takeover of one culture by another -- like the Spanish missionaries building churches where an Inca temple had been before or the Christians building churches with columns taken from a Greek temple What remains of our human culture represented by Peter cowed and put to rout by the Legions of ScienceThis is Medusa in modern dress and if were going to deal with it we must do so as did Perseus We need the shield of Minerva We must use the mind to slay the mindThe TV program discussed one of the major themes of the Einstein theory which is to replace the force of gravity by the curvature of space The program presented this visually with a table whose surface was shaped like the mouth of a trumpet with a grid of white lines which made the curvature visible A ball was rolled by the obliging Peter to show how the curvature of space caused the ball to roll around the central sun The mass informs the space and the space informs the matterI
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