Silence and the mind’s mighty army

My favorite silence writer, George Procnhik, on Schopenhauer:

His argument against noise was simple: A great mind can have great thoughts only if all its powers of concentration are brought to bear on one subject, in the same way that a concave mirror focuses light on one point. Just as a mighty army becomes useless if its soldiers are scattered helter-skelter, a great mind becomes ordinary the moment its energies are dispersed.

I like to imagine there’s some artist-scientist somewhere who’s creating a booth that is silent when you’re thinking and a little noisy when you need to be productive. Sensors tell the booth what you need, and all the artist-scientist has left to figure is how this happens outside, not sitting down.

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