Hatching Free Range Ideas

Einstein, priming and the Denver Airport

In How we learn and think on March 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I just returned from a trip to Denver. As I headed to my gate at the Denver Airport, the following quote from Albert Einstein appeared ala Burma Shave down the moving walkway, revealing itself a line at a time.

“Everything is determined,
the beginning as well as the end,
by forces over which we have no control.
It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star.
Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust,
we all dance to a mysterious tune,
intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”

And I wondered about priming and the choice of the quote. Priming is, according to Wikipedia,

an implicit memory effect in which exposure to a stimulus influences a response to a later stimulus.”

Research into priming shows, for example, that generosity evokes generosity. In a particular research project, waiters who offered more mints than one per person on the check tray, regularly received larger tips than those who didn’t.

So what do you think the Denver airport is trying to evoke, huh? It was just beginning to snow as I left.

  1. the quote was just removed i loved the quote it always made me feel calm
    anyone know why it was removed?

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