An idea, thought, story, experience, anything you learned at school/work. Please try to explain why it blew your mind,
simply commenting 'zeitgeist' doesn't help us relate much. Avoid exaggerating like 'it blows my mind how well eminem
raps 'or something, sure it's amazing, but was the revelation that there's a person who can rap that fast really that
surprising and.. well actually he is pretty good, look I can't think of an example, but you get what I mean right?
That's it for guidelines.
For me the most recent mind blow was while reading the preface of this book where I was amazed by the author's insight:
That reason isn't satisfied with mere experience of nature. It demands that nature performs in accordance with reason's expectations, i.e. it creates mental structures or images of reality and expects nature to conform to them. And it often does. Creating such structures, is science. What an amazing way to put it. Paraphrased this:
When Galilei experimented with balls of a definite weight on the inclined plane, when Torricelli caused the air to sustain a weight which he had calculated beforehand to be equal to that of a definite column of water, or when Stahl, at a later period, converted metals into lime, and reconverted lime into metal, by the addition and subtraction of certain elements; a light broke upon all natural philosophers. They learned that reason only perceives that which it produces after its own design; that it must not be content to follow, as it were, in the leading-strings of nature, but must proceed in advance with principles of judgement according to unvarying laws, and compel nature to reply its questions. For accidental observations, made according to no preconceived plan, cannot be united under a necessary law. But it is this that reason seeks for and requires. It is only the principles of reason which can give to concordant phenomena the validity of laws, and it is only when experiment is directed by these rational principles that it can have any real utility. Reason must approach nature with the view, indeed, of receiving information from it, not, however, in the character of a pupil, who listens to all that his master chooses to tell him, but in that of a judge, who compels the witnesses to reply to those questions which he himself thinks fit to propose. To this single idea must the revolution be ascribed, by which, after groping in the dark for so many centuries, natural science was at length conducted into the path of certain progress.