Can you imagine living in a world in which you know that your thoughts are influencing the way that you perceive the world around you? Quantum physics supports this outlook, and billionaire George Soros’ life gives us a peek into the life of a real, live person who is actually living out this philosophy.
Soros describes his understanding of the way the world works with a term that he coined, called “reflexivity“. This term describes the way thoughts and events are reflected back on to each other in a feedback loop. Soros writes that “In social and political affairs the participants’ perceptions help to determine reality”.
What is it like to live with this outlook? Soros says that his theories about the way the world work, which are largely informed by discoveries of quantum mechanics as well as his own experience of the world. Although Soros does not know if the theories he supports are right (he actually doesn’t even believe that ultimate truth can be known), he does say that his theories about how the world worked have helped him achieve financial success. Know more about George Soros on CNBC.
Soros, now in his eighties, is still an active trader on the world markets. He has a deep understanding of world history, and a passion for understanding the political economic world arena. He is not a passive observer (and in his view there is no such thing!). Instead he actively participates using the understanding about the world that he has developed over the years. He is originally from Hungary, and has first hand knowlege of communist oppression and fascist powers. His unique upbringing instilled in him a great respect for open mindedness and freedom of expression. He teaches that all ideas are valid, and that a society should remain open to criticism if it wants to progress.
Throughout the years, George Soros’ influence, both intellectual and financial, has helped to shape the world around us. He has poured money into foundations that network accross twenty five countries and support the concept of open society. This is an intellectual ideal that was first named in a 1932 book. Soros has expanded onthe term “open society” and given it new life. He states that an open society can no longer be defined in oppostition to communism, as it once was. Instead, a modern view of what an open society should look like must be defined in ways that include the concept of capitalism. Capitalist ideals have become too strong and single-minded, according to Soros. He says that the laissez-faire economy that the US has modeled for so many years is faulty. Learn more about this article at washingtontimes.com.
His philosophic views have steered his philanthropic efforts. Soros donates generously to the funds that support the ideal of an open society. He rejects the conservative movement and instead supports liberals who want to equalize wealth distribution. In 2004 he donated $27 million dollars towards organizations that might defeat Bush, and in 2016 he donated again, a stunning $25 million dollars in support of Hilary Clinton.