Tesla and Einstein Weigh-in on Vegetarianism


Tim Sparks, on IdeaPod, September 14, 2014

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On the general principles the raising of cattle as a means of providing food is objectionable, because, in the sense interpreted above, it must undoubtedly tend to the addition of mass of a “smaller velocity.” It is certainly preferable to raise vegetables, and I think, therefore, that vegetarianism is a commendable departure from the established barbarous habit. That we can subsist on plant food and perform our work even to advantage is not a theory, but a well-demonstrated fact.”

— Nikola Tesla, The Problem of Increasing Human Energy; Kindle Location 151

Although I have been prevented by outward circumstances from observing a strictly vegetarian diet, I have long been an adherent to the cause in principle. Besides agreeing with the aims of vegetarianism for aesthetic and moral reasons, it is my view that a vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”

— Albert Einstein, translation of letter to Hermann Huth, December 27, 1930; Einstein Archive 46-756

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