Once, long ago, I experienced an epiphany — a flash of Universal Consciousness, if you will. Sitting in my 11th grade Trigonometry class studying logarithms, I suddenly saw the Truth of math: We did not invent math, we discovered it. Mathematics, like music, is merely one of the languages of the universe. We give credit to Euclid, Newton, Einstein, Hawking, et al., for creating new kinds of math to prove their theories, but I think it would be more accurate to say they described existing mathematical relationships by using more finely tuned mathematical syntax (formulae) than previous mathematicians had understood. It was more like expanding a writer’s vocabulary or a painter’s palette or a composer’s harmonies than like creating the first electrical circuit or hydrogen bomb or bifocals.
We continue to discover the rules that define the structure of time and space as we seek to refine our understanding of The Way Things Are at all levels of nature, from the infinite to the quantum. Categorizing is essential to that refinement. And you’re right: it’s fascinating.

Thanks for drawing the map — or portrait — of With Our Eyes Open. It provides a much more detailed and intriguing picture of the entire volume than the description “an anthology of stories about journeys” is capable of doing.

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