Ok, so I was in about 4th grade math and the teach heads up to the blackboard and draws a line with some pretty evenly spaced tic marks along the path. Then she put “0” and “1” and “2” under the tic marks. So far, I’m good.
But then she says, “So between zero and one we don’t really know what’s going on, but let’s just pretend it’s a straight line.” And although I don’t remember, I feel certain she paused and added some type of practiced smile, as if to say either, “That’s all I’m allowed to say and nobody better ask me anything about it”, or “That’s what the book says”.
Regardless, I plainly remember my internal reaction, essentially sheer panic! I was about to head off into years and years of school and my teacher was unable to clearly enunciate what was living in that entire universe between zero and one. And easily by extension, the entire “1+1=2” paradigm also became immediately not just suspect, but essentially devolved into just another set of beliefs.
Over time, I’ve eased up a bit on math, in that math and science have a nifty aspect – requesting proof. Take what I’ve done and see if you can find something wrong with it – advancing by moving backwards, like a good Brazilian fotbal team. As well, math and its accompanying science and technology have had a meaningful impact on the planet. Nonetheless, my 4th grade teacher was correct. And confirmed by a variety of mathematical theories, amongst them Kurt Godel and his Incompleteness Theorem, which I have some glimpse of at least as it applies to a closed system of logic. And John Bell Inequality for which I’m still standing down at the bottom of the cliff. But that’s ok. All I can say is what I think anyway.
But common sense travels pretty close to this thinking as well. We are generally (at least in the Western world) steered toward the idea of three dimensions, equal, non-intersecting, clean. However, if you just take a look at one tree, that myth is pretty much debunked. It’s not safe to talk about “invented” or “developed”, but what I can say is that I got insight into infinity through a lot of math and a lot of Carlos Castaneda. So the expertise that I generally call on for my own questions falls within those types of logical and spiritual realms.
It is probably worth mentioning that in my journey, the math has been transformed to map the spiritual, not the other way round. The clean dimensional world has given way to a more robust world, a world where the entire universe can be and is altered from every scale, from the quarks and probabilities of the quantum fabric to the smear of galaxies stretching 14 billion light years across. We are each unique, like the snow flake. But when we fold in the idea of emergence, we can also understand that it is one snowflake that starts the avalanche.