<blockquote>The video is a couple of years old - but in the scale of ideas, isn't that just a nano second? Not sure I like <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClYb9NpXnRemxYoWbcYANsA" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Jason's</a> presentation style - but the enthusiasm is catching.</blockquote>

“Memes are to ideas what genes are to proteins.” – Terence McKenna

            This arrived in my inbox this morning.

We need to watch for our inability to separate emotion from perception, a willingness to accept illusion for reality either because it feels good or it reinforces familiar downward spiral neural pathways.

Barbara Ehrenreich

It reminded me a little of this quote, but it really resonated because I was listening to this just yesterday. Sometimes things just come together.

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“This band behind me’ll tell you that that trophy means more to me than owt else in the whole world. But they’d be wrong! Truth is, I THOUGHT it mattered. I thought that MUSIC mattered. But does it bollocks? Not compared to how people matter. Us winning this trophy won’t mean bugger-all to most people. But us refusing it – like what we’re going to do now – well, then it becomes news, doesn’t it?”

When I was much (much) younger and actually understood the Maths I was studying, I read a wonderful little book called Flatland by Edwin Abbott. At one level it was a commentary on social hierarchy and at another an examination of the resistance of humans to recognizing – much less understanding – the concept of multiple dimensions. The book was written in 1884 BTW.

Just been watching a wonderful Ted Talk on ‘E8’ (or as it is affectionately known – Garrett Lisi’s Theory of Everything ) two years after it was recorded.

In the past 125 years, we seem to have developed a little – and now routinely talk of (that is different to understand) multi-dimensional space. In Garrett’s case (he is focussed on a theoretical model with 8 dimensions, dubbed E8 – that he ‘hopes’ IS the unified field theory we have been searching for around a century now (maybe longer) – I use ‘hope’ loosley – he seems to be working with something more than hope 🙂

At the end of a talk, Garrett gave to a small group of souls on Maui, he was asked by our host to explain E8 a little further. As he did,I couldn’t help but recall Edwin’s book as he talked of how different aspects of the 8 dimensions spin in and out of focus as the model spins around. Read the book – you will see what I mean.

(BTW fellow followers – Garrett is a Maui Resident – we truly have an eclectic, stunning, and extraordinary collection of residents on this island of ours.)

This post was originally published on January 9th 2012 - and dusted off to celebrate life again ....