Learning the foundations…

Contrary to widely-held opinion, taking high school calculus isn’t necessary for success later in college calculus – what’s more important is mastering the prerequisites, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry – that lead to calculus. That’s according to a study of more than 6,000 college freshmen at 133 colleges. (1)

Great line of reasoning. Except that we chose to stop it at a point of our choosing. How do you learn algebra, geometry, and trigonometry? Is it important to learn those or do you just need to learn their prerequisites as well?

Go back in the beginning.

To see that there is no prerequisite…

Based on nothing…

A cosmos was born…

You try to keep him alive.

But it really wants to die.

Don’t be sad.

Let that tear flow down your cheek…

Your life will soon end.

And that is the one and one prerequisite you will ever need to Be…

Intuition. (not intuition at all…)

What is intuition?

Pearson and his colleagues wanted to take a more rigorous look at this hard-to-pin-down phenomenon. To begin with, they agreed that there are two qualities present in any instance of intuition: It has to involve a piece of information that you’re not exactly conscious of, and it has to have an emotional element.

The unconscious part is obvious, but what about the emotional part? If you think about it, most of the time when we have hunches, there’s an emotion associated with it. You enter a room and something just doesn’t feel right (fear, anxiety); or you get a bad vibe after just a few minutes of being in a new restaurant (disgust, discomfort); or you somehow know you’re going to hit it off with your new co-worker (excitement, anticipation).

Now that Pearson and his team had a working definition for intuition, the next step was to measure it. So they did what any of us would do: They set about trying to generate flickers of intuition in the brains of a dozen or so college students. (1)

Some people might argue that if intuition is proved to be based on things we know, then it will lose its “magic”.

I would say that if such a thing is proved, then the magic gets even more interesting: We seem to have intuitions about everything, from the existence of humans to the meaning of the world. If this intuition is based on something we already “know” then the first and more important question would be “Where do we know these things from?”…

I have an intuition that intuition is not intuition at all…

I have an intuition that the cosmos we see is not the cosmos we see at all…

I don’t know how I know it.

I just do…

Getting lost. Barriers. Finding your way home…

If you’re ever lost in Los Angeles, just head for the ocean to get your bearings. This advice works because running into the coast — or any other border — can reset an errant internal GPS system, a new study in mice suggests.

The results help explain how the brain maintains a high-fidelity map of the environment. Specialized brain cells called grid cells signal when an animal reaches certain locales — a discovery that garnered a Nobel Prize in 2014 (SN Online, 10/6/14). Boundaries help course-correct these cells when they go off track, researchers report April 16 in Neuron.

In the experiment, electrodes implanted in the brain monitored the behavior of grid cells as mice moved around in an expansive enclosure. As the mice traveled, grid cells began to throw off the animals’ internal maps by signaling at the wrong places. But encounters with walls set these off-course grid cells right, Kiah Hardcastle of Stanford University and colleagues found. (1)

It is the boundaries which determine the whole.

Only when we reach the limit can we know.

But the limit is never reached. We can only imagine we reach for it. We can only dream of getting there. What we know is that we will never know. Trapped into ignorance, we must choose to trust our inner instinct.

An instinct which tells us that we know. That we are somehow already at that boundary. (We imagine God as the perfect being. Could He be that boundary?) That we had been there once. And that we will be there again if we wish so…

Search for the limits of your thought.

Name them whatever you like.

It is there where your true existence comes from…

Zero.

Nothing.

Everything.

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