Mathematics, art, and the drive to regression.

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III

Hey kids, my book came first.

Nice nod to my cover, n’est pas? Looks like a riff on a Zero Books read.

Yay, originality!

Not first time there was a funny echo coming from the Right.

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But the lack of originality of many things these days comes from Western society encourage rote memorization.

Stick to the rules and you will not be whatever-shamed on the Twitter.

The worst thing is there are way too many people who don’t even know why something is getting shamed, they just join along with the shaming, never thinking that perhaps a rival or PR firm has been hired to get that ball rolling.

It does remind me of the old pot roast myth — daughter cuts the ends because mom did because her mom did, only to find out grandma did that because the pot was too small. Just follow what you see and don’t ask any questions.

And in all that lockstepping, we forget about the origins of things.

E.O. Wilson talks about Consilience, the unification of knowledge.

Yet this idea is something right out of the Renaissance when mathematicians and scientists were also artists.

Art Nouveau also it its share of architects who were also artists.

The separation of science and humanities is a fairly recent thing.

And it has a lot to do with people on both sides using the hack of avoiding the other in order to hide the fact that they are merely sticking to what appears easier. It is an intellectual hack.

The problem is that when you do not go beyond the comfort zone, you miss a lot of things. You have serious deficits in your thinking. Math develops logic. Writing develops empathy. You need both those qualities; otherwise you are either emotionally illiterate or rely strictly on sophistry, respectively.

And you can see it very clearly in modern thinking. You need a balance in order to get the right answers, and come up with solutions that work and innovations that progress society evenly.

Otherwise, you regress, and you cannot use tricks to hide the fact that your thinking lacks empathy or logic…