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Schneider On A Better World Through Mathematics

Excerpted from A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe, by Michael S. Schneider:

In this time of rapid change and transition of the roles of traditions and institutions, we have the opportunity to restructure education and teach children differently, to expose them to harmony in all its forms, in nature, music, art, and mathematical beauty.  Perhaps children steeped in harmony will become a generations of adults who will strive to achieve harmony in the world.  And perhaps they will transform our relationships with our environmental matrix to treat the soil, water, air, plants, and creatures differently, cooperatively, in ways born of understanding of the whole, respect for its parts, compassion, and common purpose.  Comprehending nature’s speech will let us listen to what she is telling us in her own native language, which is also our own.  If we can see and understand nature as a harmony in which there is room for diversity and in which we participate, we’ll want to transform ourselves and our relationships to align with that harmony.

We often act as if inner human nature was unconnected with outer nature, and we judge the outer world by one standard, ourselves by another.  Familiarity with the principles of geometry can help reconcile this artificial division.  The geometry outside us shows us the principles within ourselves.  It’s time we, as a global whole, relinquish old models of looking and learning and begin to cooperate.  Literacy in nature’s script dispels the stereotype of nature as disorganized, unintelligible, and hostile.  This book is about reshaping our vision and constructing a new perspective aligned with life-facts.  Learning nature’s language and reading its message helps abolish the attitude of separateness and encourages us to appreciate diversity.  It will lead to nothing less than our own transformation as we find all nature’s principles within ourselves.

To learn to view the world in terms of its patterns requires a shift within us.  But once this shift occurs and we see the familiar world in terms of its shapes and principles, a light turns on and the world brightens, comes into sharper relief.  Everything speaks its purpose through its patterns.  Even without knowing it we use the same designs found in nature.  Look at a microscopic diatom and see a cathedral rose window.  Ultimately, the same energy that motivates and guides the natural world does the same for us.  All universal designs are found in human body proportions, which we have seen can be repackaged to produce the proportions of a crystal, plant, animal, solar system, and galaxy.  It is as if the universe is one single organism, motivated by a single power, developing in many ways to gradually become aware of itself through the awareness of the creatures and forces it produces.


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