Marks and Remarks
Food for the Mind and Eye

No. 0116, April 1, 2017


Celebrating the Pointless Universe

FYI: There are no points in the image below. (Pixels are not points.)

Copyright 2017 by S. W. Paul Wyszkowski

     Points are a mathematical fiction. In reality there is no such thing as a point, be it a point of view, point of entry, point of impact, or any other point of action or location. Points are mythical beasts and do not exist in the real world, period. (Periods are not points either.)

     What we have instead are fuzzy four-dimensional regions of space-time, much cuddlier than the theoretically hard, sharp points. The very smallest of these reality fuzzballs (than which none can be smaller) constitute the basic, elementary events (a.k.a. observations) that combine with one another to make up the world as we know it with all the phenomena we are witness to. A world that absolutely could not be built with points.

     Elementary observations organize themselves into ever more complex entities which, on attaining self-awareness, identify as "observers" of events of which they are composed. And that's how fools and wise people come to be, the difference being that the fools think they are separate from and above what is being observed and the wise ones know they are what is being observed and are amazed and frequently delighted by it. That is my fuzzy observation and I'm celebrating it. Prickles, our resident metaphysician, agrees and approves (she enjoys celebrations, any excuse will do).


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