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I intended to begin the project you're reading right now a long time ago, telling myself I was waiting for the right moment. But what exactly is the right moment? To me, this hypothetical moment has been defined by:
- A calmer period of my life in which I would have more free time and less stress to deal with and
- Feeling more confident about the field I want to write about.
However, I realized that:
- There may never be a calmer period.
- Writing about something can be one of the most powerful tools for learning about it.
There are times when you have to dive into cold water.
The goal of this blog is to explain the most complex concepts and theories in a simple and straightforward manner.
In my writing, I explore broad and profound aspects of science and philosophy. My approach to topics like mathematics, consciousness, and cosmology is different from that of most other texts. It is informal, even intimate at times. I weave my own personal narrative into the issues I discuss. You, the reader, are invited to join me on this existential and surreal journey, but before you accept this invitation you should know a few things about me.
I have always been fascinated by mysteries. Growing up, my obsession revolved primarily around concrete matters like unsolved crimes and missing people. As I grew up, my interests shifted towards the abstract: the existence of a super-human intelligence, the mechanics of consciousness, the nature of reality, and so on. Though I am still easily captivated by crime stories, today I'm mostly occupied by the so-called “big questions”. There are several such questions, but the most significant one is probably this: why does there exist something rather than nothing? Or, to put it bluntly: what the heck is going on?
Since the beginning of recorded history (or even before then), humans have become quite obsessed with explaining their own existence. As a matter of fact, our thirst for explanations and understanding is the fertile ground for our most extensive endeavors, the driving force for technological development, one of the main influencing factors (if not the most prominent one) on how we live, act, and feel today.
There are some of us who spend very little time (if any) thinking about the big questions, and that is okay. Nevertheless, if you are reading these lines, it is likely that you, like me, are spending quite a bit of mental energy thinking about the mysteries of our universe.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms — this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
In an elegant manner, Einstein's quote captures this primitive hunger for knowledge, the desire to explore, our attraction toward the mysterious.