You Are Everything

Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh starts today - "If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in [a] sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either . . . "Interbeing" is a word that is not in the dictionary yet, but if we combine the prefix "inter-" with the verb to be," we have a new verb, inter-be. Without a cloud, we cannot have a paper, so we can say that the cloud and the sheet of paperinter-are. . . . "To be" is to inter-be. You cannot just be by yourself alone. You have to inter-be with every other thing. This sheet of paper is, because everything else is."

  Thich Nhat Hanh, setting next season's fashion

Thich Nhat Hanh, setting next season's fashion

Now, get ready to connect the dots ! Amanda Gefter, editor of the New Scientist's CultureLab writes about the new concept of Duality physicists have stumbled upon. In "This Will Make You Smarter" - Perhaps the most radical incarnation of duality was discovered in 1997 by Juan Maldacena. Maldacena found that a version of string theory in a bizarrely shaped universe with five large dimensions is mathematically dual to an ordinary quantum theory of particles living on that universe's four-dimensional boundary. Previously, one could argue that the world was made up of particles or that the world was made up of strings. Duality transformed or into and mutually exclusive hypotheses, both equally true.

Now duality doesn't exclude the existence a single truth. Only that truth is more subtle that we thought. We live in the "meso-world", at mid-scale between immense galaxies and invisible atoms. It is understandable that we cannot grasp how we are a part of a whole and how what appears contradictory probably isn't. But we, as a species, have accepted that the Earth isn't the centre of the universe for instance. Now a new leap in understanding is under way ! Good morning meso-friends :D