I have to remind myself that I’m looking at lines on a piece of paper.. at pixels on a screen.. and the rest is taking place in my imagination.

Agreed. I will say that mathematics is _quite_ useful when it comes to physics… up to a point, but it doesn’t fare so well with other scientific disciplines. Mathematics doesn’t work very well with biology, where uniqueness is more important rather than making spherical horses.

I think that’s why we _have_ so many avenues of knowledge available to us. I just wish they weren’t in silos so much, but I prefer a systemic approach…. and even THEN with systems of systems of systems… there’s a danger of the model taking precedence over experience and observation. Balancing act I suppose.

Anytime I get caught up in a novel concept that seems to have it all “wrapped up nicely”, I have to remind myself that I’m looking at lines on a piece of paper.. at pixels on a screen.. and the rest is taking place in my imagination.

That doesn’t mean my imagination is invalid – on the contrary the imagination is *quite* valid. But I think recognizing it for what it is – and *noticing what _really_ “IS”* can make the difference between getting caught up excessively in an ideology versus … versus… hm… I guess it’s hard to escape finding one’s self as part of “some” ideology somewhere.

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