stations of the [scientific] cross
(a partial list)
Knowledge is a multi-dimensional fabric woven of infinite ideas and beliefs. Interlacing and entangling, these ideas meet and mesh, joining with others to forge the ties that bind us together and to the universe in which we live.
There is no thought, idea or belief –right or wrong – that reduces knowledge. Ideas build one upon the other in an infinite accumulation, forever expanding the fabric of what we know. This simple, yet deeply imperative process underpins the foundations of all understanding and is the motive force permeating all inquiry.
As ideas accumulate, their validity emphasizes and articulates the truth or untruth of those which surround them. Empirical reason requires all to accommodate and co-evolve, to re-align and refocus, selecting for what’s true and isolating what’s not. This co-evolution through rational selection heals the disorder of distortion and continually strengthens the coherence of the fabric’s warp and weft.
While every idea and belief is fundamentally necessary to maintain the integrity of the whole of the fabric there are specific theories held within the texture that describe the scope of our scientific understanding. These theories reach far afield and their durability and persistence give our knowledge structure, creating the armature that embodies the shape of our reality.
These particular ideas, growing ever stronger and more precise, distinguish themselves amongst the masses by marking out their stations. From these stations they reach out in all directions attracting yet more ideas and effecting ever greater change, coalescing into a networked veil enveloping the extelligence – a veil which both enlightens and obscures. As the veil itself evolves it becomes clearer and brighter, stretching further and further out, illuminating more of the world we inhabit and concealing less. Its light reveals the truth behind magic and guides us forever out towards its elusive edge.
It is at the furthest limits of this calling veil, the edge of our understanding, where we find and describe the horizon of all that we know - and by describing the shape of this knowledge we are inherently left with an elusive sketch of an even greater entity: The uncertain shape of all we have yet to learn.