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In order for our number system to reflect the universe we inhabit, we have to reshape it.

  • Rather than “1” representing a single unit, 1 ought to represent the maximal whole.
  • 2 could then be the first symmetrical subdivision, 3 the next symmetrical subdivision and so on,
  • 0 would denote a non-existent system.

In effect, we would be counting in something akin to reciprocal space. We already count in reciprocal space in many areas of observation, like X-ray crystallography.


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Here are some of my thoughts on things we don’t know the answers to. Hopefully these ideas will help others to see further.

Our scales are upside-down

Many of our scales are misleadingly inverted.


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This piece of writing is about how to use ramial chipped wood (RCW) to turn our farms into carbon sponges producing much healthier food. I wrote it in November 2019, but I’ve only just got to publishing it. Sorry for the delay!


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When big changes happen, we often talk about how order inevitably arises from chaos, and often a better order than we might have had before.


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Here’s a small change that could transform the world…


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If you’re a crumb on a piece of toast, and you’re at the edge of the piece of toast, then your universe looks quite asymmetrical. In one direction is the crust and then a great expanse of nothingness. In the other is a glorious plain of delicious toast.


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Do matriarchal structures more commonly arise where social factors dominate a community’s interrelations?


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Portugal has a serious problem with the mistreatment of dogs. All across the nation, there are dogs in cages, living in tiny, cramped conditions.


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In the future, polities closer to the poles will thrive. This is perhaps obvious…


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Singularities don’t make much sense in maths, so why do we force them to make sense in physics?

Matthew J Shribman

Science Storyteller, Environmentalist, Teacher, Normal Guy // MChem (Oxon) // co-founder of AimHi

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