What TIme Is It At The North Pole?

Here is an interesting article about singularity from a math perspective. In Vedanta, the singularity of consciousness is represented by the bindu, the dimensionless, timeless, spaceless point of infinite potential and possibility from which the entire manifest universe springs out from. Steven Strogatz, in his 2012 six-part series on math in the NYT, comments:

“Nature abounds with singularities. At the eye of a hurricane the wind doesn’t blow at all, yet the wind nearby blows in any direction and every direction. Something equally paradoxical happens at the North Pole. If you ask, in the style of Lewis Carroll, what time it is at the North Pole, the only sensible answer sounds like a joke: it’s all times. All the time zones converge at the North Pole, so by stepping away from that singularity along different lines of longitude you can put yourself into any time zone you like.”

Interestingly enough, one of the scientists that Strogatz references, Roger Penrose, has put forth his own postulation on consciousness, that has to do with microtubules, the filamentous intracellular structures that he and Stuart Hameroff postulate are downloading consciousness from the universe – but don’t ask me to explain it any further.

I don’t really know where this post is going, but I liked Strogatz’s series, and so I am just going to post this now. Om.

 

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