"Every perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination."

-- Gerald Edelman, Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge
Stronger emotional connection through an inverted writing structure2 Stronger emotional connection through an inverted writing structureStronger emotional connection through an inverted writing structureHow can we develop transformative tools for thought?2020-10-18JournalBy contrast, consider a typical technical book about quantum mechanics. It's very unlikely to start with black hole evaporation or quantum teleportation – and if it does, such a discussion will be perfunctory. Instead, it will start out drily, with technical minutiae. Complex numbers. Wavefunctions. Many different types of differential equations, and how to solve them. Hermitian and unitary operators. And so on, piece by piece slowly building up all the machinery needed to solve quantum mechanical problems. It may be tens or even hundreds of pages before the book begins to connect to the exciting problems which form the bread-and-butter of popular accounts. Continue reading…