Life
Life is a mystery.


The best what?  When?

The best place kicker is not the best running back, is not the best quarter-mile sprinter, is not the best violinist, is not the best family provider, is not the best poet, is not the best general in war, is not the best general in peace, is not the best fighter pilot, is not the best mathematics professor, is not the best law librarian, is not the best electrical engineer, is not the best writer and cartoonist, is not the best magician, is not the best volunteer fire fighter, is not the best software engineer, is not the best computer motherboard designer, is not the best Web surfer, is not the best medical diagnostician, is not the best conflict arbitrator, is not the best international spy, is not . . .

For many, the rank orderings that must be plotted in a space of many dimensions are impenetrable mysteries. Vectors, complex numbers, and the like, are merely academic abstractions*
 
*"Ivory-towered and quite out of touch with the real world."
Translation: "Seeing" is at the edges of human comprehension.
Consider looking in this direction for solutions to problems such as these:

ethnocentrism, racism, intolerance...  Because they rank the rich complexity of the value of man through extremely pinched vision of the measure of man. 

Solutions to big problems lie in unsuspected dimensions*.
Because too few think to look that way.


*Dimensions are independent degrees of freedom.

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Life
Life is a mystery.

The best for whom...doing what?

Some like it cold (skiers?); some like it hot (swimmers?)
Some like it in a crowd; some not.

For many, the rank orderings that must be plotted in a space of many dimensions are impenetrable mysteries. Tensors, quaternions, matrices, and the like, are merely academic abstractions*
 
*"Ivory-towered and quite out of touch with the real world."
Translation: "Seeing" is at the edges of human comprehension.
Consider looking in this direction for solutions to problems such as these:

epidemics   Because broad based medical care was denied.
injustice Because the narrow letter of the law was seen; the rich tapestry of reality wasn't—and too few saw "The Case for Innocence"...or perhaps too few understood it.
repeated computer crashes   Because preventing "piracy" produced bloated code.
disrupted ecological webs  Because preserving familiar jobs blinded us to the webs.

It's much easier to see my choice than all those others.

Solutions to big problems lie in unsuspected dimensions*.
Because too few think to look that way.
*Dimensions are independent degrees of freedom.
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Life
Life is a mystery.


Which side of the transaction?

The often wild fluctuations of gambling hide inexorable and slow movements of money, movements that are quite predictable...in the long run.  They also tempt the gullible who may be to all too willing to ignore their losses, while lovingly cherishing their wins.

For many, the random variations and events of gambling are impenetrable mysteries. Statistics is merely an academic abstraction.*

For many, predicting the future is an impenetrable mystery.  Information theory and entropy are merely academic abstractions. *

*"Ivory-towered and quite out of touch with the real world."
Translation: "Seeing" is at the edges of human comprehension.
Consider looking in this direction for solutions to problems such as these:

addiction to gambling  Because statistical fluctuation isn't "seen," nor are unfavorable outcomes.
water disappears from our predictions  Because we didn't "see" the random fluctuations in the rainfall that filled our reservoir.
flooded housing  Because the floodplain we built on has been dry for as long as we can remember.
stock market wipe-outs  Because irrational exuberance pollutes the good advice,  "Buy low, sell high."   And randomness corrupts "market timing."
 

Statistics is a thinker's mathematical tool for confronting the random multiple causes and effects that buffet us about.

Solutions to big problems lie in unsuspected dimensions*.
Because too few think to look that way.
*Dimensions are independent degrees of freedom.
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Life
Life is a mystery.


Should I believe it?

Astrology tells us many things science could not possible tell us because science sorts the relevant from the irrelevant, eliminates (often unseen) logical absurdities, and seeks predictions that have the highest odds possible of actually happening (and understands how to do that).

For many, logical relationships are an impenetrable mystery.  Venn diagrams and truth tables are merely academic abstractions.*  

For many, statistics is merely an academic abstraction* 

*"Ivory-towered and quite out of touch with the real world."
Translation: "Seeing" is at the edges of human comprehension.
Consider looking in this direction for solutions to problems such as these:

horoscopes  Because their relevance is random.
pseudoscience Because wishful thinking often replaces observation, and the logic of multiple cause and effect is usually "missed," leading to misconception.
simplistic "solutions" with disastrous outcomes  Because there's more to the world than the obvious and the "obvious."

Science is...observation, analysis, theory—tightly woven into a firm fabric. 

Solutions to big problems lie in unsuspected dimensions*.
Because too few think to look that way.
*Dimensions are independent degrees of freedom.
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Life
Life is a mystery.


What if we don't?

We will solve a different problem:
the population explosion.

For many, exponential growth is an impenetrable mystery.  The population explosion is merely an academic abstraction*
 

For many, mutual reciprocity is an impenetrable mystery.  That our side might conceivably contribute to any conflict is merely an academic abstraction*
 

*"Ivory-towered and quite out of touch with the real world."
Translation: "Seeing" is at the edges of human comprehension.
Consider looking in this direction for solutions to problems such as these:

war  Because each side is blind to the mutual "do unto others."
tyranny Because each side is blind to the mutual "do unto others," and one side is bigger—and it might be us.
terrorism The little guy fights back using the depraved tools of a big guy.
ethnocentrism, racism, intolerance...  Because they rank the rich complexity of the value of man through extremely pinched vision of the measure of man. 

Solutions to big problems lie in unsuspected dimensions*.
Because too few think to look that way.
*Dimensions are independent degrees of freedom.
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"Seeing" at the edges of human comprehension requires looking into unsuspected dimensions.