Chapter 6. The Agony of Math

Everything is Connected in intricate webworks of cause and effect, and one of your goals in life should be to understand as much of that webwork as you can. To do so, you must use verb thinking. You must concentrate on causal relationships and the precise nature of causality. You need a language that allows you to express with clarity and precision the exact nature of each causal relationship you discover. I have good news and bad news for you. The good news is that such a language has already been created; the bad news is that it’s mathematics.

I can hear the hissing sound of your deflating balloon. Your lips are curling in anger and disgust; the very thought of using mathematics repels and terrifies you. Mathematics ...

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