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Why is there not a movie about this guy? Amazing line...and true! Pick whichever thread of his life you want, and you'd tell a fantastic story.

My Jesuit teacher at college, Fr Schall, told us we'd be lucky to get true wisdom by the age of 50. I thought of that often as I deemed myself truly wise at 19, 20, 25, 30 and 32. This wisdom thing ain't all that hard, Father. Come on.

Since then, I've had the sneaking suspicion I may need a few years beyond 50 to get there -- and maybe more than a few years.

50 years, half a century. By tradition, 2 generations. Surely those are wild numbers too.

Stunning essay, JG! Loved every word!

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Feb 28, 2023Liked by Jean Garibaldi "JG"

I had a similar experience to numbers in late teen/early adult years. I would count everything I did in my head and add it all up - number of steps I took inbetween cracks on sidewalks, number of times my jaw moved up and down when I chewed food, etc. For some reason, I always tried to end on even numbers and even find myself doing this sometimes today. Math was my favorite subject and the subject I excelled in at school, so for me, the random counting made sense.

I love the idea of early mathematicians being mystical. Math and science, to me, are extremely mystical. I love how they explain our natural world and how it works. I also find myself thinking deeply about epistemology. I always say to people that ideas never came from books -- they always came from people. People putting their pants on one foot at a time like the rest of us and just trying to figure out how the world works.

I feel that so much of our modern day understandings (especially in the worlds of math and science) come from books. And science feels like a cult sometimes - many just accept what the books and doctors say without any questions. I want to see more people thinking for themselves and finding new ways to learn, new ways to explore our brains, new ways to explore this existence.

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Feb 28, 2023Liked by Jean Garibaldi "JG"

Just wonderful, Jesse. Loved this essay. I did something similar with music in my head when I was a kid -- there was always a rhythm banging in there, and it pattern matched stuff going on outside of me. I'm not a musical at all β€” at least not yet? β€” so I've often wondered what to make of it. Thanks for a thought provoking essay.

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