Matt Deacalion Stevens

Why do I like pretty things?

I like pretty things by virtue of abstraction. So what is abstraction?

Abstraction is the name we give to the lines that separate knowledge and ignorance. It's the bridge between our limited consciousness and the massively complex universe. It's nature showing off it's delegation skills to the point of invisibility. As you follow these words, you don't have to painstakingly analyse each collection of symbols to decipher them… their meaning is brought to your conscious mind on a pillow. This …

Maths is not given to you

Today I begin a journey on becoming more maths literate.

As an adult looking back, I now know I had an extremely chaotic upbringing. I'll be forever grateful for certain dogged strengths my childhood bestowed me, but I'm very glad to be out of it.

One thing I've learned is that living in chaos isn't compatible with formal education in the UK. If your single mother parent has paranoid schizophrenia, or you're homeless, or you've witnessed extreme violence… for the …