Curvature: The Science and Soul of Nonlinearity
“Integrating art, science, and spiritual wisdom, Laura Batson explores in a unique way what may be the most important development in twenty-first-century thought: the recognition of the importance of nonlinearity. A beautiful and inspiring book!”
— Fritjof Capra, author of The Tao of Physics, coauthor of The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision
About the Book
This is a book of art, science, poetry and spirit that tells the story curvature. We have forgotten the sense, science, and soul of curvature in our lives.
Literally, we have built square homes and have paved paradise, no longer walking on uneven ground. We have lost the sense of curvature from under our feet. We have reduced our scientific understanding of the body and the earth to linear mathematics and mechanistic models. We have lost connection with nature's curves and cycles and nonlinear transformations.
Metaphorically, we have lost the value of curvature where curvature represents creativity, intuition, participation, cooperation, and systems of liberation. Instead we have come to value the straight line and its metaphors: predictability, analytical thinking, control, competition, and systems of oppression. We have lost our nonlinear consciousness: the creative and cooperative practices that maintain healthy patterns in mind, body, soul and community.
Soulfully, we have lost the knowledge of curvature where curvature is the wisdom of Remembering. Remembering our indigenous minds, where we came from, remembering our purpose in this life. Instead we find ourselves living lives in straight paths - following the straight and narrow, following external outlines of who and how we are to become who and how we are. We are soulfully lost. We are always reaching for the next goal but seldom remembering who we are. We have forgotten how to turn into ourselves. Our souls are naturally curvaceous. They want to turn into themselves. They want to become their potential. We must journey to remember our soul's unique curvature, to remember our way back home, and then to bring that curve out into the world.
"Come, child, the medicine you memorize is not your deepest medicine. You must remember the medicine first given to you.
Let go of the line and it will come to you."
- Spirit Grandmother