From the author’s Introduction, which is in full following these sutras: “Discover how it transpires that what connects us is more fundamental than anything else and indeed allows character to flourish and trees to breathe with the landscape, the oceans and the economy—just the sort of vision shared by so many cultures, regions and belief systems, past and present . . . “
126. Nature is creative because it has heart.
128. Nature has a moral compass to be found: asymmetry is fundamentally non-exclusive. If pure symmetry existed, it would exclude everything but itself.
129. Inclusiveness has a sense of direction on the River of Asymmetry, the River of Life.
130. Separations and differences are fundamentally united, connected.
131. That which connects us is more profound than the differences that divide us.
132. Nature’s asymmetry is multifarious and fundamentally inclusive.
133. This provides the ethical basis for a democratic society and a fresh understanding of natural law. . .
135. The closer we are to the heartbeat of the River, the more our differences can delight us and bring us together.
136. For the River has many different rhythms and the love of many souls.
137. There is no perfect love that beats like a single heart for all.
The logic of asymmetry is innovative, as far as I know, so familiarization naturally requires some study. I recommend giving that upfront challenge of the first several pages of Yoganomics the once-over-lightly, moving on meanwhile to discover how it transpires that what connects us is more fundamental than anything else and indeed allows character to flourish and trees to breathe with the landscape, the oceans and the economy—just the sort of vision shared by so many cultures, regions and belief systems, past and present, but shared in the absence of any scientifically conclusive reason for the universal instinct.
So Yoganomics, in spite of any attempt at humor in the title, begins in a demanding way. But that is the key connecting political economy with the powers of nature—the breakthrough I propose to the jaded, the rightly skeptical, and anyone still hopeful that such a thing can be done, so as to allow us to say: “Nature is fundamentally democratic,” and add the fact that the history of experimental science confirms it.
It should not be surprising that such a claim might need be accompanied by some fairly disciplined logic. I have decided not to spare the reader, while trying to be succinct in presenting the core of the argument, leaving the rest with the asymmetric math in Unicycle.
Yoganomics summarizes Unicycle in so many ways that no matter how I might try to wrap up a difficult object inside a portmanteau, there would seem to be a breakthrough. Or at least the possibility of further discovery. Alas, without setting forth the basic reasoning, referred to in Unicycle as the “transformation proof,” none of the unfolding enumerated consequences would make much sense, except as curios and familiar aphorisms.
I have numbered the steps not just to keep myself on track but in the spirit of a logic that says numbers may be more than we think. Now to yoke this luggage to yoga.
“Very scrupulously set out. [Unicycle] is extremely well written and beautifully literate.”—Dr. Diané Collinson, author of Plain English, Fifty Major Philosophers, Fifty Eastern Thinkers, coauthor of the Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Philosophers
“[Unicycle] contains some serious mathematics — smart, thought-provoking, and engrossing.” —William H. Barker, PhD, Professor of Mathematics, Bowdoin College, coauthor of the textbook Continuous Symmetry: From Euclid to Klein
“The novel’s chief attraction is Cornell du Houx’s witty, daring, allusive prose… Imaginative vigor pulses through descriptive scenes in which characters encounter gods and Shakespeare’s fairies… —The BookLife Prize