-Rhind Papyrus 1650 BCE


Let’s make things interesting here. My last post- Walk The Planck– dealt with the effects some of the implications of quantum mechanics had on the world at that time. Material Realism was tossed on it’s head and some really brilliant minds struggled to accept the data they were being given. In the worlds first MC battle amongst physicists we had Einstein saying:

“God does not roll the dice.”

Clearly, he didn’t want to accept the chaos found in quantum mechanics. As some of you are already aware of there was a famous rebuttal. Max Planck himself told Einstein:

“Quit telling God what to do.”


We love to think of these sorts of arguments as modern ideas. We love to see ourselves as these highly evolved versions of our ancestors who are light-years ahead intellectually, but that simply isn’t so. Our technology may seem to dwarf the ancients but we still can’t figure out how they built the pyramids. (aliens) We certainly haven’t made huge leaps and bound towards answering the really big questions.

The great philosopher Plato postulated that all human beings were born understanding reality. He believed we actually forget the order of the csmos as we age and become distracted by the appearance of things. From his perspective, learning really meant unlearning what we take in through the senses.

Plato. like many Greek philosophers, had studied Egyptian thought extensively, Heliopolis being a huge learning center during antiquity. While many of the metaphysical aspects were removed it can be argued that the Egyptians paid huge contributions to the philosophies accredited to ancient Greece. As this debate rages on what we can be sure of is that the Egyptians had a vast understanding of numbers.

Way back in 1650 BCE the Egyptian scribe Ahmes gave the world the Rhind papyrus. The main symbol on the papyrus has been given many different names all which have various aspects and levels of understanding to them. The eye of Horace, the 6 pieces of Seth, and Udja’s eye fractions, are but a few of them. Out of all these there is one aspect I find incredibly interesting.

While the symbol of the eye was obviously multifaceted and used for everything from measuring medicines to telling bedtime stories it’s the measurements themselves that interest me. Their standard unit pf measure was a hekat. The story goes in order for one hekat to be put together, infinity has to be achieved. Only the great “cosmic mind” held the necessary piece to complete a hekat. They even had this really cool equation for it- (63/64-64÷63=1/64).We’re obviously talking about irrational numbers here, but the Egyptians revered them believing these numbers held the structure of the Universe within them.

Diving deeper, the missing 1/64 was said to represent the missing name of God. The Egyptian deity Thoth was said to spin matter from mind through some forgotten language of the cosmos which contained this secret name of God. Legend has it the missing 1/64 is the magic Thoth used to restore the eye to wholeness.

Here’s where the concept gets really beautiful. In their desire to understand the order of the cosmos they’d unearthed a beautiful concept shown here. As you can see, this system is based on the fact that you can always divide by half. What if they had taken this line of thinking all the way down to the Planck scale? Granted, they didn’t have the technology to do so but it would appear they were thinking along these same lines as Max Planck. They also believed that they could deduce the secrets of creation itself in doing so.

This interests me greatly because their magical system actually has a lot in common with some of the idealist philosophies birthed in quantum mechanics. Factor in the ancient Egyptians using mathematics as a way to prove their legends correct and we can see how alike we actually are. These are timeless questions driving us.

Both science and religion have always searched to understand the world. Maybe they aren’t so conflicting after all. Maybe we’ll achieve a unified field of everything in blending the two.


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