I picked up this book... Beyond Numeracy Ruminations of a Numbers Man Really, it is interesting but I cannot seem to ever read from cover to cover and gain the intended depths meant to be retrieved without having others to bounce thoughts off of. Sometimes... the internet seems to be more of sounding board for many instead of a living... dwelling... spirit board full of return. Anyways. John Allen Paulos points out some fascinatingly interesting things about mathematics... And one of the most profoundly provoking thoughts he puts forward is that "Often very 'advanced' mathematical ideas are more intuitive and comprehensible than are certain areas of elementary algebra." So, um, doesn't this prove mathematics to be immensely more spiritual than it having ever been recognized by most? Isn't this the potential flaw and, most likely, the largest stumbling block in which prevents many from developing their own understanding of it? The initial allure of the book, which leads to my (as a reader) crushing majorly on the author, is that he readily debunks the hierarchy we are so educated to be influenced by. It is as though we are set up to fail in many areas of our lives because of this... Our psychological patternizations, our spiritual discernment, our potential highest of achievements, without question, may very well be what has been the price of our misconceptions. There is a great deal more to 'numbers'... and time... and such than appearances alone allow for us to comprehend if we are without technological advancements, accordingly. There is obviously a much larger system at work that we must be consistently gainful toward fulfilling in order to better develop our intended understanding. An important mention would perhaps be that the deeper one goes into this level of reasoning... the more one will likely come to appreciate unpredictable variations.