EXTRAPOLATING THE UNKNOWN by M. V. K.  Mohan

EXTRAPOLATING THE UNKNOWN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A spiritual debut attempts to deduce the workings of life, God, and the universe.

This book notes that life is full of big questions: “Is there a god? If there is, how does this god feel? Why is he seemingly partial to a few? How do we define life? Am I living?” Readers may not know the answers, but Mohan argues that they can figure out at least a few of them with a little bit of logic and observation. Using the Law of Correspondence—“As above so below; as below so above; as within so without; as without so within”—the author attempts to provide answers to these and other quandaries. What is the definition of life? “It all depends on who is asking the question to whom.” What happens when we die? “What happens when a thought dies?” What is Enlightenment? “When we wake up, you suddenly realise that you were dreaming and all the characters and objects in the dream are yourself.” Why do we need new movies every year? “It has to do, of course, with energy flow.” In short chapters that answer posed questions, Mohan explores the repetitive and predictable structure of the universe and humanity’s place within it. The author’s answers are reliably unexpected and not always what readers want to hear. Mohan writes in a clear, accessible prose that cheerfully guides readers through difficult concepts and complex arguments: “Here is my theory on time: We have an internal beat, which we are conscious of. Time spent to us is the number of beats of that rhythm.” Even so, the author sometimes makes logical jumps that will likely be difficult for readers to follow. Furthermore, Mohan presents the Law of Correspondence as though it is a generally accepted scientific theory, similar to the Law of Conservation of Energy. (It is not.) That said, readers who understand that this is a work of speculative spirituality should find many captivating ideas within it. The author merges logic, general relativity, and Vedic tradition in a way that should leave readers feeling optimistic about their place in the universe.

An intriguing work that blends scientific theories and New Age spiritualism.

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5437-4141-4
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: PartridgeSingapore
Program: Kirkus Indie
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