My name is Nick Ma. I was raised in the suburbs of Chicago, graduated from Vanderbilt University (2015) with a degree in biomedical engineering, and am currently living in Chicago for my third year of medical school at the University of Illinois.
Since leaving my faith in high school, I’ve often contemplated the absurdity of my existence. I wanted to make sense of reality, of the mind, and of human nature. And in our seeming insignificance, I stumbled upon a remarkable order that I wanted to understand. The more I discovered about life, the more I realized how awesome life truly is. And I thought, if such harmony can be inspired at the quantum level, then perhaps nature—human nature—has allowed for such harmony to be inspired at the conscious level. So I began to make extensive observations about the world, looking for patterns in everything from physics to economics, from religion to politics. As Leonardo da Vinci said, we must “learn to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” And as I connected the dots, the resulting picture has become more beautiful than I could’ve imagined.
This blog is my perspective of the truth, a collection of observations and conclusions which have now become my life philosophy. Nonetheless, all minds are predisposed to find meaningful patterns where there are none. Thus, my ideas are not fixed but evolving with the progression of knowledge. With trial and error, my worldview now will develop until the day I die. As Charles Darwin said, “freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds which follows from the advance of science.”
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