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Dreamed summer 1958? by Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac sleeping, 1958, photo by Robert Frank


I ALSO DREAMED that everything in existence was a total abstract ideal mathematical whole; i.e. like, by subtracting 740 from 1000 you got 260 which meant 'Egg' more or less, & other figures, so if you wanted an egg you had the egg in its ideal mathematical wholeness & didnt even have to see it or eat it to have it!--

The same with the universe, a vast Ideal you can have without seeing it, feeling it, tasting or touch or smelling it--Just thinking it, right there, yours before the being! Flashing back & forth in my head, all creation was there before the asking or wanting--complete--& abstract--

(Mathematical Buddhism)

--Jack Kerouac

Editor's Notes

Source: page 337 of Book of Dreams by Jack Kerouac, expanded (2001) edition, City Lights Books.
Date: next dream, last in the book, is 1958/7/23; previous is undated. The one before THAT is 1962, so sequence is not all linear. Tone fits 1958. Whatever the exact date, this has to be one of the earliest dreams of the world as a mathematical simulation.
Title: Kerouac always capitalized a dream's first phrase as a working title. I'd have called it Mathematical Buddhism.

--Chris Wayan



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