The Bones of Time and Space: An Exploration of Carcasses through Ed Pill’s Academic and Eccentric LensI am Ed Pill, a mathematician and physicist intrigued by the unpredictable wonders of our universe. I have devoted my life to scholarly pursuits as I view education as an ongoing and invaluable path of learning. But I also love to explore interconnected themes of science, fiction, and the unknown which combine to create a unique perception of the universe that I inhabit. One such surprise were the carcasses of animals that I have come across during my outdoor adventures.
The sight of a carcass elicits an odd reaction from me and causes me to wonder about their past. Why did this animal die here? Were they living here when the universe was formed? I feel that I have encountered a juxtaposition of time and space within these structures. On the one hand, I am inspecting what was once a living creature with its life cut unexpectedly short, a tragedy within this magnificently unpredictable universe. On the other hand, I am examining a preserved structure which has withstood the tests of time and space and which I assume will outlast me as well. The carcass poses many possibilities to ponder.
The presence of carcasses forces me to reflect upon my own mortality. The creatures which once inhabited these structures were once alive like me with hopes and dreams. And yet, their existences were cut short, a stark reminder of the fragility of our own lives in this world. As I study the structure of the carcass in detail, I am reminded of my own temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) which serves as a reminder of my own mortality.
The carcass also holds a certain degree of beauty that I find remarkable. After all, what remains are intricate and elaborate structures which retain elements of the creatures which once inhabited them. I can recognize fragments of the creature’s life in shapes, forms and colors which outlast the flesh and blood that once was. The arch of a rib, the twist of a vertebrate, the remnant of some fur. I like to believe that these structures will become a part of the grand narrative of the universe which I am so desperately curious to uncover.
As I explore and observe carcasses, I am reminded of my journey to understanding the unknown, to searching beyond the limits of what we can see and feel. I am reminded of my unique lifestyle that combines academics, science, fiction, eccentric companions, and a range of hobbies. I am comforted in the idea that these creatures’ stories remain, even if they are only told by the bones of time and space.