This wonderfully written and beautifully acted movie is a great example of a 3-way Terrain clash.
It is ironic that the movie is named 'The Man Who Knew Infinity', for the main character— theoretical mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, played superbly by Dev Patel— is indeed at the Unity-Based Terrain (Infinity). This genius mathematician sees his equations as easily as you or I see flowers. They simply appear to him as Truth, by Divine inspiration, without him needing to investigate, research, prove or even ask questions about them. As he says, "An equation means nothing to me unless it expresses the thought of god." This is true Direct Knowing, that only happens at the Terrain of Infinity.
The Cambridge establishment is a mix of traditional professors at the Order-Based Terrain (Square) and more progressive professors at the Reflection-Based Terrain (Diamond). The Square traditionals seek to block Ramanujan's entry into the University on the basis of his lack of education and low class. In contrast, the Diamond innovators recognize Ramanujan's brilliance and champion his right to study at Cambridge.
Yet the Diamond professors—particularly the central character G.H Hardy, played by Jeremy Irons—are threatened by Ramanujan's intuitive knowing of theoretical mathematics. It is inconceivable at Diamond for a person to arrive at knowing directly, through induction alone. For at Diamond, the core belief is that man must navigate his world with his mind in order to remain safe, therefore knowing is always arrived at through mental deduction. For this reason Hardy demands that Ramanujan show him 'how' he arrived at this intuitive knowings, and insists that he provide mathematical proofs. "Intuition is not enough," he says. "It has to be held accountable".
The film is a wonderful study of Terrains, for we get to see a true clash between the Square professors who wish to hold Ramanujan back and the Diamond rebels who champion his genius. We also get to see the genuinely profound struggle that takes place inside the main Diamond character—Hardy—as all his beliefs about a rational universe get turned upside down and he comes to accept that Ramanujan truly does know Truth simply by being connected through imagination into the Divine.
(To find out more about the different Terrains, read the book 'Introducing The Ten Terrains Of Consciousness', available at all major online bookstores.)
～ by Tahnee Woolf ～
co-creator of the Ten Terrains Of Consciousness
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