The rest of it
Math and sciences are what I do first and foremost. They sketch a fragment of what is out there. I find that very valuable. Can't think of a higher privilege than doing science.
The rest is more vague. I approach it through taking and making images, sometimes by writing, too. The world is much too big for a man to understand. But perhaps some sliver becomes more approachable through these intuitive means. With all senses combined for input, with all means combined for output, perhaps something is possible. This is closer to the domain of art. It is an elusive process.
I try escaping the routines every now and then. Physically, too. Through travel one has a chance of experiencing wider world first hand. To see around only through others' eyes is giving up living. The media and other middle men can create illusions, invent narratives, brings about an alien view. After having observed things first hand, watching television feels like hallucinating. One needs to use his or her own eyes, feel with own raw nerves.
"Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it."