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and Judaism. His conclusion? "Science and spirituality ask two differ- ent questions. Science asks how. Spirituality asks why." But they're both important. In November 2016, after four years of work, Evolved was published. The story is set in the future and follows 14-year-old Amos on a physi- cal and emotional journey. He's forced to choose between the supercon- scious, the melding of computer and brain, and the supraconscious, a combination of intellect and spirit. "I wanted a protagonist who was innocent and malleable to show his development throughout the novel," explains Matthew. "Amos is incredibly distracted by the cardinal sins. He may be a highly organically developed human with enhanced brain and physical function, but he also has human flaws." In the book, 90 percent of Earth's population has perished, and the people remaining have taken over the evolutionary process to elevate their own intellect. Through each round of evolution, fewer and fewer people are able to evolve, until only one person can see the extra dimensions and think more creatively than others. That's Amos. He falls in love with Sarah, which saves him in this loveless society. Evolved tackles scientific topics such as entropy and pregnant time (low entropy singularity in space), but there's also a spiritual side. "When people read Evolved, I hope they'll think about free will versus deter- minism, how space exists, what happens when a computer gains con- sciousness, and other philosophical questions." During the writing process, Matthew had an emotional breakdown one day. "I was sitting in front of my computer touching on all these themes when I just started crying. I was gasping for air before I regained control over myself," he said. "Through that awakening and finding some spiritual leaders, it's become important for me to talk about what's going on this world, where we're headed, and how we can rediscover love for each other which seems to be disappearing." When Matthew is not writing or busy with family duties, he works for Myrtha Pools. He also volunteers in the community. He is former chair of the aquatics sub-committee to the 900 Worcester Committee, an elected member of the Wellesley Recreation Commission, and a former Sprague School PTO president. "The more I've given of myself, the more I've received. That has been an important part of my journey beyond writing." Matthew says, "It takes a lot of guts to do what you love—to do what resonates with you at a deeper level versus chasing that paycheck. We live in this reality where we have to feed our families, and that distracts us from what's really important. If this book proves to be successful, it will be very rewarding, but if not, so be it. I've accomplished my num- ber one goal—to inspire my daughters to write." Looking ahead, Matthew is exploring the idea of writing about the Holy Trinity and its connection to science. "I hope Evolved will ulti- mately become part of an ongoing conversation—a book that inspires people to start thinking differently about the bigger issues," he says. The ones that really matter. 189 s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e books "a book that inspires people" EVOLVED is available at Wellesley Books and online.