This book, however, is also about metaphysics, dealing with mind, being, consciousness, and the nature of self. It is here Byron asks a number of hugely profound questions relating to the very nature of humanity:
Are we, each and every one of us, part of a larger living organism? Not metaphorically, but literally?
Are we cells in a larger creature? What can be observed and known about cells, life, intelligence, emergence, and how superorganisms such as beehives and anthills operate?
Could Agora be a metaphor for how people work together to accomplish what no individual can, or could it be an actual thing, a system, like an automobile, that can function, break, or be destroyed?
Could it be a living, thinking entity, with a will and purpose, and perhaps even consciousness?
Could we perceive Agora if we were part of it? Or can we discern its shape by the shadow that it casts? Can an understanding of Agora help us understand why there is poverty or why civilization exists?
In his fifth book, Byron takes readers to places none of his books have gone before, tackling the question of whether an actual entity exists, which all of humanity is a part of.