#389462 - 10/17/0808:30 PMReading this hurts my head...
Edgar Allen Poe - Eureka<br><br>Especially this paragraph:<br><br>As regards that infinity now considered -- the infinity of space -- we often hear it said that "its idea is admitted by the mind -- is acquiesced in -- is entertained -- on account of the greater difficulty which attends the conception of a limit." But this is merely one of those phrases by which even profound thinkers, time out of mind, have occasionally taken pleasure in deceiving themselves. The quibble lies concealed in the word "difficulty." "The mind," we are told, "entertains the idea of limitless, through the greater difficulty which it finds in entertaining that of limited, space." Now, were the proposition but fairly put, its absurdity would become transparent at once. Clearly, there is no mere difficulty in the case. The assertion intended, if presented according to its intention and without sophistry, would run thus: -- "The mind admits the idea of limitless, through the greater impossibility of entertaining that of limited, space."<br><br>Time Out Of Mind<br><br><br>
Poe could have been a little less obtuse in his description of the physical universe if he had given up on the idea that there is a creator and took a hit of acid instead. Since it wasn't discovered yet he could have easily gotten his intuitive buzz on with datura or psylocibin.<br><br>But intuition never comes up with the real answer. He wanders a bit and gets some real basic science very wrong. He should have stuck with the macabre which he did so well. <br><br>
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<OL>"Reading this hurts my head... "</OL><img src=http://home.comcast.net/~phosphor-digital/bbs/TertiumOrganum.jpg border=1 align=left hspace=6>Try P. D. Ouspensky's 1920 tour de force Tertium Organum—A Key to the Enigmas of the World ( Full, free text online ) on for size some time.<br><br>I have a 1947 hardcover version that I borrowed from the father of a set of brothers I know. It was given to him by one of his college professors in 1960; the professor received it from one of his professors in 1949. This book somehow survived a devastating house fire in 1988 with just a little smoke damage.<br><br>The brothers would have never been interested in it; I still had possession of it, and so inherited it by default when he died. I'm not much of a book monger—I tend to give them away, but this one's a real treasure from a man I respected deeply. I'm still struggling to get through it, and though I can't say I understand all of it, I have found that working on it has a strong effect of really awakening a part of my brain that often goes untapped.<br><br><br>"This is not here."
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