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Flatland By Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926)

Posted by Pelgrim on 27th April 2007

Dedication
To
The Inhabitants of SPACE IN GENERAL
And H.C. IN PARTICULAR
This Work is Dedicated
By a Humble Native of Flatland
In the Hope that
Even as he was Initiated into the Mysteries
Of THREE Dimensions
Having been previously conversant
With ONLY TWO
So the Citizens of that Celestial Region
May aspire yet higher and higher
To the Secrets of FOUR FIVE OR EVEN SIX Dimensions
Thereby contributing
To the Enlargment of THE IMAGINATION
And the possible Development
Of that most and excellent Gift of MODESTY
Among the Superior Races
Of SOLID HUMANITY

Flatland (1884) By Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926)

 

Section 16

How the Stranger vainly endeavoured to reveal to me in words the mysteries of Spaceland

AS SOON AS the sound of the Peace-cry of my departing Wife had died away, I began to approach the Stranger with the intention of taking a nearer view and of bidding him be seated: but his appearance struck me dumb and motionless with astonishment. Without the slightest symptoms of angularity he nevertheless varied every instant with graduations of size and brightness scarcely possible for any Figure within the scope of my experience. The thought flashed across me that I might have before me a burglar or cut-throat, some monstrous Irregular Isosceles, who, by feigning the voice of a Circle, had obtained admission somehow into the house, and was now preparing to stab me with his acute angle.

In a sitting-room, the absence of Fog (and the season happened to be remarkably dry), made it difficult for me to trust to Sight Recognition, especially at the short distance at which I was standing. Desperate with fear, I rushed forward with an unceremonious, “You must permit me, Sir –” and felt him. My Wife was right. There was not the trace of an angle, not the slightest roughness or inequality: never in my life had I met with a more perfect Circle. He remained motionless while I walked around him, beginning from his eye and returning to it again. Circular he was throughout, a perfectly satisfactory Circle; there could not be a doubt of it. Then followed a dialogue, which I will endeavour to set down as near as I can recollect it, omitting only some of my profuse apologies–for I was covered with shame and humiliation that I, a Square, should have been guilty of the impertinence of feeling a Circle. It was commenced by the Stranger with some impatience at the lengthiness of my introductory process.

Stranger. Have you felt me enough by this time? Are you not introduced to me yet?

I. Most illustrious Sir, excuse my awkwardness, which arises not from ignorance of the usages of polite society, but from a little surprise and nervousness, consequent on this somewhat unexpected visit. And I beseech you to reveal my indiscretion to no one, and especially not to my Wife. But before your Lordship enters into further communications, would he deign to satisfy the curiosity of one who would gladly know whence his visitor came?

Stranger. From Space, from Space, Sir: whence else?

I. Pardon me, my Lord, but is not your Lordship already in Space, your Lordship and his humble servant, even at this moment?

Stranger. Pooh! what do you know of Space? Define Space.

I. Space, my Lord, is height and breadth indefinitely prolonged.

Stranger. Exactly: you see you do not even know what Space is. You think it is of Two Dimensions only; but I have come to announce to you a Third–height, breadth, and length.

I.Your Lordship is pleased to be merry. We also speak of length and height, or breadth and thickness, thus denoting Two Dimensions by four names.

Stranger. But I mean not only three names, but Three Dimensions.

I.Would your Lordship indicate or explain to me in what direction is the Third Dimension, unknown to me?

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The first day, Echad, One and the seventh day

Posted by Pelgrim on 25th April 2007

The third story is found in Genesis 1.3-5. “And God said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was light and God saw that the light was good and he separated the light from the darkness and God called the light ‘day’, and the darkness he called ‘night’ and there was evening, and there was morning, the first day”.

Hebrew, like English, has a word for one and a different word for first. The same is true for the words two and second, three and third, etc. As an example the Hebrew word for “three” is “shelosh”, and the Hebrew word for “third” is “sheliyshiy”. Days 2 - 7 use the Hebrew word for second, third, fourth, etc. We would assume that the “first” day would use the Hebrew word “reshon” meaning “first” in order to be consistent with the other six days, but instead we have the word “echad” meaning “one” or ” in unity”. The author is making a parallel with the “first” day and with all the days of creation. I believe this is because all seven days of the fattening of the earth are being united in this verse. The first day of creation is also a parallel with the whole of creation as the earth was in darkness and the act of filling the earth brought light to the earth. 

source: Ancient Hebrew Research study centre  

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The extra dimension of God created …

Posted by Pelgrim on 25th April 2007

The first story is found in Genesis 1.1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The Hebrew word “bara” is a verb and is usually translated as “create”. To really understand what this word means let us look at another passage where this word is used.

1 Samuel 2.29 - Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?’ The word “fattening” in the passage above is the Hebrew word “bara”. The noun form of this verb is “beriya” and can be found in Genesis 41.4 - “And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows.” The word “fat” is the Hebrew word “beriya”.

The word “bara” does not mean, “create” (Hebrew actually has no word that meaning “create” in the sense of something out of nothing) but “to fatten”. If we take the literal definition of “bara” in Genesis 1.1 we have - In the beginning God fattened the heavens and the earth.
source: Ancient Hebrew Research center

As science is learning that the Big Bang is not something out of nothing, but reality out of the zero energy field or the finite out of the infinite.

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In him we live, move, and have our being …

Posted by Pelgrim on 25th April 2007

Acts 17 24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

Concordance

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Of one heart of one soul

Posted by Pelgrim on 23rd April 2007

Acts 4, 32 the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul

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We are one species, ……

Posted by Pelgrim on 19th April 2007

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We are one species. We are starstuff. - Carl Sagan

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Chain of events

Posted by Pelgrim on 19th April 2007

“History is a chain of events leading to the next,
sometime we need to break that chain to prevent the next.”

H. Blum, April 2007

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To reveal his Son in me

Posted by Pelgrim on 16th April 2007

Galatians 1 15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, …

To reveal: Strong’s 601

1) to uncover, lay open what has been veiled or covered up

a) disclose, make bare

2) to make known, make manifest, disclose what before was unknown

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God in us

Posted by Pelgrim on 10th April 2007

 

“If God is not in us, He never existed” - Voltaire

 

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I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he

Posted by Pelgrim on 9th April 2007

Isaiah 41 4 Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.

concordance

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