Matter And Life; What Are They?. A Suggested Solution: what are They?

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byWilliam Naismith

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904. Excerpt: ... Chapter VII. MAN IN RELATION TO ETERNAL MATTER It was our aim in the last chapter, while directing attention to the pathetic persistence of men all through the centuries in attempting to solve the problem of life as something which might be found and localised, to point out at the same time the utter futility (as we think) of all such prolonged searching. We have given our reason why neither philosophy nor religion, nor even invincible science itself, has succeeded, or ever will succeed, in discovering what is erroneously called "the problem of life." We have endeavoured by such reason and scientific evidence as we are in command of to show that the problem or principle of life (so-called), sometimes called spirit and sometimes ego, is as undiscoverable as mere symmetry in statuary, or mere sound in an instrument, neither of which are facts in that they exist. We have shown, or tried to show, that life itself is not an entity, but only the evidence of the absolute entity--symbolic of something, denoting something, as symmetry and sound denote the objects which they imply. From this new interpretation of existence thought may, with infinite purpose and anticipation, desist from pursuing a mere myth, and realise instead the boundless fact of eternal substance and energy. Individual existence is too short to dissipate effort in attempting the conciliation of the old faith and the new gospel--namely, religion and science. The one is flimsily built upon a myth of the imagination, and, therefore, ephemeral; the other is constructed upon the facts of science, permanently demonstrated by human knowledge. And just as comparative zoology in relation to the complete reform it has achieved in biology, and especially in anthropology, whose realm of mystery it has disp...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904. Excerpt: ... Chapter VII. MAN IN RELATION TO ETERNAL MATTER It was our aim in the last chapter, while directing attention to the pathetic p...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217781977

ISBN - 13:9780217781978

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