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March 16, 2015

The world Augustine describes is not flat.


That is why man has such trouble understanding it.
It has a vertical dimension as well as a horizontal. In slices, it makes pretty patterns, but we cannot understand it in that way. Nor can any line drawn through that plane lead anywhere, but ultimately in a circle, back upon itself. Evolution is the snake eating its own tail.
Indeed, in this human condition, we cannot honestly begin to consider what scientism proposes as the task of “science”: which is to understand, on explicitly material terms, how we came to be. The very existence of this universe and of ourselves is a bottomless Mystery that cannot be “solved.” Reason may worm about, and make its observations on our plane, but Revelation provides the only possible access to that vertical dimension. It offers the only way we could ever comprehend, within the limits of our faculties, what was in the beginning, is now, and ever will be — not flat. Flatman rising : Essays in Idleness

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 16, 2015 11:58 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I only count David talking about two dimensions. Add the third and we have some substance although I don't see how he'd fit that in his metaphor. Bring in the fourth dimension, time, and we have more cohesion.

Bring in the Fifth Dimension and we have one of Gerard's favorite 60s groups popularizing the hits "Up, Up and Away", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)", "Wedding Bell Blues", "One Less Bell to Answer", "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All", and The Magic Garden LP.

Sorry, couldn't resist, haw haw. Well I coulda but I didn't.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 17, 2015 11:20 PM

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