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Tertium-Organum-by-P-D-Ouspensky

Tertium-Organum-by-P-D-Ouspensky

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TERTIUM ORGANUM
THE THIRD CANON OF THOUGHT
A KEY TO THE ENIGMAS OF THE WORLD
 
And sware . . . that there should be time no longer.
Revelation 10: 6
That ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all
saints what is the breadth, the length, the depth and the height.
St Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians 3: 17, 18
 
CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1What do we know and what do we not know? Our known dataand our unknown data. Unknown quantities taken as knownquantities. Matter and motion. What does positivist philosophyarrive at? Identity of the unknown quantities:
 x = y, y
=
 x.
What do we actually know? The existence of consciousness inus and of the world outside us. Dualism or monism?Subjective and objective cognition. Where do the causes of sensations lie? Kant's system. Time and space. Mach'sobservation. What the physicist actually works with.CHAPTER 2A new view of Kant's problem. Hinton's books. 'Space-sense'and its evolution. A system for developing the sense of thefourth dimension by means of exercises with differentcoloured cubes. The geometrical concept of space. Three perpendiculars. Why are there only three? Can everythingexisting be measured by three perpendiculars? Physical andmetaphysical facts. Signs of existence. The reality of ideas.The insufficient evidence of the existence of matter andmotion. Matter and motion are only logical concepts, like'good' and 'evil'.CHAPTER 3What can we learn about the fourth dimension by studyinggeometrical relationships within our space? What should bethe relationship of a three-dimensional body to a fourdimensional one? A four-dimensional body as the trace of themovement of a three-dimensional body in a direction notcontained in it. A four-dimensional body as composed of aninfinite

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