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Scientific Romances by Charles Howard Hinton

Scientific Romances by Charles Howard Hinton

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Theosophical Book Concern116 S. Michigan Avenue CHICAGOSCIENTIFIC ROMANCES.C. H. HINTON, B. A.WHAT is THE FOURTH DIMENSION ?THE PERSIAN KING.A PLANE WORLD.A PICTURE OF OUR UNIVERSE.CASTING OUT THE SELF.FIRSTSERIES.XonOon -SWAN SONXENSCHEIN & CO. , LIM. , PATERNOSTER SQUARE.1886.Wfyd is % J[0ttrifr gitwnsicw?CHAPTER I.133 r ^ tne P resent ti 1116 our actions are largely in- fluenced by ourtheories. We have aban- doned the simple and instinctive mode of life of
the earlier civilisations for one regulated by the assumptions of ourknowledge and supplemented by all the devices of intelligence. In such astate it is possible to conceive that a danger may arise, not only from awant of knowledge and practical skill, but even from the very presence andpossession of them in any one department, if there is a lack of informationin other departments. If, for instance, with our present knowledge ofphysical laws and mechanical skill, we were to build houses without regardto the conditions laid down by physiology, we should probably to suit anapparent convenience make them perfectly draught-tight, and thebest-constructed mansions would be full of suffocating chambers. Theknowledge of the construction of the body and the conditions of its healthprevent it from suffering injury by the development of our powers overnature-In no dissimilar way the mental balance is saved from the dangersattending an attention concentrated on the4 What is the Fourth Dimension ?Jaws of mechanical science by a just consideration of the constitution ofthe knowing faculty, and the conditions of knowledge. Whatever pursuit weare engaged in, we are acting consciously or unconsciously upon sometheory, some view of things. And when the limits of daily routine arecontinually narrowed by the ever-increasing complication of our civilisation,it becomes doubly impor- tant that not one only but every kind of thoughtshoi Id be shared in.There are two ways of passing beyond the domain of practical certainty,and of looking into the vast range of possibility. One is by asking, " What isknowledge ? What constitutes experience ? " If we adopt this course weare plunged into a sea of speculation. Were it not that the highest facultiesof the mind find therein so ample a range, we should return to the solidground of facts, with simply a feeling of relief at escaping from so great aconfusion and contradictoriness.The other path which leads us beyond the horizon of actual experience isthat of questioning whatever seems arbitrary and irrationally limited in the

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