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‘It is only the highest intellectual power, what we may call genius, that attains to this degree of intensity, making all time and existence its theme, and striving to express its peculiar conception of the world, whether it contemplates life as the subject of poetry or of philosophy. Hence undisturbed occupation with himself, his own thoughts and works, is a matter of urgent necessity to such a man; solitude is welcome, leisure is the highest good, and everything else is unnecessary, nay, even burdensome. ‘This is the only type of man of whom it can be said that his centre of gravity is entirely in himself; which explains why it is that people of this sort—and they are very rare—no matter how excellent their character may be, do not show that warm and unlimited interest in friends, family, and the community in general, of which others are so often capable; for if they have only themselves they are not inconsolable for the loss of everything else. This gives an isolation to their character, which is all the more effective since other people never really quite satisfy them, as being, on the whole, of a different nature: nay more, since this difference is constantly forcing itself upon their notice, they get accustomed to move about amongst mankind as alien beings, and in thinking of humanity in general, they say they instead of we.’ (A. Schopenhauer, The Wisdom of Life) ‘Psychical research is the experimental study of the supernormal faculties (real or supposed) of human personality. The word “supernormal” is merely an equivalent for “not recognized by general scientific opinion” and is free of all implications of “supernatural”.’ (Article ‘Psychical Research’, Encyclopædia Britannica) ‘Our task is not that of deducing the rational but of describing the conceivable, or that which comes with Evidenz as incontrovertably given. ‘It is important to realise the fundamental position of probability in science. At very best, induction and analogy give only probability. Every inference worthy of the name is inductive, therefore all inferred knowledge is at best probable.’ B. R.[ussell] Outline of Philosophy, 1927-41, p. 285. All things obey the Laws of Science, except when they don’t. ‘J’étais contente de me remettre à la philosophie. Je restais aussi sensible que dans mon enfance à l’étrangete de ma présence sur cette terre qui sortait d’ou? J’y pensais souvent, avec stupeur, et sur mes carnete je m’interrogeais; il me semblait etre dupe « d’un tour de prestidigitation dont le truc est enfantin,

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Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...

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