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Quand j’ai commencé l’étude de l’homme, j’ai vu que ces sciences abstraites ne lui sont pas propres, et que je m’égarais plus de ma condition en y pénétrant que les autres en les ignorant, et je leur ai pardonné de ne s’y point appliquer. Mais j’ai cru trouver au moins bien des compagnons dans l’étude de l’homme, puisque c’est celle qui lui est propre. J’ai été trompé. Il y en a encore qui l’étudient que la géométrie.’—Pascal XXIV.29 149 ‘McTaggart … held that he could prove by purely philosophical reasoning the eternity of each human mind, and could show that its eternity would appear under the form of time as beginningless pre-existence and endless post-existence out up into an infinite sequence of finite embodied lives.’—C.Q. Broad, Journal of Parapsychology, Dec. 1956 (‘A Half-Century of Psychical Research’) 150 ‘It is, of course, the ideal of science to reach unambiguous answers to all such general questions of fact. The assumption is that,30 with appropriate methods of study, any question can in time be properly answered.’—J.B. Rhine, Journal of Parapsychology, June 1956 151 ‘In more elementary problems, and in special cases, Dirac’s symbols are associated with direction, and that is the notion we have of them to start with; but this notion is extended to include anything that can make a difference to the way in which one numerical characteristic of a system can be associated with another, and it has become more or less divided from any kind of graphical representation.’—Eddington, New Pathways in Science, p. 236 152 ‘Heisenberg’s principle has a very curious consequence when … [this passage is already quoted at EL. 25, q.v.] … automatically begins to spin one way or the other. To say that there is definitely no spin would be to claim an accuracy which we have seen to be impossible. 29.  [I have spent much time in the study of the abstract sciences; but the paucity of persons with whom you can communicate on such subjects disgusted me with them. When I began to study man, I saw that these abstract sciences are not suited to him, and that in diving into them, I wandered farther from my real object than those who knew them not, and I forgave them for not having attended to these things. I expected then, however, that I should find some companions in the study of man, since it was so specifically a duty. I was in error. There are fewer students of man than of geometry.] 30.  [Ven. Ñå~av⁄ra Thera’s italics]


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...