By Edward Harrison
In mask of the Universe, Edward Harrison brings jointly basic clinical, philosophical and spiritual concerns in cosmology and increases concept upsetting questions. Philosophical matters ruled cosmology within the historic international. Theological matters ranked top-rated within the heart a long time; astronomy and the actual sciences have taken over in additional fresh occasions. but each try and snatch the real nature of the universe creates a brand new "mask," humans have continually pitied the universes in their ancestors, believing that their new release has finally chanced on the "real" universe. can we now stand on the threshold of understanding every little thing, or have we created another "mask," doomed to vanish like these previous ours? Edward Harrison is Adjunct Professor of Astronomy, Steward Observatory, college of Arizona, and Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, collage of Massachusetts, Amherst. He labored as a scientist for the Atomic power study institution and the Rutherford excessive strength Laboratory in England until eventually 1966 while he grew to become a 5 collage professor on the college of Massachusetts and taught at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith university. he's the writer of diverse books, together with Cosmology: the technology of the Universe (Cambridge, 2001)
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Animism is the belief system that all material things have their indwelling spirits. Perhaps the early people supposed that life never died and the inner self gained freedom, as in dreams, and became a spirit. No doubt the early people had a different view of time, and events of the past, present, and future coexisted, and nothing died but transformed from a corporeal to an incorporeal state. Perhaps, by growing aware of an inner mentality as distinct from the outer physical body, the early people automatically attributed this dichotomy of the inner and outer self to everything else, and spirits became the reified mentalities of the external world.
The difference between God and gods is discussed in Chapter 18 (“The Cloud of Unknowing”). It suffices here to say that the word “god” is used here to denote a model of God in the same way that the word “universe” is used to denote a model of the Universe. The many universes serve as the masks of the Universe and the many gods serve as the masks of God. In “The Cloud of Unknowing” I tentatively equate God and Universe because both have similar attributes: both are all-embracing and inconceivable.
C. and the first of the Ionian philosopher–scientists, lived in Miletus on the Turkish Mediterranean coast. Skilled in geometry learned from the Egyptians, he predicted an eclipse of the Sun using astronomy learned from the Babylonians. The world ﬂoats in a primordial sea, he said, and is composed of water existing in many forms. Water is the ultimate constituent of all things, for it lives, ﬂows, and permeates the world. Anaximander of Miletus, a disciple of Thales, said all things are “according to necessity .
Masks of the Universe: Changing Ideas on the Nature of the Cosmos, 2nd Edition by Edward Harrison