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93 How to be more than infinite

Simple infinity Three articles, beginning with article 50, describe life as an ascending progression from one order to another. A person grows at each step. Birth and death look like end points, but in the whole story they are points on an infinite line. In mathematics a line extends infinitely in both directions and any lesser portion is a ray (one fixed end point) or a line segment (two fixed end points). Mortality is a segment. Several word games are possible. Can one thing be more infinite than another? That sounds oxymoronic—the words don’t fit together. On the other hand, …

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88 Want to be a freshman again?

Beginnings Theology In Intimations of Immortality the poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) tells us “Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting … But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God, who is our home: Heaven lies about us in our infancy!” Does he suggest we come from a better place? Is our object to be restored and return there? In articles [52] definition of God and [54] anti-Christ I reject the theory of fallen man. Indeed, human individuality has premortal origin, but birth is a progression, not a descent, from a prior state. This article teaches that death …

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70 They don’t fit

The story At University of Chicago, my physics professor (structure of matter course) tricked us with a priceless lesson. The homework solution was not an exact answer. We were to place sixteen readings into a four-by-four table so that they filled a consistent progression of energy levels. It was easy to sort the numbers into columns such that each number was a fixed step lower than the number above it—except for the last column. After I filled three columns, it was impossible to arrange the remaining four numbers to match the pattern. In discussing the homework solution, we students complained, …

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