The Pericosmic Theory of Physical Existence and Its Sequel Preliminary to Cosmology and Philosophy Proper

The Author, 1888 - 328 páginas

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Página 18 - That gravity should be innate, inherent, and essential to matter, so that one body may act upon another at a distance through a vacuum, without the mediation of anything else, by and through which their action and force may be conveyed from one to. another, is to me so great an absurdity that I believe no man, who has iu philosophical matters a competent faculty of thinking, can ever fall into it.
Página 12 - You sometimes speak of gravity as essential and inherent to matter. Pray do not ascribe that notion to me ; for the cause of gravity is what I do not pretend to know, and therefore would take more time to consider of it.
Página 325 - In all phenomena, the more closely they are investigated the more are we convinced that, humanly speaking, neither matter nor force can be created or annihilated, and that an essential cause is unattainable. — Causation is the will, Creation the act, of God.
Página 325 - The sole truth which transcends experience by underlying it, is thus the persistence of Force. This being the basis of experience, must be the basis of any scientific organization of experiences. To this an ultimate analysis brings us down; and on this a rational synthesis must build up.
Página 327 - ... what force is; but finds, on the contrary, that the more he thinks about it, the more he is baffled. Similarly, though analysis of mental actions may finally bring him down to sensations as the original materials out of which all thought is woven, he is none the forwarder; for he cannot in the least comprehend sensation — cannot even conceive how sensation is possible.
Página 281 - Mind, as known to the possessor of it, is a circumscribed aggregate of activities ; and the cohesion of these activities, one with another, throughout the aggregate, compels the postulation of a something of which they are the activities.
Página 231 - Nor is it unsafe to assert that other forms and varieties of structure will yet be discovered, or that hundreds more exist which we may never hope to recognize. But lastly, even more wonderful than the infinite variety of the sidereal system is its amazing vitality. Instead of millions of inert masses, we see the whole heavens instinct with energy — astir with busy life. The great masses of luminous vapour, though occupying countless millions of cubic miles of space, are moved by unknown forces...
Página 231 - ... they form the crown of glory which bursts into view when he is totally eclipsed. But wonderful as is the variety seen within the planetary system, the variety within the sidereal system is infinitely more amazing. Besides the single suns, there are groups and systems and streams of primary suns; there are whole galaxies of minor orbs; there are clustering stellar aggregations, showing every variety of richness, of figure, and of distribution; there are all the various forms of...
Página 15 - ... that such are necessary : it is simply, as it appears to me, to deny the conservation of force. "As to the gravitating force, I do not presume to say that I have the least idea of what occurs in two particles when their power of mutually approaching each other is changed by their being placed at different distances ; but I have a strong conviction, through the influence on my mind of the doctrine of conservation, that there is a change ; and that the phenomena resulting from the change will probably...
Página 319 - ... unfold therein its wealth of actions. Indeed in this respect an immense dower was bestowed in the shape of the general attraction of all the particles for each other. This force, which on the earth exerts itself as gravity, acts in the heavenly spaces as gravitation.

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