„For him the universe did not extend beyond the circumference of her petticoat.“

—  Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Origine: Madame Bovary

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„The universe has no circumference“

—  Nicholas of Cusa German philosopher, theologian, jurist, and astronomer 1401 - 1464

Contesto: The universe has no circumference, for if it had a center and a circumference there would be some and some thing beyond the world, suppositions which are wholly lacking in truth. Since, therefore, it is impossible that the universe should be enclosed within a corporeal center and corporeal boundary, it is not within our power to understand the universe, whose center and circumference are God. And though the universe cannot be infinite, nevertheless it cannot be conceived as finite since there are no limits within which it could be confined.

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„We puzzle as to whether the universe is bounded or extends forever; whether, indeed, it may only be one universe among many.“

—  Vannevar Bush American electrical engineer and science administrator 1890 - 1974

Origine: Science is Not Enough (1967), p. 28 - 29
Contesto: We puzzle as to whether the universe is bounded or extends forever; whether, indeed, it may only be one universe among many. We speculate as to whether our universe began in a vast explosion, whether it pulsates between utter compression and wide diffusion, whether it is self-renewing and thus unchanged forever. And we are humble.
But science teaches more than this. It continually reminds us that we are still ignorant and there is much to learn. Time and space are interconnected in strange ways; there is no absolute simultaneity. Within the atom occur phenomena concerning which visualization is futile, to which common sense, the guidance from our everyday experience, has no application, which yield to studies by equations that have no meaning except that they work. Mass and energy transform one into another, Gravitation, the solid rock on which Newton built, may be merely a property of the geometry of the cosmos. Life, as its details unfold before us, becomes ever more intricate, emphasizing more and more our wonder that its marvelous functioning could have been produced by chance and time. The human mind, merely in its chemical and physical aspects, takes on new inspiring attributes.
And what is the conclusion? He who follows science blindly, and who follows it alone, comes to a barrier beyond which he cannot see. He who would tell us with the authority of scholarship a complete story of why we exist, of our mission here, has a duty to speak convincingly in a world where men increasingly think for themselves. Exhortation needs to be revised, not to weaken its power, but to increase it, for men who are no longer in the third century. As this occurs, and on the essential and central core of faith, science will of necessity be silent.
But its silence will be the silence of humility, not the silence of disdain. A belief may be larger than a fact. A faith that is overdefined is the very faith most likely to prove inadequate to the great moments of life.

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„It would be a hard task to discover the maker and father of this universe of ours, and even if we did find him, it would be impossible to speak of him to everyone.“

—  Platón, libro Timeo

Section 28c http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:text:1999.01.0180:text=Tim.:section=28c, Greek http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.01.0179%3Atext%3DTim.%3Asection%3D28c as quoted in The Watchtower, 2015, 2/15, pp. 19–23 http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2015127
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„It is a road to universals beyond discrete personal experience.“

—  Rollo May US psychiatrist 1909 - 1994

Origine: The Courage to Create (1975), Ch. 4 : Creativity and the Encounter, p. 91
Contesto: Symbol and myth do bring into awareness infantile, archaic dreads and similar primitive psychic content. This is their regressive aspect. But they also bring out new meaning, new forms, and disclose a reality that was literally not present before, a reality that is not merely subjective but has a second pole which is outside ourselves. This is the progressive side of symbol and myth. This aspect points ahead. It is integrative. It is a progressive revealing of structure in our relation to nature and our own existence, as the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur so well states. It is a road to universals beyond discrete personal experience.

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„For one of those gnostics, the visible universe was an illusion or, more precisely, a sophism. Mirrors and fatherhood are abominable because they multiply it and extend it.“

—  Jorge Luis Borges, libro Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius

Para uno de esos gnosticos, el visible universo era una ilusion o (mas precisamente) un sofisma. Los espejos y la paternidad son abominables porque lo multiplican y lo divulgan.
Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius (1940)

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„She was pointing into the empty, angel-less heavens beyond.
Everything else. The universe.“

—  Alastair Reynolds, libro Terminal World

Origine: Terminal World (2010), Chapter 30 (p. 550; closing words)

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