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the universe

It is really hard to distinguish between the word "universe" and the universe.
But we think we can.
So we think there is a universe.

We think we can "hold the universe in the palm of our hand"

Is there a universe?
If the universe goes on forever, possibly changing, possibly not changing, is there a universe?

Speaking about "the universe" makes it sound like there is something in the universe called "the universe," and this is self-contradictory. The universe cannot be conceptualized because the conceptualization itself is a part of the universe.

The universe might instead be called the "infinitverse," or "anything."

(In theological terms) god did not have to create a finite universe.

If we stop speaking about the universe, we can more easily think of the world as unknown and open to understanding and to perception. The universal laws of nature hide much more than they uncover.

Let us at least begin this book/this understanding with the concept that we do not understand much at all, and that there is no "universe."

the world

"The world" has some of the same problems as "the universe."

"The world" cannot be accused of being as infinite as "the universe," but even the world, I would caution, is far too big to be talked about.

The problem of using the word "world" is that it is (1) substitutionary and (2) simplistic.

We encapsulate it in facts.

We describe the world as small.
If the world is so small why don't you walk home from work.

news of the world


As if
(we know it)  (we have it)

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