“Leibniz was born in 1646 in Leipzig….He strove to reform the constitution of the Holy Roman Empire. He sought a “universal language” that would “end all disputes”.”
“Swedenborg believed the human being was a clockwork mechanism, made of up of two kinds of particles, which interacted according to mechanistic laws, but were all designed by God, the supreme ‘watch maker’.”
"…it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man."
Albert Einstein – The World as I see it
"Kant thought Swedenborg was a fraud and a lunatic, but Goethe and Schiller, Dostoyevsky and Baudelaire admired him."
What if Kant was a fraud?
"A more systematic and historically informed analysis reveals that Kant never considered slavery as a moral problem to be evaluated on its own."
"To achieve the impossible, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought."
— Tom Robbins (Jitterbug Perfume)
“I sometimes ask myself how it came about that I was the one to develop the theory of relativity. The reason, I think, is that a normal adult never stops to think about the problem of space and time. These are things which he has thought of as a child. But my intellectual development was retarded, as a result of which I began to wonder about space and time only when I had already grown up.”
— Albert Einstein
In Ronald W. Clark, Einstein: The Life and Times (1971), 10.
“The One is therefore not a simple concept. If it has to be given tension; it will not be enough to introduce its antagonist, the Other, or even the Neuter.”
“The purest form of listening is to listen without memory or desire.”
— Wilfred Bion
“Alexander spoke of himself as an “Ottoman,” i.e. a sympathizer with Rudolf Otto’s view of religion as stemming from feelings of reverence for the holy, rather than from expicit moral and theological beliefs.”
Space Time and Deity
Samuel Alexander (1859-1938)
“Immanuel Kant was a German philosopher and one of the central Enlightenment thinkers. Born in Königsberg, Kant’s comprehensive and systematic works in epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics have made him one of the most influential figures…”