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Questions from scholars, and Ouspensky's solutions, at conferences among 1930 and 1947, make up a few of the element of this publication. themes lined comprise will, evil or evolution and features of Ouspensky's theoretical and sensible philosophy.

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Individual man. M R . C. And what is mankind? M R . O. It depends on which scale you take it. Many divisions are pos­ sible between organic life and man. M R . C. Are animals a cosmos? M R . O. Yes, but not so complete. Every living being is a cosmos. Lower, after microcosmos, comes a cell (a large cell). Next comes a smaller, ultra-microscopic, cell. In bacteriology there are examples of cells that differ from one another like zero to infinity. The difference between them is almost the same as that between man and a cell.

O. Our thought is not long enough to know that. We can only take an analogy on a smaller scale. Or else we can either believe or disbelieve —both would be a wrong method. So only analogy is pos­ sible. M R . C. By microcosmos do you mean mankind or individual man? M R . O. Individual man. M R . C. And what is mankind? M R . O. It depends on which scale you take it. Many divisions are pos­ sible between organic life and man. M R . C. Are animals a cosmos? M R . O. Yes, but not so complete. Every living being is a cosmos.

One can kill oneself or increase energy. Also one can do physical exercise very differently if one observes oneself and remembers oneself. M R . L . I am more fit after it. M R . O. It depends on exercise. Q . Is muscular tension a form of identifying? M R . O. No, no need to call it identifying. It is a special thing and must have special work against it. Generally physical work helps. If one does a little physical work, one feels less tense. There are other means, but the simplest thing is physical work.

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