Tertium Organum, Introduction


Reference: Tertium Organum

My friend Ivan presented me with this book TERTIUM ORGANUM by P.D. Ouspensky.  The title refers to THE THIRD CANON OF THOUGHT, A KEY TO THE ENIGMAS OF THE WORLD.

The work is concerned with the nature of the universe and cosmic consciousness – anyone who hobbies to struggle with those matters will find this book to be most insightful and helpful. Download Tertium Organum here free, unabridged and yours forever:

Tertium Organum by P D Ouspensky

P.D. Ouspensky starts out with the implicit belief that something cannot come from nothing. He says,

“Knowledge must start from some foundation, something must be recognized as known; otherwise we shall be obliged always to define one unknown by means of another.”

My thought is that the desire to know brings about expectation. Expectation brings about speculation. Speculation brings about assumptions. And assumptions bring about beliefs. And, thus, knowledge expands.

The seed of all knowledge seems to be the DESIRE TO KNOW. Where this desire comes from is anybody’s guess.

Here is my favorite Hymn.

The Creation Hymn of Rig Veda

The basic questions are: “Where?”, “When?”, Who?” or “What?”

Neither such questions, nor their answers are there in the beginning.

There is only manifestation and awareness of that manifestation.

In case of absolute beginning, there is no “prior.”

In the “after,” there are these questions, and speculations for answers.

The questions manifest, and the speculations manifest

There is awareness of these further manifestations.

This awareness then generates more questions and speculations.

Such speculations then going forward, as well as going backwards

Hide the unknowable.

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  • vinaire  On May 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    (1) Logic has to do with associations among what is there.

    (2) When we are creating new associations among what is there we are creating new logical filters.

    (3) When we are recognizing logical associations that we forgot about then we are subtracting logical filters.

    (4) We cannot get rid of all associations 100%. We keep associations that are consistent. We level the associations that are inconsistent.

    (5) Logic cannot work in isolation. We must look at logic among what is there.



    • Chris Thompson  On May 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Vin: (5) Logic cannot work in isolation. We must look at logic among what is there.

      Chris: = good. There is a good observation, that something must be there to compare.


  • vinaire  On May 14, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    All logic is ultimately circular.



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