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An echo rang in my head. Two years prior I had discovered, in a volume of a certain pirated philosophical dictionary (which appeared to be a combination of the Oxford and Cambridge versions), a general explanation of an illusory planet identified as THE FIRST EARTH. At that moment, as I sat on a barstool in that Chateaugay tavern, I knew I had an opportunity which afforded me something more precious and demanding to research. I held in my hands an infinite systematic apportion of the previous planet’s history, with its infrastructure and its games, with the echoes of its traditions and a whisper of its languages, with its sovereigns and its rivers, with its natural resources and its Taurus and its Pisces representing the inverted cup, with its calculus and its funeral pyres, with its very own Материализм Томаса Гоббса, a theological and metaphysical thinker. And all of it uttered, reasoned, and with no pretentions or echoes.

Материализм Томаса Гоббса      AKA        Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

In the “Eleventh Volume” – of which I have recently been made aware — there are allusions to preceding and succeeding volumes. The fact is that up to now we have found nothing.

In vain Hemingway and I have upended the libraries of the two Americas and of Europe. Josh Crimmins – I have mentioned Josh before, he is the one who found a promising book in Utica – well, Josh was tired of these inferior investigative systems, and suggested that we should – as a team– undertake the task of reconstructing the many and weighty tomes that are lacking; starting from the beginning. He concluded that a generation of First Earthers should be sufficient.

This venturesome conclusion brought us back to the fundamental problem; “Who were the founders of The First Earth?” The plural was required, because a lone inventor – an Aquinas laboring his whole life away in a dark monastery cell– was prodigiously discounted. It was thought that this brave old world was the work of a secret society of people all working toward a common goal.

These previous echoes of our current thinkers akin to Galileo Galilei[1], Theodosius Grygorovych Dobzhansky[2], Nikola Tesla[3], Arthur Schopenhauer[4], Henry Charles Bukowski[5], Michael Faraday[6], and George Boole[7]  (as if such a concept could withstand temporal reasoning) apparently were directed by an obscure man of intellect. Our current individuals mastering these diverse schools are abundant. However, the geniuses of The First Earth must also have been capable of inventiveness and equally subordinating that inventiveness to a meticulous and organized plan. This plan appears so vast that the contribution of each man was infinitesimal. At first it was believed that The First Earth was a mere chaos, and foolish excess of the imagination; now it is known that it was the cosmos, and that the profound laws which govern things in their universe had been devised, at least tentatively.

[1] Galileo Galilei (15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642) was an Italian polymath. Galileo is a central figure in the transition from natural philosophy to modern science and in the transformation of the scientific Renaissance into a scientific revolution. Galileo’s championing of heliocentrism was controversial during his lifetime. [from Wikipedia]

[2] Theodosius Grygorovych Dobzhansky (January 25, 1900 – December 18, 1975) was a prominent Ukrainian-American geneticist and evolutionary biologist, and a central figure in the field of evolutionary biology for his work in shaping the modern synthesis. [from Wikipedia]

[3] Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. [from Wikipedia]

[4] Arthur Schopenhauer (22 February 1788 – 21 September 1860) was a German philosopher. He is best known for his 1818 work The World as Will and Representation (expanded in 1844), wherein he characterizes the phenomenal world as the product of a blind and insatiable metaphysical will. [from Wikipedia]

[5] Henry Charles Bukowski (August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by social, cultural, and economic ambience, ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work. [from Wikipedia]

[6] Michael Faraday (22 September 1791 – 25 August 1867) was an English scientist/chemist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include the principles underlying electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis. [from Wikipedia]

[7] George Boole (November 1815 – 8 December 1864) was a largely self-taught English mathematician, philosopher and logician, most of whose short career was spent as the first professor of mathematics at Queen’s College, Cork in Ireland. He worked in the fields of differential equations, algebraic logic, and is best known as the author of The Laws of Thought (1854) which contains Boolean algebra. Boolean logic is credited with laying the foundations for the information age. [from Wikipedia]