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A New Model of the Universe

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THIS 80 PAGE ARTICLE WAS EXTRACTED FROM THE BOOK: New Model of the Universe, by P. D. Ouspensky. To purchase the entire book, please order ISBN 0766108228.
Paperback, 82 pages
Published September 10th 2010 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1931)
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LeLe
Never before have I encountered all these topics and theories in one publication. This is a fascinating read for someone whose interest is piqued by the metaphysical, theories of the universe, consciousness, and esoteric knowledge. It's like the Costco of New Age ideas, all under one cover, and for subjects and explanations that were crafted as long ago as the 1920s (pre-Internet), Ouspensky is adequately able to convey his ideas through practical examples in an especially relevant, post-modern ...more
Tucker
This attracted me in a bookstore when I was about 18. It stayed on my shelf, unread, for over a decade, as I'd been intimidated by its sheer length and had assumed it would present either an elaborate system to be analyzed or a magic to be practiced. Instead, it's a much more manageable collection of odd opinions.

Writing in the early 20th century, Ouspensky talks about the Gospels and Tarot, geometry and relativity, and opines on magic, dreams, contemplation, reincarnation, and time. He doesn't
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Lisa
Jul 17, 2008 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in metaphysical subjects
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Dense material, more like a reference book; not for 'beginners' to such material. Lovely chapter near the end of the book describing his travels to Egypt, India, Ceylon-- it will put you right there, in his shoes! For all his intellectual writing in earlier chapters of the book, this one chapter is something that could have inspired any adventure tale or Indiana Jones outing. Very vivid descriptions indeed.

His other material is very thought-provoking. One need not read with the idea of "buying i
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Gregory
This is a great book well worth reading, parts get a little tricky but it is very useful to expand your understanding of what and thinking is, Ouspensky has a sorta sort of friendly, "in the room talking with you or to you" style of writing ... I really enjoyed this book, started to reread a second time.
Thorne
It's wide open baby!
Robin Mookerjee
A New Model of the Universe. Although In Search of the Miraculous is more personal, this book may give the best sense of Ouspensky the man, and, now that the world has settled on a spelling for his name - it's high time for the quelling of any misconceptions around it. Model, published in the 1930s, represents the apex of the seeker's early work: i.e., his work prior to his meeting with G.I. Gurdjieff.

Notable authors always seem to have been born at the turn of the century (like Krishnamurti, N
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Mario
This is not going to be easy to describe. From its title you could guess that it was some weirdo's baseless pseudo-philosophical ramblings, and you wouldn't be far off. Ouspensky does a near adequate job of folding in (what was, at the time) cutting-edge science into a spiritual soup, but you could by no means call it scientific, more like fantasies on a scientific theme. Still, I would definitely recommend reading this for anyone interested in unusual ways of thinking, or anyone interested in w ...more
Jose Daniel
Libro que nos aclara un contexto de la antigüedad donde el arte, la religión y la música eran una sola cosa, y que nos habla de como cada uno se ha ido deformando hasta diluirse y perder la esencia misma de todas las doctrinas religiosas, un analisis psicologico de como el hombre ha cambiado y ha adoptado estas creencias diluidas a su vida.
Tyler Wieland
Didn't read it cover to cover, but there are a lot of great ideas and it provides a very unifying framework for a lot of big concepts.
Andrea
fascinating on all levels. this book put me in a headlock and wouldn't let go!
Bigmakmotorbreath
Amazing Theosopher- Read it.
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