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fourmis, werber some quotes from: les fourmis (the ants, de mieren) [trilogy] - bernhard werber
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ants and humans,
(from book 1; introduction on page 7 dutch version)

while you read these lines, on earth:
- 40 humans are born and 30 die
- 700 million ants are born, and 500 million die
mammal, lenghts between 1 and 2 m.; weight: between 30 and 100 kgs
carrying time females: 9 months; omnivore; estimated population: more than 5 billion idividuals
insect, lenghts between 0.01 and 3 cm.; weight: between 1 and 150 mg.; laying: as they need, depending on supply of spermatozoa; omnivore; estimated population probably: more than one trillion individuals
(edmond wells
encyclopedia of relative and absolute science)
(see also pantha rhei: millennium, where this quote is at the start page)

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(from book 2, pages 374/375 dutch version)

'orientation': most heroic acts of human kind were east to west.
always humans have followed the course of the sun and wondered about the place where the big fireball sunk. odyssee, columbus, attila..., all of them thought the solution would be found in the west. to travel west is to travel to the future.
however, even though some where the sun went, others were curious to find out where it came from. travelling east is going to the source, of the sun, but also of yourself.
marco polo, napoleon, bilbo the hobbit (one of the heroes from the lord of the rings by tolkien) are major people of the east. they believed that, if there was anything to be found, it would be there, far away, where everything, including the day, dawns.
in this symbolism of the adventurers remain two more directions. they have the following meaning: venturing north means looking for obstacles to measure your own power. travelling south means looking for peace and calm.
(edmund wells
encyclopaedia of relative and absolute knowledge)

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  ten senses
(from book 2; page 337 dutch version)

(discussion on the organs of sense between jonathan and his son nicolas)
"say, nicolas, how many organs of sense do you have?"
"sight, sound, ...uhh, the sense of tactile, taste and smell," said the boy as if he was being tested.
"and more?" asked jonathan.
"nothing more."
"very well. you just named the five physical senses that enable you to understand the physical reality. but there is this other reality, a psychic one, that you may comprehend with five psychic senses. if you limit yourself to only your five physical senses, it is as if you would only use the fingers of your left hand. why wouldn't you also use the fingers of your right hand?"
nicolas was surprised
"what are those other five psy-chic senses, as you call them?"
"emotion, imagination, intuition, universal awareness and inspiration."
"and i just started to believe i only thought with my head, my brains, and now this..."
"oh no, there are many ways of thinking. our brain is just like a computer. you can program it to make the most fantastic things of which you have no idea. it is a tool that we got of which we never found the instructions for use. at this time we use no more then ten percent. in a thousand years we may be using fifty percent. and in a million years maybe ninety. in our heads we are babies. we do not understand half of what is happening around us."
"you exaggerate. modern science..."
"oh no! science means nothing. it only serves to impress those that do not know anything about it. real scientists know they know nothing and the further they go the more they discover that they know really nothing."
"but uncle edmond..., he knew things..."
"no, edmond leads us the way to our own independence. he shows us how to raise questions, but he does not give answers. when you begin to read in the encyclopaedia of the relative and absolute knowledge you get the idea you understand all, but then, when you continue reading, you get the feeling that you do not understand anything at all anymore."

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(from book 2; page 145 dutch version)

"'how': the first question a human puts when confronted with an obstacle is "why is this obstacle here and who caused it?" the human will find the guilty one(s) and thinks of a punishment so that it will not happen again
in the same situation the ant will think first: "how to get rid of this obstacle and with help of whom?" in the world of ants 'guilt' does not exist
there will always be the difference between those that wonder why things do not work and those that think 'how can i make them work'
in our time the human world is at the phase of 'why', but the day will come when those that think 'how' will take power.
(edmond wells,
encyclopaedia of relative and absolute knowledge, part 2)"