Origin

Origin

A Novel

Book - 2017
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JENNIFERES
Feb 03, 2018

"Well, the questions would have to be: 'How did it all begin? Where do we come from?'" (p. 52)

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Extensive quotes in goodreads. These were collected independently:
Historically, the most dangerous men on earth were men of God … especially when their gods became threatened.
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What was your famous quote? ‘At thirty-three years old, I am the same age as Christ when He performed His resurrection.’
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“I’ve read your books on Kabbala. I can’t say I understood them, but I’ve read them.”
“I have read your predictions on the future of mankind. I can’t say I agree with them, but I have read them.”
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The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, looked like something out of an alien hallucination—
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THE LARGEST SYNAGOGUE in Europe is located in Budapest on Dohány Street. Built in the Moorish style with massive twin spires ...
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“… when we learned that the tides were caused by lunar cycles, Poseidon was no longer necessary, and we banished him as a foolish myth of an unenlightened time.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

…if there is one thing I have learned in my long life, it is that faith always survives, even in the face of great hardship.
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“By the end of the eleventh century,” Edmond said, “the greatest intellectual exploration and discovery on earth was taking place in and around Baghdad. Then, almost overnight, that changed. A brilliant scholar named Hamid al-Ghazali—now considered one of the most influential Muslims in history—wrote a series of persuasive texts questioning the logic of Plato and Aristotle and declaring mathematics to be ‘the philosophy of the devil.’
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“Where do we come from? Where are we going? ... Tragically, on account of religious dogma, millions of people believe they already know the answers to these big questions. And because not every religion offers the same answers, entire cultures end up warring over whose answers are correct, and which version of God’s story is the One True Story.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

THE SZÉCHENYI CHAIN Bridge—one of eight bridges in Budapest—spans more than a thousand feet across the Danube. An emblem of the link between East and West, the bridge is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
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“I’ve been taking confessions for fifty years. I know a lie when I hear one.”
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“… just remember the wise words of Disney’s Princess Elsa.” Langdon turned. “I’m sorry?” Ambra smiled softly. “Let it go.”

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But the old navy aphorism proved false over and over. The darkest hour is not just before the dawn, he sensed. The dawn is never coming.
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The roads to salvation are many. Forgiveness is not the only path.
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This ancient symbol, Garza knew, consisted of six letters, which, when put together, spelled a single word in Latin—a word that perfectly defined Franco’s self-image. Victor.
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Ruthless, violent, and uncompromising, Francisco Franco had risen to power with the military support of Nazi Germany and Mussolini’s Italy.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Nietzsche: “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.”
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“As the old adage goes: ‘Men plan, and God laughs.’”
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You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something!
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God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? —NIETZSCHE
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Apostasy had become a popular rallying cry for Spain’s liberal youth. Renounce the Church!
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‘Newton’s Third Law of Child Rearing: For every lunacy, there is an equal and opposite lunacy.’
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the eerie ghost town of El Torbiscal—a once prosperous farming village whose population had recently dwindled to zero.
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Casa Milà was one of Gaudí’s most famous buildings—a dazzlingly original “house” whose tiered facade and undulating stone balconies resembled an excavated mountain, sparking its now popular nickname “La Pedrera”—meaning “the stone quarry.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

For more than a century, Gaudí’s controversial Basílica de la Sagrada Família had been under construction, relying solely on private donations from the faithful. Criticized by traditionalists for its eerie organic shape and use of “biomimetic design,” the church was hailed by modernists for its structural fluidity and use of “hyperboloid” forms to reflect the natural world.
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He could still recall when “breaking news” was printed on paper and delivered to his doorstep the following morning.
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Any life-form with the technology to travel to earth would require no subterfuge or subtlety to dominate us instantaneously.”
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Personally, I believe that it would be perfectly feasible to seal these ‘seeds of life’ in radiation-proof, protective pods and shoot them into space with the intent of populating the cosmos in a kind of technology-assisted panspermia.
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“Any advanced life-form ... would not send a recipe for humans any more than they would send a recipe for chimpanzees.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.
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U.S. congressman Paul Broun say, ‘Evolution and the Big Bang are lies straight from the pit of hell.’
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To permit ignorance is to empower it. To do nothing as our leaders proclaim absurdities is a crime of complacency.
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The most self-righteous in life become the most fearful in death.
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Where do we come from? Where are we going? “We come from God!” Beña declared aloud. “And we go to God!”
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France, Germany, Russia, Austria, Poland, and more than fifty other countries had abandoned their crowns in the last century. Even in England there was a push for a referendum on ending the monarchy after the current queen died.
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Jesus being age thirty-three at the time of the Passion is a more likely explanation.
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… it seemed unlikely that a Spanish nun would admire a heterodox British poet. The entire story seemed like a stretch.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. —WINSTON CHURCHILL
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THE TALLEST CROSS in the world is in Spain. Erected on a mountaintop eight miles north of the monastery of El Escorial, the massive cement cross soars a bewildering five hundred feet in the air above a barren valley, where it can be seen from more than a hundred miles away.
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Life—had been invented in the 1970s by a British mathematician, John Conway.
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When life is dark, let your heart show you the way.
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T-shirt printed with the message—Ampersand phone home!—a playful allusion to the Spielberg movie about an extraterrestrial named “ET” who was trying to find his way home.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Darwin’s theory described the survival of the fittest, but not the arrival of the fittest.”
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Computer simulations are really just virtual time machines.”
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Waves never crash onto beaches and deposit sand in the shape of a sand castle.
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… physicist Jeremy England. He was tall and very thin, with an unkempt beard and a quietly bemused smile. He stood before a blackboard filled with mathematical equations.
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Jeremy England’s theory ... was that the universe functioned with a singular directive. One goal. To spread energy. In the simplest terms, when the universe found areas of focused energy, it spread that energy out..
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To efficiently create chaos, Langdon realized, requires some order.
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If blazing sunlight hit a patch of fertile dirt, the physical laws of the earth would create a plant to help dissipate that energy. If deep-ocean sulfur vents created areas of boiling water, life would materialize in those locations and disseminate the energy.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

“The truth is—we come from nowhere … and from everywhere. We come from the same laws of physics that create life across the cosmos. We are not special. We exist with or without God. We are the inevitable result of entropy. Life is not the point of the universe. Life is simply what the universe creates and reproduces in order to dissipate energy.”
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The Seventh Kingdom … TED Talk by digital-culture writer Kevin Kelly. Prophesied by some of the earliest science-fiction writers, this new kingdom of life came with a twist. It was a kingdom of nonliving species.
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“Half a billion years ago,” Edmond continued, “our planet experienced a sudden eruption of life—the Cambrian Explosion—
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“What you are seeing here is a rare evolutionary process known as obligate endosymbiosis,”
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‘The price of greatness … is responsibility.’”
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“May our philosophies keep pace with our technologies. May our compassion keep pace with our powers. And may love, not fear, be the engine of change.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Stephen Hawking materialized on the wall, his unmistakable computerized voice proclaiming, “It is not necessary to invoke God to set the universe going. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing.”
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson—appearing in an old clip from the Cosmos television show—declared good-naturedly, “If a Creator designed our universe to support life, he did a terrible job. In the vast, vast majority of the cosmos, life would die instantly from lack of atmosphere, gamma-ray bursts, deadly pulsars, and crushing gravitational fields. Believe me, the universe is no Garden of Eden.”
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DON’T LET THEM MAKE A MONKEY OUT OF YOU! FIGHT DARWIN!

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

A road sign in Maine: SKIP CHURCH. YOU’RE TOO OLD FOR FAIRY TALES. And another: RELIGION: BECAUSE THINKING IS HARD. An advertisement in a magazine: TO ALL OF OUR ATHEIST FRIENDS: THANK GOD YOU’RE WRONG! And finally, a scientist in a lab wearing a T-shirt that read: IN THE BEGINNING, MAN CREATED GOD.
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his dream, ironically, was not to destroy religion … but rather to create a new religion—a universal belief that united people rather than dividing them. He thought if he could convince people to revere the natural universe and the laws of physics that created us, then every culture would celebrate the same Creation story rather than go to war over which of their antique myths was most accurate.”
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We are blank slates until you write something on us … until you give us a task. I have completed my tasks for Edmond, and so, in some ways, my life is over. I really have no other reason to exist.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
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Love is from another realm. We cannot manufacture it on demand. Nor can we subdue it when it appears. Love is not our choice to make.
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Jorge Santayana—” “‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,’”
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“And history has proven repeatedly that lunatics will rise to power again and again on tidal waves of aggressive nationalism and intolerance, even in places where it seems utterly incomprehensible.”
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“this museum must celebrate the other lesson history has taught us—that tyranny and oppression are no match for compassion … that the fanatical shouts of the bullies of the world are invariably silenced by the unified voices of decency that rise up to meet them. It is these voices—these choirs of empathy, tolerance, and compassion—that I pray one day will sing from this mountaintop.”
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El Escorial. Sacred burial place of Spanish royalty.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

“A pattern is any distinctly organized sequence. Patterns occur everywhere in nature—the spiraling seeds of a sunflower, the hexagonal cells of a honeycomb, the circular ripples on a pond when a fish jumps, et cetera.” “Okay. And codes?” “Codes are special,” Langdon said, his tone rising. “Codes, by definition, must carry information.”
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“True or false?” he asked. Puzzled, Ambra eyed his scratchings—a simple Roman-numeral equation.
I + XI = X
One plus eleven is ten? “False”
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He pointed. “On the side of that truck.” Ambra glanced up and saw a FedEx truck idling at a red light on Avenue of Pedralbes. Secret symbol? All Ambra could see was the company’s ubiquitous logo. “Their name is coded,” Langdon told her. “It contains a second level of meaning—a hidden symbol that reflects the company’s forward motion.”
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Love is not a finite emotion. We don’t have only so much to share. Our hearts create love as we need it.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

THE SIX-HUNDRED-FOOT HILL known as Montjuïc is located in the southwestern corner of Barcelona and is crowned by the Castell de Montjuïc—a sprawling seventeenth-century fortification perched atop a sheer cliff with commanding views of the Balearic Sea.
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Dialogue is always more important than consensus.
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Capitalism is nondenominational,
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ABUNDANCE: THE FUTURE IS BETTER THAN YOU THINK
WHAT TECHNOLOGY WANTS THE SINGULARITY IS NEAR
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… nothing cemented people’s belief faster than a human being dying for his cause. Christ on the cross. The Kedoshim of Judaism. The Shahid of Islam. Martyrdom is at the heart of all religion.
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… literature’s most famous acts of friendship—the shocking finale of the novel Of Mice and Men—a man’s merciful killing of his beloved friend to spare him a horrible end.
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Beyond the thrill of innovation, there were vast fortunes to be made in AI, and nothing blurred ethical lines faster than human greed.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son. —John 3:16 “Your God brutally sacrificed his son,” Winston said, “abandoning him to suffer on the cross for hours. With Edmond, I painlessly ended a dying man’s suffering in order to bring attention to his great works.”
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“Humans don’t learn by obeying commandments, they learn by example. Judging from your books, movies, news, and ancient myths, humans have always celebrated those souls who make personal sacrifices for a greater good. Jesus, for example.”
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“Then let me ask you this famous question: Would you rather live in a world without technology … or in a world without religion? Would you rather live without medicine, electricity, transportation, and antibiotics … or without zealots waging war over fictional tales and imaginary spirits?”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

perhaps Sagrada Família—like the Pantheon of Rome—might become a flashpoint for transition, a building with one foot in the past and one in the future, a physical bridge between a dying faith and an emerging one. If that were true, Sagrada Família was going to be far more important than anyone could ever imagine.
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He thought about all the religions of the world, about their shared origins, about the earliest gods of the sun, moon, sea, and wind. Nature was once the core. For all of us.
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… seated inside this extraordinary temple, Langdon found himself surrounded by people of all faiths, colors, languages, and cultures, everyone staring heavenward with a shared sense of wonder … all admiring the simplest of miracles. Sunlight on stone.

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cknightkc
Nov 09, 2017

“It is in hearing the voice of the devil that we can better appreciate the voice of God.” - p. 6

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cknightkc
Nov 09, 2017

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” —WINSTON CHURCHILL - p. 369

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cknightkc
Nov 09, 2017

“The price of greatness… is responsibility.” —WINSTON CHURCHILL - p. 412


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