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I hold a scrap of paper in the darkness and light it. I watch it burn bright and curl, disappearing into nothingness, and the heat burns my fingers. Where has it gone? What has it become? I cannot shake the feeling that I have witnessed a form of transcendence.
Commissioner Pravin Lal, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
"Up till now, at least, there isn't much metaphysics in Morelli, except that you, Horacio Curiacio, are capable of finding metaphysics in a can of tomatoes."
Etienne, Hopscotch
He had squatted for hours in the courtyards of the philosophers, listening to the arguments of theologians and teachers, and come away in a haze of bewilderment, sure of only one thing, and that, that they were all touched in the head.
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