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Section 1: Space Levels of the Master Universe
p2: Orvonton etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the out-dwelling town (The superuniverse domain is the dwelling place for ascending mortals that is outside of the local universe domain, and the seventh Paradise satellite of the Infinite Spirit is the hometown for “the reunions of the struggles and triumphs of the ascendant career” [17:1.9].).” “ton < O.E., tun = town” “or- = O.E., out” “von < M.E., wone = dwelling, dwelling place, domain”
p4: Havona etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the “new heaven” (Rev:21.1).” “-a = L. noun suffix (first declension, nominative) = U.B., general noun suffix, used to indicate the additional specific meanings of the coined name”
p12: Nebadon etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the first (a) nebular (neb-) upland (don) (The local universe level is the local upland relative to the lowlands where mortals begin their ascension careers in the Milky Way spiral nebula.).” “don < O.E., dun = n., down = upland”
p15: Uversa etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the hub of the superuniverse that is the seventh expression of triune pattern (“U” is the 21st letter of the alphabet, and 21 equals 7 times 3. Hence, the headquarters worlds of the other superuniverses are Cversa, Fversa, Iversa, Lversa, Oversa, and Rversa. The “U” notation is also used in “Umajor the fifth” and “Uminor the third”.)” “versa = L., focus, hub (see endnote entitled “Versa”)”
masculine: metrical sequence of words (He wrote a verse.); also, versus (plaintiff versus defendant); feminine: poetical character (She wrote in verse.); also, vice versa (vice = in the place of another + versa = focus, hub)
“Versa is the nondirectional aspect of “a turning”, that is, the hub; while versus is the directional aspect, the rotation.”
Section 2: The Domains of the Unqualified Absolute
p1: Urantia etymology by Chris Halvorson: “specific: Urantia = (y)our heavenly place (i.e., in the cosmos)” “-tia = noun-forming suffix < -t- of L. past participle stem + -ia (cf., -tion and -ion)” “U.B.: “-tia” is indicative of impersonal, while “-ia” is more personal”
p3: As late as the 1980’s, when the Hubble telescope was being built, astronomers were very skeptical about how far more powerful telescopes would be able to penetrate deep space. Various factors led astronomers in this direction—the Big Bang theory, redshift issues, gravitations forces, etc. The people who built the Hubble telescope were told not to worry about seeing galaxies in deep space because it would not be possible. In 1977 a Scientific American article noted that astronomers estimated that there were about 10 million visible galaxies. Data collected by the Hubble telescope greatly increased earlier estimates. Currently, astronomers estimate that there are well over 100 billion galaxies. The fact that 375 million was not rounded up to 400 million indicates a degree of specificity suggesting an upper limit. Current estimates may be too high for a number of reason, including that scientists are not postulating a toroidal shaped universe. See UBtheNEWS Galaxies Report.
galactic, galaxies Nigel Nunn, a UB student since 1979, attended the Australian National University in the late 1990’s in order to better understand the UB’s scientific information, receiving a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Astrophysics. He prepared a six page explanation with excellent graphicsabout how the description of Orvonton relates to current science and the “so-called Milky Way” galaxy.
p1,3,5: astronomers See also (15:1.2), (15:3.4), (23:2.21), (23:3.5), (30:3.2,3,4), (41:3.10), (57:2.2), (57:3.1,2).
p3: galactic is used three other times in contexts other than astronomy: See (104:4.15), (116:4.7), (117:3.2).
extragalactic is used once.
Section 3: Universal Gravity
Section 4: Space and Motion
p14: metric conversions: “160 km/s for every 1,000,000 light-years increase in distance.” “unbelievable rate of more than 48,000 km/s.”
p15: See 12:2.3 above.
Section 5: Space and Time
p5: Tigran Aivazian annotation (from 130:7.6): seven different conceptions of space: These seven dimensions of space are the same as the seven dimensions of human type of personality as explained in 112:1.9. The perception of the seven dimensions of space is in principle achievable even on the material level of existence, despite the claim of human mind being “rigidly space-bound” in 12:5.5. There is no real contradiction between what the Perfector of Wisdom is teaching us in Paper 12 and what Jesus is teaching the Mithraic mystic at Carthage, as long as we understand that the angelic teachings are usually very basic, whereas Jesus is here addressing a highly advanced individual.
Section 6: Universal Overcontrol
Section 7: The Part and the Whole
p7: Morontia etymology: In general (m) material substance (mor) is like (on) this thing (-tia).
By Chris Halvorson: “that which is (-tia) akin to (on) matter (mor)”
Note also: mor–Danish origin 1930’s, refering to humus formed under acidic conditions.
p8: no respecter of persons See Topical Study page: No respecter of persons.
p12: beyond human appears eight times, followed six times by comprehension and once by understanding and imagination: (8:2.4), (12:7.12), (14:3.8) (17:1.6), (38:2.3), (42:10.7), (44:1.1), (48:2.20).
Section 8: Matter, Mind, and Spirit
p15: spirit luminosity See Cross-reference page.
Section 9: Personal Realities
Matthew Block suggests that the following authors were influential in writing of this Paper and has prepared a parallel chart:
H. A. Overstreet, The Enduring Quest: A Search for a Philosophy of Life (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1931) Wikipedia page: Overstreet.
p3,4: water See Marjorie Ray’s presentation on water at the 2016 Scientific Symposium held at Urantia Foundation. Watch a video showing the peculiar relationship that your editor has to ice spikes or Halbertcicles, as I like to call them. Here’s one I call “The Spherical Cube”:
p3: physics (chemistry) is used six paragraphs and every time it is used in association with chemistry. See: (12:9.3), (58:2.3), (65:6.8), (66:5.24), (102:4.6), and (195:6.11). Chemistry also appears at: (41:2.6), (42:9.1), (49:5.19), (65:6.1), (74:6.3), and (81:2.9).
cosmology appears in fourteen paragraphs: (12:9.3), (55:5.6), (56:10.2,3,8), (94:11.12), (94:12.1), (98:7.6), (99:4.13), (101:1.5), (101:4.1,2,5), (111:4.4).