p3: 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”
Section 1: The Planetary Life
p3: 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”
Section 2: Planetary Physical Types
p13: In 1991, four UB readers published “The Science Content of The Urantia Book.“ On page 7 they assert, “There was no way to predict or to measure atmospheric pressure on these planets before the advent of the space probes.” This statement was wrong and the mistake was pointed out by Martin Gardner’s book Urantia: The Great Cult Mystery, which was clearly written with the intent to defame The Urantia Book and mock adherents. From Wikipedia: Atmosphere on Mars, “Spectroscopic observations in the 1860s and 1870s led many to think the atmosphere of Mars is similar to Earth’s. In 1894, though, spectral analysis and other qualitative observations by William Wallace Campbell suggested Mars resembles the Moon, which has no appreciable atmosphere, in many respects. In 1926, photographic observations by William Hammond Wright at the Lick Observatory allowed Donald Howard Menzel to discover quantitative evidence of Mars’s atmosphere. From Wikipedia: Atmosphere of Venus, “In 1761, Russian polymath Mikhail Lomonosov observed an arc of light surrounding the part of Venus off the Sun’s disc at the beginning of the egress phase of the transit and concluded that Venus has an atmosphere. In 1940, Rupert Wildt calculated that the amount of CO2 in the Venusian atmosphere would raise surface temperature above the boiling point for water. This was confirmed when Mariner 2 made radiometer measurements of the temperature in 1962.”
p17: Excellent article relating “missing link” issues with evolution/creationist controversies, provided within the context of whale origins. Quick summary article on various animals that show land to water evolution characteristics similar to the pattern associated with whales. University of Michigan article on whale evolution and fossil excavation with useful images.
p20: metric conversions: “. . . the average in Nebadon being a trifle under 2.1 m. Some of the larger worlds are peopled with beings who are only about 76 cm in height.” “. . . planets to around 3 m on the smaller inhabited spheres. In Satania there is only one race under 1.2 m in height.”
p17: whales (61:2.11), (65:2.12) provide the other two references to whales, as a species. difficult whales of selfishness (130:1.2) ref: story of Jonah.
Section 3: Worlds of the Nonbreathers
In 2007 Chris Halvorson, Ph.D. (physics) gave a 25-minute talk on UFO’s and nonbreathers. In this talk he suggests that the nonbreathers are on a planet at the edge of the Kuiper Belt of astroids, known as the Kuiper Cliff. The “cliff” would be formed by a orbiting planet much like the rings of Saturn get formed by moons that shepherd the space dust to with in their orbit.
p1: 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”
p2: Norlatiadek etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the northern (nor) law (la) place (-tia) with Melchize(dek) identification, referring to the legislative activities at the constellation level and the presence of the special Melchizedek schools in this constellation, and implying that this constellation is in the northern regions of the local universe of Nebadon.”
p3: metric conversion: “. . . coming in at the rate of almost 320 km/s.”
Section 4: Evolutionary Will Creatures
Section 5: The Planetary Series of Mortals
p12: Tabamantia etymological notes by Halbert Katzen: (Tab) probably comes from the root of “tabulation.”
mantic (adj.): 1850, from Gk. mantikos “prophetic, oracular, of or for a soothsayer,” from mantis “prophet,” lit. “one touched by divine madness” (see mantis). Related: Mantical (1580s).
manta: very large ray (also called devilfish), 1760, from Sp. manta “blanket” (which is attested in English from 1748 in this sense, specifically in reference to a type of wrap or cloak worn by Spaniards), from L.L. mantum “cloak,” back formation from L. mantellum “cloak” (see mantle (n.)). The ray so called “for being broad and long like a quilt” [Jorge Juan and Antonio de Ulloa, “A Voyage to South America”].
Intriguing associations can be made with both mantic and manta. The “divine madness” could be related to experimental worlds. And the blanketing of the manta could relate to the way Tabamantia covers (is responsible) for an specific realm of worlds.
p23: Caligastia etymology: The one whose (capital “C,” specific) darkness (calig-) entirely (as) turns him into a non-person (-tia, normally used for impersonal names, instead of –ia, which would normally be used for a personal name). From Latin caliginosus “misty,” from caliginem (nom. caligo) “mistiness, darkness, fog, gloom.”Caligula was a Roman Emperor who succeeded Tiberius and whose uncontrolled passions resulted in manifest insanity; noted for his cruelty and tyranny; was assassinated.
By Chris Halvorson: “the one who is (-tia) entirely (as) darkenss (calig-) and no longer personal.”
p19: 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).
Section 6: Terrestrial Escape
p1: 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.
p11-13: See Topical Study page: Abortion and resurrection for the unborn.
p22: Melchizedek etymology by Chris Halvorson: “Heb., the king (malki) of righteousness (tsedheq) = U.B., the primary righteous expression (of a local universe descending Son)”
Jerusem etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the “new Jerusalem” (Rev:21.2).
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