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"From time to time in the history of human intelligence, men, learned…

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"From time to time in the history of human intelligence, men, learned men at that, have delighted to tease themselves with insoluble riddles from 'what song the Sirens sang' to the number of angels who could dance upon a needle, from the grand elixir for transmuting base metals to gold to the secret of perpetual youth, from the pyramids of Egypt and the lost tribes of Israel to the Atlantis of Plato.

"In all these fields the learned enthusiast and the scientific amateur are commonly found. For them the search is all, the overtones, the implications, the whole cosmology which develops around these enquiries are so vast (and often so cloudy) that the solution would be an anticlimax, even a sort of bathos. For them the journey is all, the destination is impossible, almost by definition, of achievement; for them it is far better hopefully to travel than actually to arrive."

A. G. Galanopoulos and Edward Bacon, Atlantis: The truth behind the legend c. 1969 Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd.
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