“What we have seen thus far is a progression from explicate order to simple three-dimensional implicate order, then to a multidimensional implicate order, then to an extension of this to the immense “sea” in what is sensed as empty space. The next step may well lead to yet further enrichment and extension of the notion of implicate order, beyond the critical limit of 10 to the negative 33 cm mentioned above; or it may lead to some basically new notions which could not be comprehended even within the possible further development of the implicate order. Nevertheless, whatever may be possible in this regard, it is clear that we may assume the principle of relative autonomy of sub-totalities continues to be valid. Any sub-totality, including those of which we have thus far considered, may up to a point be studied in its own right. Thus, without assuming that we have already arrived even at an outline of absolute and final truth, we may at least for a time put aside the need to consider what may be beyond the immense energies of empty space, and go on to bring out the further implications of the sub-totality of order that has revealed itself thus far.”

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