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1. enigma: a perplexing, baffling or seemingly unexplainable matter, person, etc.

2. cynicism: the belief that people are motivated in all their actions only by selfishness; denial of the sincerity of people’s motives and actions or the value of living.

3. marred: damaged or spoiled to a certain extent; rendered less perfect, attractive, useful, etc.

4. montage: any combination of disparate (different in kind) elements that forms or is felt to form a unified, whole, single image, etc.

5. Diogenes: (412?–323 b.c.) Greek philosopher. According to tradition, he once went through the streets holding up a lantern, “looking for an honest man.”

6. Babylon: the capital of an ancient empire called Babylonia which was located in southwest Asia and flourished from 2100 to 538 b.c.

7. Chaldea: province of Babylonia, the ancient empire in what is now southern Iraq.
See also Babylon in the glossary.

8. quickened: hastened; accelerated; speeded.

9. Maxwell, James Clerk: (1831–79) Scottish physicist whose research and discoveries advanced the knowledge of electromagnetism, color perception and other areas.

10. mystic: a person who practices mysticism, the beliefs or practices of those who claim to have experiences based on intuition, meditation, etc., of a spiritual nature, by which they learn truths not known by ordinary people.

11. overmastering: gaining mastery over; overpowering.

12. repress: keep under control, check or suppress (desires, feelings, actions, tears, etc.).

13. hand, at every: on all sides; in every direction.

14. heritage: something handed down from one’s ancestors or the past, as a characteristic, a culture, tradition, etc

15. air, up in the: not settled; not decided.

16. amperes: the standard units for measuring the strength of an electric current.

17. watts: units of electrical power.

18. prefrontal-lobotomied: subjected to a prefrontal lobotomy, a surgical procedure in which the frontal lobes are separated from the rest of the brain by cutting the connecting nerve fibers. Used by psychiatry supposedly for the purpose of relieving symptoms of mental illness.

19. cuffed: struck; beat.

20. track: see time track in the glossary.

21. protoplasm line: see genetic line below.

22. genetic line: the protoplasm (essential living matter of cells) line. It consists of the total of incidents which have occurred during the evolution of the body itself.

23. unconscious mind: a term from psychoanalysis. It is said to be the sum of all thoughts, memories, impulses, desires, feelings, etc., of which the individual is not conscious but which influence his emotions and behavior. In actuality, the “unconscious” is the sum of all a man’s bad experiences and nothing more mysterious than that. In Dianetics and Scientology it is called the reactive mind. See also reactive and reactive mind in the glossary.

24. subconscious: see unconscious mind above.

25. overwrought: extremely or excessively excited or agitated.

26. fission: the act of cleaving or splitting into parts. Nuclear fission is the splitting of the nucleus of an atom into nuclei of lighter atoms, accompanied by the release of energy. The word comes from Latin fission, meaning “a splitting, dividing.”

27. concurrently: at the same time; together (with).

28. garb: figuratively, outward covering, form or appearance.

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