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In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of a defeat: but in the
evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress towards a

(Whitehead, Science and The Modern World)

    Like waves that rise on the ocean stirred by the wind, dancing, and
without interruption,
    The Alaya-ocean in a similar manner is constantly stirred by the winds
of objectivity, and is seen dancing about with the Vijnanas which are the
waves of multiplicity.

(Lankavatara Sutra, trans. Suzuki)

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