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La même loi se dégage de Fhylémorphisme grec classique, qui distingue la “ forme” , le sceau de l’unité essentielle d ’une chose ou d’un être, et la “ matière” , substance plastique qui reçoit ce sceau et lui confère une existence déterminée. Aucune théorie moderne n ’a pu se substituer à cette théorie antique, car la réalité, dans sa richesse multiple, ne saurait être expliquée par la réduction à l’une ou l’autre de ses “ dimensions” . La science moderne ignore notamment ce que les Anciens désignaient sous le nom de “ forme” , car il s’agit là justement d’un aspect des 1 Voir R ené G u én on, Le Symbolisme de la Croix, Paris 1931.

Q uand on prend les anciennes cosmogonies à la lettre, et non dans un sens symbolique, elles paraissent effectivement naïves et ingénues, mais les théories modernes sur l’origine du monde, elles, sont franchement absurdes, non pas à cause de leur représentation mathématique, mais en raison de l’in­ conscience avec laquelle leur auteurs se posent en témoins impartiaux et détachés du devenir cosmique, même s’ils admettent par ailleurs, expressément ou tacitement, que l’es­ prit humain lui-même n ’est qu’un produit de ce devenir.

8 Considérons une fois encore l’ABC de la théorie einstei­ nienne : l’espace et le temps, affirme-t-elle, ne se mesurent 8 Ces lignes étaient déjà écrites lorsque parut un article du savant espagno Julio Palacios {El hundimiento de una teoria, in ABC, Madrid, novembre 1962), où nous avons appris que, selon la revue de société américaine d’optique, Wallace Kantor, de la Western University of California, a prouvé d’une manière irréfuta­ ble, à la suite de plusieurs expériences, que la vitesse de la lumière n’était pas constante au sens einsteinien, mais qu’elle diminuait ou augmentait selon le mou­ vement de la source de lumière.

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