REFLEX ACTION AND THEISM, William James

“The real world as it is given objectively at this moment is the sum total of all its beings and events now. But can we think of such a sum? Can we realize for an instant what a cross-section of all existence at a definite point of time would be? While I talk and the flies buzz, a sea-gull catches a fish at the mouth of the Amazon, a tree falls in the Adirondack wilderness, a man sneezes in Germany, a horse dies in Tartary, and twins are born in France”

William James

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/james/
http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/23342/ 

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