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  • used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time; "So far he hasn''t called"; "the sun isn''t up yet"

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* Existence, as we know it, is full of sorrow. To mention only one minor point every man is a condemned criminal, only he does not know the date of his execution. This is unpleasant for every man. Consequently every man does everything possible to postpone the date, and would sacrifice anything that he has if he could reverse the sentence. Practically all religions and all philosophies have started thus crudely, by promising their adherents some such reward as immortality. No religion has failed hitherto by not promising enough the present breaking up of all religions is due to the fact that people have asked to see the securities. Men have even renounced the important material advantages which a well-organized religion may confer upon a State, rather than acquiesce in fraud or falsehood, or even in any system which, if not proved guilty, is at least unable to demonstrate its innocence. Being more or less bankrupt, the best thing that we can do is to attack the problem afresh without preconceived ideas. Let us begin by doubting every statement. Let us find a way of subjecting every statement to the test of experiment. Is there any truth at all in the claims of various religions Let us examine the question. - Aleister Crowley

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  • New bacterial 'language' discovered: Previously unknown communication pathway
    Bacteria communicate by means of chemical signals and can develop common characteristics through this "agreement" and also develop their potential pathogenic effects in this way. Scientists have now described a hitherto unknown communication pathway that appears to be widely distributed. Read more on this news related to 'Hitherto'
  • Emma Watson To Make Move To Musicals
    Emma Watson will soon be navigating territory hitherto unexplored in her career. Musicals. Like old school Singing in the Rain musicals. Emma Watson has been working hard to shed her Hermione Granger skin, and perhaps this is just the thing … Read more on this news related to 'Hitherto'
  • New docs show DHS was more worried about critical infrastructure flaw in '07 than it let on
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mistakenly released hitherto little-known details on an experiment conducted in 2007 in which researchers destroyed a 27-ton diesel generator via a cyberattack on its control system. Details about the experiment, code-named Aurora, were inadvertently released by DHS in response to a Freedom of Information Act request for i Read more on this news related to 'Hitherto'

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