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Questions of the MindIn The Eternal Adam Jules Verne demonstrates Hegels evolution of the mind and the goes on to answer the question of what happens once mind has fully evolved Throughout the novel the cycle of the development peak regression and rebuilding of human mind and society are explored in at least three different turns The society of Atlantis is briefly touched on then that of the modern day reader followed by a futuristic society Throughout these cycles mind and progress are shown in a rise and fall The reading of The Eternal Adam leaves the reader many questions about mind its ability to evolve the result of the evolution of mind and the causes of regression Hegel and Verne both help to address and answer these questionsOne of the first questions that arises in a comparison between Verne and Hegel is Can mind fully evolve Hegel claims that throughout history the only real progress is that of the mind and from it all other signs of progress form 68 In Hars-Iten-Schu Sofr seems to believe that the evolution of the mind has been fully achieved In this society the main character believes that Humanity lived not only by its limbs but by its mind instead of exhausting itself in senseless wars it had though--and that was why in the course of the last two centuries it had advanced ever more rapidly towards knowledge and the taming of material nature Verne 214 Hegels view is that the mind can only become fully evolved when it understands the nature of reality 93 The second question that arises in a comparison of Hegel and Verne is What happens after the mind has fully evolved Hegel briefly touches on the complete evolution of the mind saying that at the point in time when mind stops searching is when it has found absolute knowledge 92 however what happens after this he does not tell us Hegel himself
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