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[1]Noun: One who has ascended to a higher toposophic level.

[2]Verb: The act of ascension,

One who ascends, or the act of ascension, from a lower to a higher toposophic, while still retaining one's earlier characteristics - e.g. man is an ascended animal - e has all the animal instincts but e also possesses ratiocination. Contrast with Transcension, where the transcended entity becomes almost completely unrecognisable compared to eir former state.
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Steve Bowers
Initially published on 07 October 2001.