Can you help me understand this quote ?  "It was the secrets of heaven and earth that i desired to learn; and whether it was the outward substance of things, or the inner spirit of nature and the...

Can you help me understand this quote ? 

"It was the secrets of heaven and earth that i desired to learn; and whether it was the outward substance of things, or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied me, still inquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or in its highest sense, the physical secrets of the world."

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"The secrets of heaven and earth" have to do with the creation of life. It is a secret that science still does not understand. Shelly reveals that this is the quest on which Victor Frankenstein embarks.

"and whether it was the outward substance of things, or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied me" is a reference to the confusion and the debate over whether your concern should be over the physical or the spiritual to discover the truths of life. Is science or scripture right? Are they at odds with each other? Do they work against or with each other?

"still inquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or in its highest sense, the physical secrets of the world." Metaphysics is, according to dictionary.reference.com, is...

philosophy concerned with abstract thought or subjects, as existence, causality, or truth, concerned with first principles and ultimate grounds, as being, time or substance.

The point here is that ultimately the topic of origins and "life" belongs in the realm of Philosophy, not science.

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