Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Special (Form Is Inevitable, Part 8)

Nothing can
Nothing can be
Nothing can be said
Nothing can be said to
Nothing can be said to exist
Nothing can be said to exist and
Nothing can be said to exist and simultaneously
Nothing can be said to exist and simultaneously denied
Nothing can be said to exist and simultaneously denied structure.


(Nothing that can be said to exist can be denied structure)


That got discussed alot earlier, in parts 1-7 of this essay. In addition, earlier, ideas where spoken of in terms of a special category. They were given a special designation because, although they interact with, act on, and motivate material forms they themselves are immaterial.

"If something is immaterial can it be said to exist?"

Of course, it can. Try it.

"If an immaterial thing is said to exist what constitutes its structure?"

An immaterial form is constituted of immaterial structures. This is why ideas may often transcend the physical laws of material forms. Ideas need not obey the law of gravity or the arrow of time and so we can fly in our dreams and revisit our childhood memories in reverie.

Yet if ideas are to interact with material forms in the ways summarized here and discussed at length earlier, how can they do this? There must be an intermediary that shares something of both the material and immaterial world of forms and structures, similar to the way a sign in a grammar shares something with the signified in terms of use, or metaphor. In fact this particular intermediary must share as much as possible with the world of material form while behaving with the freedom of immaterial form, as an idea.

The intermediary, of course, is language. Though immaterial and malleable (as doubtless evidenced in many places here) it is itself a system of signs functioning in terms of a grammar, the structure of which approaches laws and rules more commonly found in the material world than the material. As such, language may be used to transmit images from mind to mind regarding material or immaterial forms through a material medium of many levels (levels of linguistic structure, levels of physical material such as paper or air pressure) while remaining in itself an immaterial form which nonetheless clearly possesses structure.

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