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Old 07-28-2008   #1
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An Infinite Expanse Of Depth And Distance

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“ The slot was a window, perhaps more of a crack in some dream-wall or a slit in the billowing membrane that protects one world against the intrusion of another. Beyond was something of a landscape - for lack of a more suitable term - which I viewed through a narrow rectangular frame. But this landscape had no earth and sky that hinged together in a neat line at the horizon, no floating or shining objects above to echo and balance their earthbound countershapes below. This landscape was an infinite expanse of depth and distance, a never-ending morass deprived of all coherence, a state of strange existence rather than a chartable locus, having no more geographical extension than a mirage or a rainbow. There was definitely something before my vision, elements that could be distinguished from one another but impossible to fix in any kind of relationship. I experienced a prolonged gaze at what is usually just a delirious glimpse, the way one might suddenly perceive some sidelong illusion which disappears at the turn of the head, leaving no memory of what the mind had deceptively seen. ”
   
  Thomas Ligotti - “The Dreaming in Nortown”
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Re: An Infinite Expanse Of Depth And Distance

Reminds me of a kind of inversion of Borges' "The Aleph": Instead of a clear cross-section of the infinite, a blurring of its crucial elements into a seamless whole of distance without depth and depth without distance.

In a similar vein, it is worth noting that, when moving at a certain speed, the eye does not directly process visual information. One wonders if this is what one sees...

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Re: An Infinite Expanse Of Depth And Distance

An interesting proposition. I'd never previously considered the similarity of name between Cantor's transfinite sets and Borges' transfinite nexus, but now it seems perfectly clear and strangely obvious. Thank you for that!

But to continue with the non-denumerable: This is perhaps the essential difference between what constitutes perception and being, in that one may perceive the incalculable only so much as the parameters of the organs and conduits of perception may allow, whereas to be something is to not negate the infinitesimal that lies within the gaps of the selected set.

(I hope that that statement makes at least some sense.)

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