Thursday, December 9, 2010

Much Ado About Nothing: Chapter 5: Part 2

The Trace

"Differance is what makes the movement of signification possible only if each element that is said to be "present" appearing on the stage of presence, is related to something other than itself but retains the mark of a past element and already lets itself be hollowed out by the mark of its relation to a future element."

When a new word is formed, it is given a value, and immediately it instantiates in a holistic sense the division between itself and all other things. A word like "foltung" which means only itself, or perhaps jabberwocky which refers to itself, ends up meaning the value of its relation to the other words in a sentence.

"Oh man, I've got the worst case of foltung."
"You foltung peasant, give me back my cheese!"
"I'm going foltung with the wife and kids."

When the word is meaningless, as we discussed in chapter one, it refers to its signifying act, and this is where we differ from Derrida, we can still get away with assigning values, we don't need to Deconstruct everything all the time. We deconstruct, we reconstruct, we construct, we un-construct. We do what we please, because this is a game, and its fun to assign values to meaning, otherwise I'd be doing something else.

Next he goes on to say "an interval must separate it from something else". The interval in calculus is the shadow cast on each axis or the range value of all x and all y. By this "token" we are given a notion that time can become spatialized, and space can become temporalized which relates to our thesis on dimensions which stipulates that you can rob an object of its extension in space, so long as you give it another extension in time. Otherwise you are transmuting the object, you are burning it, and the extra information is given off in the form of nothing.

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