Language Constructs

@ K. 2001 04 13

So many “things” and their attributes prove to be nothing but artifacts of language. “To Infinity,” for example.

1, 2, 3 … and so on to infinity. We may think of infinity as a number, but if so, it is not a number as 1 or 2 or 3 are numbers. e and pi are numbers. They too are not like 1 or 2. Neither are they like infinity.

You can go to high school. You can go to Macy’s, to the kitchen … But even a number series doesn’t “go to infinity” as though infinity where a place. A place can be arrived at; infinity can’t.

Oh, we all know that. But do we? Not while we’re under the thrall of a natural language.

Language is like kleptocracy. It can’t imagine not being in charge.

This subject is of the greatest importance to Macroinformation. (With my domain of that name down (censored, a domino fallen under my see my blog of that name.)

About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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