VOID ( VOID ( VOID ( POINT ) ) )
VOID ( VOID ( VOID ( LINE ) ) )
The virtual dimensionless point is transformed into one that is now visualised as being real and following the momentum of this logic, more are on their way. The infinitude of nothingness has become a location. A visualisation of the conceptual terrain between co-ordinates 000 and 001 has become a line or vector, reduced to a span of infinitessimal length.
So which is the less substantial, a dimensionless point or the thought of a dimensionless point?
St John, the Gospel according to:
Imagine a dimensionless point. Such a point, by definition, would be devoid of the dimensions of time and space.
In the beginning was the Word
Doesn’t such a point straddle the conceptual divide seperating physical from mental realms of reality?
and the Word was with God
Would this dimensionless point exist if we took the idea of its existance seriously?
and the Word was God
What would then be the distinction between a dimensionless point conceived in thought alone from one actually posited in physical reality?
the same was in the beginning with God
The distinction is of course in the mind’s eye of the person doing the conceiving, with object, action and subject conflated into one undifferentiated whole. Hence the need to begin with the three dimensions of space before summoning the fourth dimension of time or duration, and in so doing, neatly side-stepping the problem of who or what created the divine utterance that in the uttering gave rise to the utterer of this utterance?
For although in a sense and for light-minded people non-existant things can be more easily, and irresponsibly represented in words than existing things, for the serious and conscientious historian it is just the reverse. Nothing is harder yet nothing is more necessary, than to speak of certain things whose existance is neither demonstrable nor probable. The very fact that serious and conscientious men treat them as existing things brings them a step closer to existance and to the possibility of being born.
Herman Hesse, Albertus Secondus from ‘The Glass-Bead Game’