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Allow me to recall that the apparent contradictions of the Eleventh Volume are the essential basis for the proof that the other volumes exist. The current popular magazines – such as National Geographic, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Scientific News, and many others — with an indefensible overabundance — have spread news of the zoology and topography of The First Earth. One such magazine even had a fold-out three-dimensional map that was the actual size of The First Earth. I believe the size, opaqueness and ramparts of The First Earth no longer merit the continued attention of these periodicals; possibly so, perhaps not.

Hemingway, Crimmins and myself decided what The First Earth’s concept of the universe was rather unique; allow me to state some of the reasons for our line of thought.

Nietzsche noted for all time that Kant’s arguments did not deserve refutation, nor did they offer much of any argument. This aphorism is entirely correct in its application to the current earth, but entirely false in The First Earth.

The nations of this previous planet were congenitally idealist. Their language and the derivations of their language – theology, notes of Marquis, nanophysics – were all imagined idealism. The world for them was not a series of objects in space; it was a heterogeneous effervescence of concurrent acts. It is singular and yet spatial.

Image credit GALEX _ NASA _ JPL_Caltech

There were no nouns in The First Earth’s conjectural Mlãnhablar, from which no contemporary languages and dialects are derived. There were numerical factorials/!,; a series modified by limits with suffixes (or prefixes) of a numerical sequence. For example: there was no word corresponding to the word “ocean,”, but there was a verb which in English would be “to 6!” or “to an = a1 + (n – 1)d..” Example; “(ai)n where i=1 ”  and “an = an–1 + an–2 for n ≥ 3”, or literally: “upward behind the infinite eddy it oceanated.”

The above applies to the vernaculars of the western hemisphere. In those of the eastern hemisphere (on whose Mlãnkorero there is very little data in the Eleventh Volume) the prime unit was not the noun, but the polynomial. The polynomialism function is formed by an accumulation of constants, variables and – above all – powers (Foucault recorded the genealogy of exponential powers[1]). The people of the eastern hemisphere do not say “moon,” but rather “ 512v5 + 99w5 ” or “ x4 − 2x2 + x ” or any other such combination. In the example just described, the variables reference a real object, but the constants reference subjectivity.

This was purely fortuitous.

The nonfiction of the northern hemisphere (like the non-contingent existence in space and time in the world of Meinong[2]) abounded in ideal yet invisible objects, which were invoked and rejected in a nanosecond, according to political needs. At times they were determined by mere simultaneity. There were objects composed of two terms, one of tactile character and another of extrasensory perception; a few examples are necessary. The first was Marinettism[3]; tactilism. The feel of the snow tickling the nose. The second was extrasensory; the imagined call of the pileated woodpecker.  There were objects of many terms; the sun and the water reflecting in a person’s eyes, the ambiguous fervor of The Dark Abyss that they saw with their eyes closed (this has been imbedded in yet another ideal), the sensation of being haunted by dreams and, of course, by echoes. These objects which could only be felt — but never experienced — could be combined with others.

The use of certain acronyms and the process of defining new nouns (with suffixed verbs) was infinite. There are famous poems made up of one enormous polynomial. This mathematical function forms a poetic object created by the author. The fact that not a single inhabitant of the First Earth believed in the reality of number series paradoxically causes their number to be unending.

[1] Paul-Michel Foucault (15 October 1926 – 25 June 1984), generally known as Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, social theorist, and literary critic. Foucault’s theories primarily address the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they are used as a form of social control through societal institutions. [from Wikipedia]

[2] Alexius Meinong Ritter von Handschuchsheim (17 July 1853 – 27 November 1920) was an Austrian philosopher, a realist known for his unique ontology. He also made contributions to philosophy of mind and theory of value. [from Wikipedia]

[3] Filippo Tommaso Emilio Marinetti (22 December 1876 – 2 December 1944), From; ‘The Manifesto of Tactilism’, Milan, 1921  “Tactilism is especially the province of young poets, pianists, writers and all fine and strong erotic temperaments. Tactilism must avoid cooperation, not only with creative art, but also with unhealthy eroticism. Its aim should be only a tactile harmony. In addition, tactilism will serve the perfectibility of spiritual contact between humans via the skin. The classification of five senses is not by any means decisive and one day it will be possible to discover and classify many other senses. Tactilism will assist such discoveries.”