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On Universal Attributes {UA}

ON = our neighborhood universe, by projection, on top of, on the
bottom of, our universe.

NON = not our universe; therefore either

N = nowhere if no multiverse or

NON = elsewhere, within one or more universe in a populated

ANON = elsewhere, within a designated but unknown universe in a
populated multiverse, ANON as in "a not our neighborhood

V{ANON,ON} = the set of characteristics of all multiverse
universes including our own, which may be written V{(AN,1)ON}
which neatly simultaneously emphasizes our home base ("1") as
well as V, "all" and note that

V and ANON are slippages which may be restrained by relays
within AN

This is at best a game which depends on the useless
clarification of language: nothing lost, and nothing gained. It
is a sloppy game: N = "not" but also "neighborhood" and A =
"all" but also resonates with the poetics of anonymity which
excludes ON, but recuperates it, to the extent that our universe
- "The Local" - itself is perhaps minimally accessible and
infinitely unaccessible. Rather than continuums (Peirce or
other) we might refer to _percolations_ of accessibilities and
inaccessibilities. In the meantime, there is _no way whatsoever_
to grasp the immensity (ON) and immensities (ANON) at stake,
except by virtue of a poetics of extrapolation and
inaccessibility, as if the granularity of percolation were
fundamentally irreducible. We are swallowed whole by these
considerations, and the languaging, which may appear to possess
sense of one or another form, turns out to be nothing more than
a _cipher_ that is discernible only by name (ANON, etc.), and
not at all, whatsoever, by content or reference. All of this
might be rewritten

^ = {[0-9, A-Z]} =

in some regular expression, the bracketed terms replaceable by
anything whatsoever, and the equivalence or substitution in the
third position, emptied of all content.


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[My thinking is the thought of nothing. [An old post-modern ploy
contributing nothing.
[A digital ploy of insertion and (in)accessibility.
[Ignorant depths.


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