I'm intrigued by the notion of object-reality as opposed to--what?--linguistic reality? But I'm a little uncomfortable with the division. It occurred to me yesterday, thinking about the word this, that the pair this / that operate to define (create?) space. (I noticed this first in learning the equivalent words in Vietnamese.) When I say this, I indicate some object within the range of my grasp; when I say that, I indicate something beyond the range of my grasp: the combination brings distance into existence(?) or perhaps consciousness. (G. Spencer Brown's calculus comes to mind just now.)


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