Like the many who think | speak before—and after—me, I have trouble expressing the inexpressible.

Many writers have taken on the task of describing the ultimate structure of the universe. All it takes is a blank page, and in addition the phrase "ultimate structure of the universe" seems completely understandable.

This work is based on the idea that all philosophical, religious, political understandings of the world, even after discarding the superficial, contradictory, facile and simplistic ones, are illusory. The best "understanding of the universe" is to become aware of this, and the best ways to speak of this is through sentences that are equally susceptible to illusory understandings, but to work through them and get some sense of their limitations.

This kind of understanding cannot be expressed in a sentence, but in an interrelated net of understanding | responses | hesitations | sentences. I will speak of the nets as "nexūs," a nonstandard plural of "nexus." In addition to sounding pleasantly academic, the word has the great virtue of being vague and open to reinterpretation.

In the course of the following chapters, I will circle round the ideas that:

  • We understand words, especially abstract nouns of philosophy, in complicated nexūs of meaning and understanding, in processes that are more aesthetic | poetic | metaphorical than descriptive.
  • We live in situations, which are nexūs of situations and responses situated in the material world, or in many ways, in a virtual world.
  • Our conceptual understandings are also best described as ūs. (This may mirror the neural organization of the brain, but this is not necessary for the elaboration I will attempt here.)

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