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Fourth Dimension: a Reading List

What do we know… of the world and the universe about us? Our means of receiving impressions are absurdly few, and our notions of surrounding objects infinitely narrow. We see things only as we are constructed to see them and can gain no idea of their absolute nature. With five feeble senses we pretend to comprehend the boundlessly complex cosmos. (H.P. Lovecraft, From Beyond, 1920)

I chose weird stories because they suit my inclination best—one of my strongest and most persistent wishes being to achieve, momentarily, the illusion of some strange suspension or violation of the galling limitations of time, space, and natural law which for ever imprison us and frustrate our curiosity about the infinite cosmic space beyond the radius of our sight and analysis.

  1. Scott and Scott, The Love of Ruins, 100. 

  2. The difference is predicated on the possibility of two-dimensional shapes to behave, through purely two-dimensional means, as three-dimensional. Imagining a situation similar to Felisberto’s premise —two shapes moving along a line and crashing into one another— Hinton reflects: “The only way in which they can pass each other is by climbing over the other’s head,” and then concludes: “In this land no such thing as friendship or familiar interocurse between man and man is possible.” Genealogía, which start by refering the way in which a circle along a plane can in fact turn on its axis while remaining two-dimensional, devices another option: shapes can modulate their speed by changing their shape and, more importantly, shapes can fuse and even accomodate other shapes in their midsts. 

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