The Fundamental Sequence
An object is a slow sequence. Objects appear as solid stable entities simply due to the speed and the method that is used to perceive them but they are nevertheless sequences. There is nothing that is not a sequence. Furthermore we must accept that everything is deteriorating at a rate commensurate with the material from which it is made. This is a sequence. It is also arriving instantaneously in the present and ageing from second to second. By ageing I mean that the numerically counted age of something indicated by the amount of time it has been perceived in the present. The present acts as a cursor on the ‘now’ point from which we can count. As soon as something is declared as ‘being’, that is made or in some way complete it starts to deconstruct. If it is not going forward it is going backwards. This effect can be seen in time lapse photography but can also be seen in the limited longevity of ice cream. Because we ‘see’ very quickly the brain up dates quickly, and appears not to see forwards and backwards comparisons. Consequently we cannot see changes in things we see all the time without an appropriate interval. I am not sure why this is, but it may be to do with object hypotheses and how they are updated. This may appear as a rather ill-constructed argument but it nevertheless contains the substance of ‘object-time’ and links to ‘chrono-space’.
Chrono-space is the division of sequence more commonly called time. The light division of day and night caused by the rotation of the earth is a basic visually perceptible unit of division (two halves). The subsequent divisions are man made for convenience sake. From this point everything is a division of sequence and material objects themselves are actual sequences with a slow rate of change (see above). For example it would be perfectly possible to strap a potato to ones wrist and divide the sequence of the day by the rate of its deterioration (another sequence). However this would entail certain rather impractical considerations, but the concept is sound. Time and space are terms we are familiar with, but we are less familiar with the concepts. It would be better if we thought in terms of space as entity and dimension as object. Space is perceptible by demonstration, I can show distance with a spread of my arms, time is not. How long will it take has to be explained in words and measured with a timing device. It would be unreasonable to demonstrate time by saying starting from now it will be … long.
Now and Then
An object exists from second to second, it is also deteriorating at a rate commensurate with the material from which it is made. And from these two conditions a third state arises called aging and this is a tally of the time that something has been in existence and of its condition. It may show as changes in the object or it may not, depending on the nature of the object. However it does mean that what ever does not succeed to the next second is left behind and such changes will be perceptible. This further means that the object will appear to deteriorate in time but will not necessarily lose definition but subsequently may be redefined. For example a table, an old fashioned table, an old table, an antique table or even an antiquity, whereby the age of the object is seen to be more significant than the object itself.
The present elements
The present consists of three elements: the extant substance of the material world, photographs and memory. All are subject to deterioration; all reintroduce the past into the present and all are subject to the interactive effect of deterioration and reintroduction. Memory in particular is the most vulnerable because it is a biological system and therefore less stable, than for example, a photograph. Writing may also be a fourth element in that it can reintroduce information from the past into the present. It is unfortunately expressed in a coded form that creates problems in that it is a perception of reality and not reality it self.
So, what is a word?
Written words and written music are encrypted forms of sound. However, first one must have an object, occurrence or need which is indicated by a commonly accepted sound, and then it must be encrypted into an unchanging form. The advantage of being able to write the sound is immediate in that it creates a stable non-organic system where recollection is always the same. It is never hidden and therefore does not have to be recalled from memory and is not subject to the obvious vagaries of organic data storage systems. It is nevertheless encoded and this means that the language must be learned.