Chapter

Part Two: Fixing the Infinite

Fixing the Infinite

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EXCERPT

If the code is now decrypted, the problem posed by the Number is far from being resolved. For, in truth, it is hard to see why 707 should be the only incomparable number that—as opposed to every other number—can be no other. Its symbolic nature is far from sufficient to establish its claim to uniqueness and to found its supposed eligibility to be identified with Chance as such.

We cannot escape the suspicion that the Meter is just a derisory counting game—one that cannot even, like the ordinary metric, be justified by the alibi of rhythm: for, qua sum total, 707 does not govern the rhythmic construction of the verbal segments taken individually…