# [Lucipo] the new math (an exercise by one authorless author or many authorless or authored authors on authorship)

Patrick Herron patrick at proximate.org
Tue Jan 31 14:26:42 EST 2006

```I am writing this.

I am writing this.  My name is Chris Vitiello.

You say my hand is writing this.  My hand is Chris Vitiello.

I have seen my hand writing this.  I have seen my hand with my eyes.  My
eyes may or many not be writing this, with my hand.  Chris Vitiello's
eyes are writing this, with his hand.

I've seen it before.  It's a very good show.   I don't have tickets as
right now I am merely a hand and some eyes.

I am the author.  I am dead by the way.  I am writing posthumously along
with my eyes and hands and Chris Vitiello's hands and eyes, which is to
say that they are one and the same as my eyes and Chris Vitiello's eyes,
or my hand and Chris Vitiello's hand.

It is important to note that I am right handed and I write right
handed.  I am Chris Vitiello and I am right handed with eyes.

However, it does not make sense to say of a man with one hand, a right
hand, that he has a right hand.  There is no left hand by which we may
reflect on the handedness of the single hand.  There is no hand to the
left of the right hand, so the right hand is right of nothing and
therefore not a right hand at all.  If a man has a hand, he has neither
a right hand nor a left hand, but just, 'a hand.'  So if I lose my right
hand, I lose my right hand and my left hand, and yet have one hand
remaining.  Two minus one equals two minus two equals one.

Be reassured I am neither Chris Vitiello's hand nor his eyes. I am
merely the letter 'I' followed by a space and then the letters 'a' and
'm.'  It is important to note that the I is to the left of the space.
Immediately to the right of the space is the letter 'a.'  Then, to the
immediate right of the 'a' is the letter 'm.'  This, incidentally,
spells the phrase 'I am.'   I am assuming of course that my hand writes
these characters in relatively the same size and language.  My hand is
your hand.  I am assumoing our hand can write, has written, and does
write.  When I say the letter 'm', I mean to say it appears in the
following fashion: m.  I might call 'l' -- a letter which appears in the
alphabet before, or rather, to the left of, the letter 'm'--the letter
'm' and so write 'I al' but I hope and expect my hand and yours and our
eyes can follow this as 'I am.'

Writing when dead often leads to confusion.  Some people want to know
who is writing.  I am writing.  I am Chris Vitiello.  Therefore Chris
Vitiello is writing.  I am a hand followed by a pair of eyes.  Therefore
a hand, Chris Vitiello's hand, is writing.  Followed by my eyes.
Followed by Chris Vitiello's eyes.  So Chris Vitiello's hand, which is
neither a left hand nor a right hand but instead merely a hand, is
writing, followed by Chris Vitiello's eyes, eyes which may be
characterized individually as a right eye and a left eye.  And the
writing is proceeding using the following alphabet
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz in a fashion such that our eyes follow the
characters from left to right.  After some time we find there are no
more characters to the right, adn then we look down and left, until we
get to the left side where there are no more chracters to the right, and
then proceed again from left to right.

When I say 'character' I may or may not begin with the letter 'c.'  When
I say 'c' I may sound as if I am referring to a body of water, or to
vision.  Please keep in mind, however, that I am dead, and so am writing
this posthumously.  With my hand and my eyes, both right and left, are
monitoring the progress of letters from left to right, and spaces
therein, until I run out of space to the right and must move back to my
left until I run out of space and begin again.

You may say of a hand and eyes 'this is a body.'  You may say of this
sentence, 'this is a body.'  If I am dead do I have a body?  I am dead
so I may not have a body.  I have a hand and two eyes. I may therefore
have a body.  I may be writing as a dead body.  This writing as a dead
body makes sense.  An author consisting of nothing but a hand and two
eyes may have a hard time remaining alive.  I have read that somewhere
before.

So we have a body, or had a body, which is dead, or rather, Chris
Vitiello had a body which is dead and has only a hand and two eyes,
which makes three things, but the eyes are a pair and so make onlyu one
thing, so that I am not one thing but two things, things that are when
held separately, dead, and not a single body.  Three minus two plus one
equals two minus one equals two minus two, which we already established
above as being one.  One seems to suggest that I am singular, but I have
also established that I am two things, and three things, and also by my
letters and spaces four things, whyich is in turn equal to three things
if you consider a space to be no thing.

It is important to note I am exactly as clear as I am.  I am a body and
several bodies and I am dead and I am writing posthumously and I am
Chris Vitiello and I am a hand and two eyes and I am composed also of
characters.  I am also a chraracter and therefore an author, author of
course being the central character in any body of writing.  For example,
I like examples.  For example, I like examples, "I" of course being one
and the same as you who is Chris Vitiello who is at least an eye and
another eye and a hand and maybe three characters and a space which is
nothing, just to be cleat on that. If you read William Shakespeare you
will find that you must follow the plays of William Shakespeare as a
series of chracters described by a series of characters who may or may
not be dead but all of whom are merely the characters equivalent to
'William Shakespeare' plus any additional letters of the alphabet not
represented by 'William Shakespeare'  Please note that "I" am in there
twice, inside "William."  The first character which is every character
of the plays of William Shakespeare are to be found at least twice which
is to say that this chracter of whom we speak is at once one and two and

This further suggests that numbers are dead and may or may not be
considered characters written by an author whether living or dead or
writing "William Shakespeare" or writing the plays of William
Shakespeare which in turn may or may not be redundant.

If someone sees my hand or my eyes please send them back to me.  Not
that I need them as I am dead and therefore do not use them.   I am
characters and I am a character and I do use them.  I use them whether
alive or dead, when alive or when dead, when humous or posthumous,
humous of course being equivalent to not being after humous or preceding