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p. 214/6-11 p. 214/15-17

p. 214/23-24 p. 214/25-28

p. 228/18-19 p. 228/37-39 p. 230/24-25 p. 238/n.19

p. 240/n.31 p. 243/16-18 p. 254/14 p. 272/n.1


tion’? [… the mental presence of the real …]: Why mental? This simply means the real as present in experience. [… the base of our assertion that X is not rejected by the real, is the assumption that the real differs in no point from the real as at this moment it is present.]: Why is this an assumption? The real is what is present. [… what we have in our minds is co-extensive with reality.]: If this simply means ‘What is present is … reality’, then it is correct. [What the real does not exclude is not possible, it is actual and necessary. And if we shrink from this assertion, ought we to maintain that X is even possible?]: We do not shrink from it, but we refer to p. 240/2-3. [An infinite series is of course not possible. It is self-contradictory; it could not be real.]: This assumes that it does not accelerate. [Outside mathematics an infinite number is an idea that attempts to solder elements which are absolutely discrepant.]: Yes. [Now take the whole series. That series, before I throw it, is as certain and fixed as though I had thrown it already.]: Is it? [The possible, as the partly grounded, is negative of a limited known reality, in the sense that not all of the possible is there. A fact falls beyond and is actual only in another world.]: Certainly—it is the absent of ‘this’. [… alternative possibilities (r1, r2, r3) are all possible, though they can not all at once simply qualify our limited reality. Thus the possible and the actual may or may not exclude one another.] ‘they can not … reality’ u/l: This seems to be a mistake. [… a vicious identification of the real, as it is, with the real as we find it now mentally present …]: But what is the real ‘as it is’? [I do not indeed know, after my first Book, if at this stage I have any actual reader …]: Yes, you still have me. [… naked positions in space or time …] u/l: There are no such things. [We have, first, the knowledge that everything falls within

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