May 17, 2003

In topology, a simply connected shape is one in which a loop drawn on any part of the shape can be contracted to a point without leaving the shape or borrowing from higher dimensions. A circle/sphere is a simply connected shape. A torus is not.

The tines of a fork look separate and isolated in two-dimensional cross-section: spun through that dimension, they become either a series of distinct and isolated circles (around a single central focus) or a multi-connected shape (double focus): but no amount of topological distortion will make it into something it is not while remaining within the familiar constraints.

The attempt to render postmodernism a (fallen) function of fundamentalism, or fundamentalism a (symbolic) function of postmodernist theory, is an attempt to force a multi-connected concept into a simply connected one without stepping outside the familiar dimension.

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