Is means is.

    Is does not mean is-not.

    When you use the word IS,

    Joey IS a Dog,

    you are asserting that it is false that

    Joey IS NOT a Dog.

    *ANY* use of IS implies the opposite use of IS-NOT and visa versa.

    IS and IS-NOT are mutually exclusive.

    Thus we have the Ayn Randing laws of Logic.

    A  is  A              If A is true, then A is true.
    A  is-not  not A      If A is true, then not A is false
    Either A or not A     Either A is true or A is false
    Not both A and not A  Never the case that A is true and A is false.

    These are all ways to same the same thing, that once something IS, it
ain't IS NOT and visa versa.  This is the exclusive sense of the words IS
and IS-NOT, they exclude each other.  Once A IS, A ain't IS-NOT.

    There is nothing arbitrary about this, it is an *OBSERVED DESCRIPTION*
of the quality of IS, as observed from objects that ARE.  Go find an
object that IS, and notice how it isn't IS NOT.

    To say

    A is not A
    Neither A nor not A
    Both A and not A

    is to say nothing.

    Perhaps it *IS* true of the void, but it is not true of anything that
can be objectified and described with qualities.

    To objectify means to separate out from the AllThatIs, give it
a name, and assign it observed qualities.

    All objects have an Object Quality Set (OQS) which lists its

    A Nothing is an object with the empty quality set.  Notice there can
be only one nothing.  If two objects were different, they couldn't both
have empty quality sets.

    A Something is an object with a non empty quality set.

    If object A and object B differ, then one or both are not nothings.

    If object A changes and object B doesn't, then A is not B.

    The above is a consistent word matrix to talk about the objects
in the world.


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