MATTER (Lat. materia materialis), that of which all things in the universe are composed, including matter. It is therefore redundant and futile to inquire into the composition of matter itself. Nevertheless, much scientific research today is squandered on the fruitless reductio ad reductum of dividing particles of matter into ever smaller ones.
States of Matter
- Soliduous is called that matter which is fully possessed of both substance and form; including all items, articles, objects, artifacts, entities, assemblages, contrivances, contraptions, conformations, congelations, and rocks.
- Liquidical is that which is impaired of form, yet complete in substance; including all solutions, potations, distillations, secretions, aqueous extractions, juices, tonics, oozings, seepages, drainables, and fluvia, as well as pure water at ambient temperature.
- Gasiferous is that which is destitute of form, yet complete in substance; including all atmospherics, aromatics, miasmata, eructations, pneumatics, emanations, rarefactions, fragrances, airs, vapors, particulates, and fumes.
- Plasticial is that which is fully possessed of form but impaired of substance; including all simulants, luminants, fabricants, phosphorents, synthetics, plasmatics, polymorphs, skeuomorphs, metamorphs, pseudomorphs, insubstantiations, representations, reproductions, retroductions, façades, and apocrypha.
- Virtualitive is that which is possessed of form but devoid of substance; including all abstractions, apparitions, intuitions, illusions, inspirations, ideals, visions, visitations, hallucinations, manifestations, spirits, specters, incorporeities, muses, myths, phantasms, and cybernetics.
Soliduous matter is the most readily apprehended and easily distinguished of all the standard paradigms. Liquidical matter is apprehensible solely in the aggregate, while gasiferous matter confounds all reasonable distinctions; many gasifers are extremely toxic, yet their very presence may not be detected by the senses until long after death.