``These ambiguities, redundances, and deficiencies recall those attributed by Dr. Franz Kuhn to a certain Chinese encyclopedia called the Heavenly Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge. In its distant pages it is written that animals are divided into
    (a) those that belong to the emperor;
    (b) embalmed ones;
    (c) those that are trained;
    (d) suckling pigs;
    (e) mermaids;
    (f) fabulous ones;
    (g) stray dogs;
    (h) those that are included in this classification;
    (i) those that tremble as if they were mad;
    (j) innumerable ones;
    (k) those drawn with a very fine camel's hair brush;
    (l) etcetera;
    (m) those that have just broken the flower vase;
    (n) those that from a long way off look like flies.''
---Borges, John Wilkins' Analytical Language

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