To have a comparison, something is being compared to something else.
The system of grammar is a carrier of meaning even regardless of words chosen.
I have a bias. I read through Michael Halliday’s “Introduction to Functional Grammar” on a whim one night, cover to cover. Took me about 7 hours, 3 at night, 4 when I got up (it was a weekend).
I was fascinated at all of the functional work done by grammar itself at negotiating meaning, long before words and definitions enter the page. Grammar functions at a deeper level than semantics, which is a layer on top of grammar.
So, that’s the bias I’m speaking from.
“the presentation is the comparison and they are both qualitatively instantaneous.”
I understand the parallel form.
This makes it a triangle.
Both received instantaneously (actually, for the visual system, red arrives before blue but that’s nitpicking as you’re talking theory).
So, two inputs go into one input system simultaneously.
Impression is simultaneous.
Now what? You can accept the contrast as it stands but with that, can you extract any further meaning than category?
In short, I don’t understand how this would be a comparison without time to process.
Even to extract an instantaneous impression of “Two categories” , the fastest comparison that could be done of “Not each other” STILL means a calculation over time.
first, the impression is received, filtered and accepted as true.
When does the comparison take place where each part is regarded separately, superimposed upon one another and found not to match?