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    Universal negative

    Hi,

    Could anybody enlighten me on the meaning of the phrase "universal negative"?

    "Now I know that the walls of sense that seemed so impenetrable, that seemed to loom up above the heavens and to be founded below the depths, and to shut us in for evermore, are no such everlasting impassable barriers as we fancied, but thinnest and most airy veils that melt away before the seeker, and dissolve as the early mist of the morning about the brooks. I know that you never adopted the extreme materialistic position; you did not go about trying to prove a universal negative, for your logical sense withheld you from that crowning absurdity; but I am sure that you will find all that I am saying strange and repellent to your habits of thought."

    The Novel Of The White Powder, Arthur Machen, 1895

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    Re: Universal negative

    A "universal negative" is something which is either true (in a negative sense) or is untrue across the whole known world.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Universal negative

    It could mean something that is universally viewed in a negative way IMO. Murder is generally seen as negative, but most people can conceive of circumstances where killing would be OK.

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