H/T to Timothy Richardson. This morning my friend Tim sent me the following link as an interesting example of an object:

A team of astronomers has identified a novel new kind of galactic wanderer – lone, Jupiter-sized planets expelled from forming solar systems and drifting in the empty void between the stars.

The researchers, led by Takahiro Sumi of Japan’s Osaka University, spotted 10 such free-floating “orphan planets” in data from a 2006-7 microlensing survey of our galaxy’s centre, which searched for the tell-tale sign of transiting bodies’ gravitational fields distorting light from distant stars.

Team member David Bennett, of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, explained that this first sighting in a small portion of the Milky Way points to enormous numbers of orphans. He said: “Our survey is like a population census. We sampled a portion of the galaxy, and based on these data, can estimate overall numbers in the galaxy.”

In addition to “dark objects”, there could thus be “rogue objects”. Rogue objects would be objects that pass in and out of assemblages, breaking with relations, as well as modifying relations in the assemblages into which they enter. Some famous examples of rogue objects in literature might be Melville’s Bartleby as well as Kafka’s Joseph K. In philosophy we might think of Deleuze’s empty square, anomalous, dark precursor, and quasi-cause, as well as Badiou’s subject.

This would bring the tally of objects to four: dark objects, dim objects (which andreling introduces; love that term!), rogue objects, and what might be called “domestic objects”. Domestic objects would be objects heavily enchained in an assemblage such as a cell in my body dependent on a host of other cells.

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