Overview Edit

An imitation of a musical fugue: each voice enters with the same statement. The theme - holism versus reductionism - is introduced in a recursive picture composed of words composed of smaller words, etc. The words which appear on the four levels of this strange picture are "HOLISM", "REDUCTIONISM", and "MU". The discussion veers off to a friend of the Anteater's Aunt Hillary, a conscious ant colony. The various levels of her thought processes are the topic of discussion. Many fugal tricks are ensconced in the Dialogue. As a hint to the reader, references are made to parallel tricks occurring in the fugue on the record to which the foursome is listening. At the end of the Ant Fugue, themes from the Prelude return, transformed considerably.