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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Names and numerology

Names and numerology

Steven Pinker in his book ‘The stuff of Thought ‘devotes one full chapter titled ‘What’s in a name?’ really worth reading.

 “So what's in a name? The answer, we have seen, is, a great deal. In the sense of a morphological product, a name is an intricate structure, elegantly assembled by layers of rules and lawful even at its quirkiest. And in the sense of a listeme, a name is a pure symbol, part of a cast of thousands, rapidly acquired because of a harmony between the mind of the child, the mind of the adult, and the texture of reality.”


Perhaps names were the only thing that tried to escape mathematics but then numerologist ensured that they didn’t.


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