Monday, October 08, 2012

Eight

Why eight? The corners of a cube? The permutations of the trigram, that ancient binary oracle? The major points of the magnetic rose, encompassing? Or is eightness so revered because of our bilateral pseudo-symmetry?

It is possible to build up any kind of theology — any kind of conspiracy theory, numerology, arcanum — around any number. Or set of numbers, even. Oddly enough, it boils down to empiricism. The numbers we like the most are the numbers we like the most; there may be no other reason behind it but aesthetics.

But eight is a secure frame in a three-dimensional universe. We see it way too often.

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