(Just went on the web to look for an image for this section and, as well aas the cartoon above from Kris Straub, and found these links
Perhaps I’m not entirely alone when I say, I love number palindromes. (I’m off to explore the ‘recursive palindrome’ when I post this! )
0202 2020 is a sequence/pattern of numbers that conveys a lot to me. First and foremost there’s a sense of beauty in the symmetry. I see symmetry? Do you. The way I look at them if you ‘fold’ the numbers back on each other from the gap between them, you get the same thing, like in a mirror. Does that make any sense to you?
(But of course if you look at them another way they’re not palindromes it depends how you ‘fold’ them) I like the idea of folding numbers. So much better than ‘counting’ them. I also respond to the ‘progression’ sense of patterns. An example:
As regards the publishing of Brand Loyalty and All Moments are One Moment. I see a thematic progression from Dystopia to Utopia. I find this reflected in the ‘numbers’ or ‘dates’
2010 2010 to 0202 2020
Obviously 2010 2010 and 2020 2020 would be even better but since we don’t have 20 months in a year it’s impossible.
However bringing clock time into the dates and you get
2020 0202 2020
Which could be rendered backwards as
2010 0101 2010
Creating a whole new ‘significant’ date for Brand Loyalty
20:20 (24 hour clock)
02.02 (2nd Feb)
20:10 (24 hour clock)
01:01 (1st Jan)
Except the ‘moment’ of Brand Loyalty was actually
2010 (October 20th) thus
01.01 has to be the time (01.01am)
2010 (year stays constant)
Though also with Brand Loyalty
1010 2010 was a ‘sequence’ and perhaps this sequence speaks more closely as an analogy to All Moments 0202 2020
Am I the only one who sees a profound beauty in those sequences?
Interestingly, in Chinese there are four character ‘set phrases’ used on paintings which usually have a moral or proverbial meaning. Such phrases are often put together in pairs.
(Green mountain not old,
Green water always flows)
I’m not trying to ‘prove’ anything here, just to represent how I ‘see’ things. I suspect I have a neuro diverse ‘number’ brain.
Go to number theory RED and BLUE
I can’t think of 1,0 without bringing into play a whole range of deep meanings AND the whole digital on/off binary stuff.
For me, the excitement of 2020 and these sequences is that it explains (in thought, beyond words) something about relationships between the ‘standard’ binary world/system and quantum.
So it seems to me that at present we’re moving from a world of 0 and 1 to one which uses ‘base’ (in my sense of the word base) 2 rather than base 1. It’s not that 1+1=2 it’s something more about how when you ‘switch’ from 1-0 0-1 something is happening but when you switch from 2-0 and 0-2 you’re doing that in a deeper dimension. And you can ‘play’ with 0-1-2 in a number of interesting combinations which gives yet another perspective on the dimension.
But the practical level of number for me is:
I still can’t multiply or subtract without using my fingers and/or paper. Along with ‘the rods’ we were brought up with Musical Multiplication Tables. I can remember the songs, but the multiplication means NOTHING. (instead of fighting with your brother, learn your sevens it’ll please your mother!) So I learned what I thought of as the backbone of each ‘table’ 2x2, 3x3, 4x4 etc and I count up and down from these using my fingers when required to multiply.
When it comes to addition or subtraction, I work in approximations that are based on visual ‘size’ calculations(relating to ‘tens’ in my head rather than anything to do with using the numbers as they are supposed to be used. (A sort of primitive pie chart?)
I don’t trust calculators. I always have to check them about 3 times and only when I come up with the number consistently do I accept it as ‘true.’ Even then, I find it upsetting (and unbelievable) the way multiplied numbers can mean the same either way round 3x4 = 4x3 and yet division numbers are not the same 2(oh, interesting I’ve just discovered there’s not a dividing sign on the keyboard!!!) 2/6 isn’t the same as 6/2 (I can’t be bothered to go hunting the divide‘symbol’).
I wonder now, whether I have developed my own grammar (or even, watch out Wittgenstein, private language) of numbers.
Go to number theory GREEN or RED
I was taught to count using coloured rods. Like these.
Perhaps that accounts for my particular perception of them. The analogous relationships of colours and shapes are more important to me than the bald 2+2=4 ‘counting’ feature.
I don’t think about numbers that much, but when I do (more deeply than simply ‘using’ them to get by, I mean) I relate them to by colour and a kind of anthropomorphism.
(I’m not alone - Two fat ladies? Legs eleven? For the record I HATE Bingo, I’m just using it as an analogy. Having to ‘scope out’ numbers is like a kind of torture to me. Keep me well clear from Sudoko please.)
There are other childhood influences of colour/number. For example: BEST.DICE.EVER. The dice from Mousey Mousey, (which as the box tells you is a ‘riot of laughter and excitement, and believe me, it is)doesn’t have numbers, but colours. If only every dice were this sensible!
There are other childhood influences of colour/number. For example: BEST.DICE.EVER. The dice from Mousey Mousey, (which as the box tells you is a ‘riot of laughter and excitement', and believe me, it is especially if you're under five) doesn’t have numbers, but colours. If only every dice were this sensible!
I haven’t thought in a while about what colour I’d attribute to what number, (I suppress these thoughts along with my thoughts about the colour of days) but when I see numbers I can also associate them with a sort of movement or ‘shape’. For example, 8 means balance. That’s the one I’m most sure of. Though I have described it in the past as like a complacent bank manager.
That was 25 years ago and I still see what I meant but interestingly (for me) I don’t see it like that any more. 25 years ago I was invited to ‘dance’ numbers. I was doing devised work on a play based around the Fibonacci sequence but my view of number was obviously too weird as the ‘artistic team’ showed me the door pretty quickly.
They asked me to dance the numbers. I danced the numbers. And yet, somehow, still I didn’t see the ‘Golden Ratio’ the ‘right’ way for them.
That was the first and only time (till now) that I’ve exposed myself to talk about my view on numbers. It’s hard to explain. The spectre of ‘A Beautiful Mind’ (the movie) haunts me. But we are much more ‘diverse aware’ these days, right? Even if not, I don’t really care any more whether the way I see the world is weird. An appreciation of Qi[M] will do that to you! Freedom.
So, today, the best descriptions I can give as a response to looking at numbers typed on a screen - the ones that come out first without ‘trying’ are:
2 is complex - moving forward from the back in a spiral, 3 seems incomplete and yearning, (like it’s on the wrong axis by 45 degrees?) 4 is steady,firm and controlled, 5 is fast and a bit untrustworthy, 6 is boring and self absorbed, 7 is simple and free.9 is like a person who has maybe got over themselves - see 6. Which leaves us with 1 and 0.
Go to number theory parts BLUE and GREEN
Find out more about the theory, process and meanings - an exercise in creating a brain in a virtual vat.