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
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