Posted: November 10, 2010 by Wildcat in Uncategorized

Everything we can, we objectify. Everything we can objectify, we can, we shall, we must express as numbers. That’s our way of accessing the world, of making it intelligible to ourselves and others. We give everything a distance, a space, a duration, so we can figure what it takes to get there. Then we can tell others. Numbers are our equivalent of the bee’s waggle dance. Shoe size, age, height, velocity, cost… We measure the world and kit it out in a wardrobe of numbers. Sooner or later everything we know can be expressed on a flat screen as numbers, and all those numbers can be expressed as an arrangement of just two numbers, 1 and 0. Zero, the measure of nothing, the placeholder. One, the measure of anything not nothing. Our universe is complete. One and zero, anything and nothing, on and off, if and then. And there it is, from counting we get … logic. We create our logic not out of the stuff of our mind, but out of our engagement with the physical world, out of our own materiality. Out of our stomachs. (via Mute magazine



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