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TOTD 06 Feb 2002

...everyday language is incredibly rich in its ability to evoke images and intuitive concepts. But to prove theorems it is necessary to constrain this expressive power somewhat, while at the same time not suffocating it entirely. Finding the right formalization is a large component of the art of doing great mathematics.

-John L. Casti, Formally Speaking

Sorcery involves the manipulation of symbols (which are also things) & of people (who are also symbolic) -- the archetypes supply a vocabulary for this process & therefore are treated as if they were both real & unreal, like words.

-Hakim Bey

Thanks to Dave Hall for the John L. Casti quote.

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