A Passion for Counting

We are as we think we are.

I actually like mathematics although I would never claim to be any good at it, equations seem to me to be fun things but I have never been exactly sure what lies behind them or why they work. That said I do understand that counting is the basis of our entire way of thinking.

We count time, we count countries, we count each other, we use statistics as if they were meaning, we count our own time alive, we count so much that one can almost say if you cannot put a number next to it it doesn’t exist for us and if anything has a magnitude we cannot count we cease to be able to comprehend it.

Surely that is a limitation. There has to be a moment when, without counting, we understand.

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