an interesting comment about the dominance of binary

(from Naomi Mitchison’s Memoirs of a Spacewoman)

She writes, regarding a creature with a radial form, “something like a five-armed starfish” … “But the radial pattern which had developed out of the budding spiral had remained throughout evolution and completely dominated all mental and psychic processes” (p11)

Is that why we’re so obsessed with binary? right/left, right/wrong, on/off, male/female, in/out …

“If alternative means, not one of two, but one, two, three or four out of five, then action is complicated and slowed to the kind of tempo and complexity which is appropriate to an organism with many hundreds …” (p18)


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