The Japanese garden is a very important tool in Japanese architectural design because, not only is a garden traditionally included in any house design, the garden itself also reflects a deeper set of cultural meanings and traditions. Whereas the English garden seeks to make only an aesthetic impression, the Japanese garden is both aesthetic and reflective. The most basic element of any Japanese garden design comes from the realization that every detail has a significant value.
The simplest kind of decision is binary: that is, the question can be answered, in principle at least, by either yes or no.
Clothing, right from our first direct evidence twenty thousand years ago, has been the handiest solution to conveying social messages visually, silently, continuously.
We decipherers cannot afford to be as picky as the linguist, who can always run back to a native speaker for a few more forms.
Unlike modern military codes, ancient texts are almost never purposely misleading, purposely scrambled. … indeed, literacy was so uncommon until classical times that the very writing of a message sufficed to keep it from almost everybody.
So powerful, in fact, is simple string in taming the world to human will and ingenuity that I suspect it to be the unseen weapon that allowed the human race to conquer the earth, that enabled us to move out into every econiche on the globe during the Upper Palaeolithic. We could call it the String Revolution.