This is connected to the need to attach symbols or words to things or collections of things in order to express ideas concerning them. The concept of attaching a 'name' or 'label' to something is inseparably tied up with the notion of the 'self' and of the individual unit: If a collection of things cannot be identified or 'named' ('individualised') as a collective group, it is hard to engage in further discourse about them. It is this idea of the 'group' which is essential to the idea of 'style': one way we make sense of the world is to catalog and group like-things together.

New Book: Principles of Nature: towards a new visual language, published by the author in 2003, ISBN 0975-090356, soon to be supplemented with a dedicated website to this new theory that relates the arts and sciences.

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