— Armitage (@_100101890) August 16, 2016
Truly, the Geek Apocalypse is come.
The hyper-prime Main Sequence with numerological associations via (the orginal) Roget’s Thesaurus:
(Yes, rigorous method demands extreme skepticism about numerological bonds, even when systematically explicated by a master.)
The utter howling chaos that has been qabbalization of the English language is truly a thing of wonder. It’s not as if sound foundations are especially difficult to establish. The entire phenomenon demands to be considered as a kind of comically lurid camouflage.
Trawling the Net, it’s peculiarly hard to find anything acute on the subject of John Nash’s ‘numerology’ — which was at least as firmly grounded as anything in the hermetic traditions (though still lost). I’ve abandoned the search for anything worth linking, in disgust.
In fact, Nash’s system, which treated words as modulus-26 numbers, and those of the hermeticists (which either slavishly model English Qabbala on Greek and Hebrew alphabetic numerals, or construct highly arbitrary numerizations through incontinently elaborate methods) involve complementary errors. Nash assumes a level of notational efficiency that is appropriate for arithmetical, but not qabbalistic functions, while the hermetics assume a level of esoteric obscurity that is beyond all historical precedent — derived from a profound abuse of tradition. Qabbalistic method is simple, mechanical, and intuitively plausible, however improbable — or even ‘schizophrenic’ — its epistemological object.
English Qabbala is Alphanomics. The rest is ruined Babel-towers of lunacy.
From The Secret Teachings of All Ages, by Manly P. Hall (1928):
The description of the Atlantean civilization given by Plato in the Critias may be summarized as follows. In the first ages the gods divided the earth among themselves, proportioning it according to their respective dignities. Each became the peculiar deity of his own allotment and established therein temples to himself, ordained a priestcraft, and instituted a system of sacrifice. To Poseidon was given the sea and the island continent of Atlantis. In the midst of the island was a mountain which was the dwelling place of three earth-born primitive human beings — Evenor; his wife, Leucipe; and their only daughter, Cleito. The maiden was very beautiful, and after the sudden death of her parents she was wooed by Poseidon, who begat by her five pairs of male children. Poseidon apportioned his continent among these ten, and Atlas, the eldest, he made overlord of the other nine. Poseidon further called the country Atlantis and the surrounding sea the Atlantic in honor of Atlas. Before the birth of his ten sons, Poseidon divided the continent and the coastwise sea into concentric zones of land and water, which were as perfect as though turned upon a lathe. Two zones of land and three of water surrounded the central island, which Poseidon caused to be irrigated with two springs of water–one warm and the other cold.
From Louis Ginzberg’s Haggadah compilation, Legends of the Jews (1909):
On the first day of creation God produced ten things: the heavens and the earth, Tohu and Bohu, light and darkness, wind and water, the duration of the day and the duration of the night.
Meillassoux (here, p.829):
… when you think, you must pass by way of language, and thus you must use a certain number of linguistic units. For example, the declaration ‘I love you’ (in English) has three words, eight letters, five vowels, etc. — it produces a series of implicit numerical counts. But these counts are a matter of pure chance, of a simple dice throw, in regard to the meaning of the phrase. There is no link between the meaning of the phrase ‘I love you’ and the numbers 3, 8, and 5 — no link, that is, apart from a purely chance one. However, what is proper to the poem is precisely to contest this purely chance link between thought and count, by associating the meaning of the verse to the enumeration of the syllables necessary to formulate it. …