I have read a good deal more about information theory and psychology than I can or care to remember. Much of it was a mere association of new terms with old and vague ideas. Presumably the hope was that a stirring in of new terms would clarify the old ideas by a sort of sympathetic magic.
From: John R. Piece’s 1961 An introduction to information theory: symbols, signals and noise. Plus ça change.
Pierce’s book is really quite wonderful and contains lots of chatty asides and examples, such as:
Gottlob Burmann, a German poet who lived from 1737 to 1805, wrote 130 poems, including a total of 20,000 words, without once using the letter R. Further, during the last seventeen years of his life, Burmann even omitted the letter from his daily conversation.
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If he really wanted to accomplish something important, why didn’t he omit the letter “e”?
Apparently Gottlob never gave anyone his full name in his last 17 years then.
ain’t none stranger than folk