„Unity is plural and, at minimum, is two.“

224.12 http://www.rwgrayprojects.com/synergetics/s02/p2400.html#224.12
1970s, Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking (1975), "Synergy" onwards

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Richard Buckminster Fuller
US-amerikanischer Wissenschaftler, Architekt, Konstrukteur,… 1895 - 1983

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„Any character or proposition either concerns one subject, two subjects, or a plurality of subjects.“

—  Charles Sanders Peirce American philosopher, logician, mathematician, and scientist 1839 - 1914

On The Algebra of Logic (1885)
Kontext: Any character or proposition either concerns one subject, two subjects, or a plurality of subjects. For example, one particle has mass, two particles attract one another, a particle revolves about the line joining two others. A fact concerning two subjects is a dual character or relation; but a relation which is a mere combination of two independent facts concerning the two subjects may be called degenerate, just as two lines are called a degenerate conic. In like manner a plural character or conjoint relation is to be called degenerate if it is a mere compound of dual characters.
A sign is in a conjoint relation to the thing denoted and to the mind. If this triple relation is not of a degenerate species, the sign is related to its object only in consequence of a mental association, and depends upon a habit. Such signs are always abstract and general, because habits are general rules to which the organism has become subjected. They are, for the most part, conventional or arbitrary. They include all general words, the main body of speech, and any mode of conveying a judgment. For the sake of brevity I will call them tokens.

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„The Text is plural. Which is not simply to say that it has several meanings, but that it accomplishes the very plural of meaning: an irreducible (and not merely an acceptable) plural.“

—  Roland Barthes French philosopher, critic and literary theorist 1915 - 1980

Proposition 4
From Work to Text (1971)
Kontext: The Text is plural. Which is not simply to say that it has several meanings, but that it accomplishes the very plural of meaning: an irreducible (and not merely an acceptable) plural. The Text is not a co-existence of meanings but a passage, an overcrossing; thus it answers not to an interpretation, even a liberal one, but to an explosion, a dissemination.

Harry Truman Foto

„The Republicans believe in the minimum wage -- the more the minimum, the better.“

—  Harry Truman American politician, 33rd president of the United States (in office from 1945 to 1953) 1884 - 1972

Harry Truman at Akron (11 October 1948), Good Old Harry
Kontext: The title of this book is Our New National Labor Policy, the Taft-Hartley Act and the Next Steps. Get that: "The Next Steps" … They're going even further! … The Republicans favor a minimum wage — the smaller the minimum the better.
Kontext: Your old friend Congressman Hartley of the Taft Hartley team … has written a book … The title of this book is Our New National Labor Policy, the Taft-Hartley Act and the Next Steps. Get that: "The Next Steps" … They're going even further! … The Republicans favor a minimum wage — the smaller the minimum the better.
Kontext: Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home--but not for housing. They are strong for labor--but they are stronger for restricting labor's rights. They favor minimum wage--the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all--but they won't spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine--for people who can afford them.... They think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. − Harry S. Truman, October 13, 1948, St. Paul, Minnesota, Radio Broadcast.

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„… reality is always plural and mutable.“

—  Robert Anton Wilson American author and polymath 1932 - 2007

Quelle: Cosmic Trigger Volume I: Final Secret of the Illuminati

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„A large plural society cannot be governed without recognizing that, transcending its plural interests, there is a rational order with a superior common law.“

—  Walter Lippmann American journalist 1889 - 1974

Essays in the Public Philosophy http://books.google.com/books?id=dCBruUK-qdcC&q=%22A+large+plural+society+cannot+be+governed+without+recognizing+that+transcending+its+plural+interests+there+is+a+rational+order+with+a%22&pg=PA106#v=onepage (1955)

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„Be plural, like the universe!“

—  Fernando Pessoa Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher 1888 - 1935

Sê plural como o universo!
Páginas Íntimas e de Auto Interpretação (published posthumously, 1966)

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„I, on the other hand, have tried for two decades to build a new socialist order in Germany, with a minimum of interference and without harming our productive capacity.“

—  Adolf Hitler Führer and Reich Chancellor of Germany, Leader of the Nazi Party 1889 - 1945

Hitler's “Barbarossa” Proclamation, (June 22, 1941) http://research.calvin.edu/german-propaganda-archive/hitler4.htm
1940s

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„Two people using Crocker's Rules should be able to communicate all relevant information in the minimum amount of time, without paraphrasing or social formatting.“

—  Eliezer Yudkowsky American blogger, writer, and artificial intelligence researcher 1979

Promoting "Crocker's Rules" at SL4 (c. 2000) http://www.sl4.org/crocker.html
Kontext: Declaring yourself to be operating by "Crocker's Rules" means that other people are allowed to optimize their messages for information, not for being nice to you. Crocker's Rules means that you have accepted full responsibility for the operation of your own mind — if you're offended, it's your fault. Anyone is allowed to call you a moron and claim to be doing you a favor. (Which, in point of fact, they would be. One of the big problems with this culture is that everyone's afraid to tell you you're wrong, or they think they have to dance around it.) Two people using Crocker's Rules should be able to communicate all relevant information in the minimum amount of time, without paraphrasing or social formatting. Obviously, don't declare yourself to be operating by Crocker's Rules unless you have that kind of mental discipline.
Note that Crocker's Rules does not mean you can insult people; it means that other people don't have to worry about whether they are insulting you. Crocker's Rules are a discipline, not a privilege. Furthermore, taking advantage of Crocker's Rules does not imply reciprocity. How could it? Crocker's Rules are something you do for yourself, to maximize information received — not something you grit your teeth over and do as a favor.

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„Man is a plurality. Man's name is legion.“

—  G. I. Gurdjieff influential spiritual teacher, Armenian philosopher, composer and writer 1866 - 1949

In Search of the Miraculous (1949)
Kontext: Man has no individual I. But there are, instead, hundreds and thousands of separate small "I"s, very often entirely unknown to one another, never coming into contact, or, on the contrary, hostile to each other, mutually exclusive and incompatible. Each minute, each moment, man is saying or thinking, "I". And each time his I is different. Just now it was a thought, now it is a desire, now a sensation, now another thought, and so on, endlessly. Man is a plurality. Man's name is legion.

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„Plurality is never to be posited without necessity.“

—  William of Ockham medieval philosopher and theologian 1285 - 1349

Quaestiones et decisiones in quattuor libros Sententiarum Petri Lombardi [Questions and the decisions of the Sentences of Peter Lombard] (1495), i, dist. 27, qu. 2, K; also in The Development of Logic (1962), by William Calvert Kneale, p. 243; similar statements were common among Scholastic philosophers, at least as early as John Duns (Duns Scotus).
Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate.
As cited in "The Myth of Occam's Razor" by William Thorburn, in Mind, Vol. 27 (1918), 345–353.
Original: (la) Numquam ponenda est pluralitas sine necessitate

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„For me, it is a moment of anguish. All my life, my whole adult life, I believed in merger and unity of the two territories.“

—  Lee Kuan Yew First Prime Minister of Singapore 1923 - 2015

August 9, 1965, when Lee announced the separation of Singapore from Malaysia, as quoted in The Theatre and the State in Singapore: Orthodoxy and Resistance, Terence Chong
1960s

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„.. displacement of bodies in [the] atmosphere [where] two persons form but one plastic unity, rhythmically balanced.“

—  Gino Severini Italian painter 1883 - 1966

Quote from Severini's catalog entry for his exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery in London in April 1913, reproduced in Archivi del Futurismo, Volume 1., eds. Maria Drudi Gambillo and Teresa Fiori (Rome: De Luca, 1958-68. 2d 1986), p. 116
Severini explains in short the conception behind his painting 'The Bear Dance at the Moulin Rouge', 1913

„Canada has no cultural unity, no linguistic unity, no religious unity, no economic unity, no geographic unity. All it has is unity.“

—  Kenneth E. Boulding British-American economist 1910 - 1993

Kenneth Boulding cited in: World Union (Organization) (1982) World union. Vol 22. p. 35
1980s

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