What’s the deal with this “i heart” thing?

To say i like is not strong enough
To say i love is inappropriate

To heart something is to have an infatuation with it,
to be in awe of it.

i heart implies a desire to know more.




The backwards “e” symbol, ∃, means “existence” in mathematics – “There exists….” Put an exclamation point after, ∃!,  and it means “uniqueness.” Translation: “There exists one and only one …” i.e. there is only one solution. These are important issues when looking for solutions to any problem: does a solution exist? And, are there other possibilities? The lovely point here is that uniqueness presupposes existence! I find it fun to think about uniqueness and all these puzzles, because there is a connection to human agency, which is connected to free will. Are you able to perform your own actions, have your own thoughts? Can you create a gesture that is entirely your own, a unique gesture? Unique means one of a kind and needs no qualification. Something is unique or it is not. Or, you can be playful, like Robert Sapolsky – all species are unique, but the human species is unique-ier.



The Finite deals with things that have a limit, things that can be counted and measured. The Infinite is a mathematical concept for that which never ends or is limitless. Infinity plus infinity equals … infinity … and that is awesome. Informally, infinity can simply mean Vast, Endless, and Unbounded. Did you know that there are different kinds and different sized infinities? That is super-awesome. Like with both uniqueness and unity, people want to co-opt infinity and claim it as their own – or, rather, define it for a purpose. Why with infinity? Not sure, but I think it has something to do with sussing out the infinite factors that conspire to make you you, or your neighbor your neighbor – and prioritizing them.



Unity is the number one (1) in mathematics. There is much discussion given to the unity of mathematics and the unity of physics and the unity of groups and the unity of ideas and the unity of minds and the unity among peoples.  Unity is the state of being one, joined and whole – a grand concept. Who wants to be separated, fractured and lost? Well … i guess … you can make a case for either, depending on the context. Nevertheless, unity is created among us … on small and grand scales – along many lines of reason, with various, changing outcomes.

Unique, Infinite, Unity – I heart these concepts

– precise meanings in math; informal usage abound; claims made constantly.

I have a respect

the complexities of claiming
and the messiness of pinning down


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