Friday, December 28, 2012

Axioms: XVIII. Law of Information Packing


“The Magician’s Companion: A Practical & Encyclopedic Guide to Magical & Religious
Symbolism”

Bill Whitcomb, 1997
Llyewellyn Publications

XVIII. Law of Information Packing


The more information contained in a symbol, the more general (vague) it becomes. The more specific a symbol system is, the more information it excludes.

This is one of those Laws I still struggle to grasp sometimes. Perhaps it has to do with the Law of Labeling... the more you label the more you exclude. So if you use a more specific boiled down symbol it becomes easier to pin it down. What do you think?
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