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Februar 2019

isomorphic

Every word which we use has a meaning to us, which guides us in our use of it. The more common the word, the more associations we have with it, and the more deeply rooted is its meaning. Therefore, when someone gives a definition for a common word in the hopes that we will abide by that definition, it is a foregone conclusion that we will not do so but will instead be guided, largely unconsciously, by what our minds find in their associative stores.

D.R. Hofstadter, "Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid", NY, 1979, S.97-98