Cain’s “conception, gestation, and birth all occurred within” the year 1945 (his words in quotes).The thing about numerology that makes it so attractive -- to intelligent people especially -- is that all numbers share eerie relationships with each other. The ancient Greeks were completely fascinated with the relationship of one number to another, so much so that one of the most fundamental questions in ancient Greek metaphysics is whether the most important fact is that a thing is, or that it is one. What do you mean to say that a table is one thing? It has four legs (say), and a top in addition; it has both a shape and a color; it has a massive number of molecules; why do we unify all that into a single thing?
1945 was also when Reader’s Digest published a version of Austrian free-market economist Friedrich von Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, one of Cain’s favorite books. (A few other fans of the book: Rick Perry and Glenn Beck.)
Assuming Cain does become the 45th President of these United States, he would be inaugurated in 2013, the same year he will be celebrating his 45th wedding anniversary.
On one of the last legs of a campaign trip Cain once took, he was traveling on Flight 1045 at an altitude of 45,000 feet.
And last but by no means least, it is hard to overlook the fact that Herman Cain’s now-famous 9-9-9 tax slogan, shares a special relationship to the number 45 — just slice it down the middle, add the two numbers together, and, voilà!, you have yourself a nine. (Proof: 4+5=9)
Does that unification have any real weight, or is it just for our convenience? Before you answer, think not of a table but of a person. They also have many parts, but a single consciousness; and though they may lose (and may replace) some parts, once that single conscious nature flees at death, what remains behind is not a man at all. It doesn't make sense to say that they aren't 'really' a person while they are alive; so that unifying force has undeniable power.
Mathematical truths are the canonical example of truths that we can have a priori. It's hard to imagine why you would have occasion to ponder mathematical truths without actually experiencing 'two sheep' or 'a circle,' but in theory you can work out all the details without having to have the actual experience. Certainly it is true that you can work out the systems without direct experience of every aspect of the system -- you can prove what the size of a right triangle will be by understanding
We put so much certainty into these things that they even influence our ideas about what other universes must be like. Is it possible that there could be another universe in which the gravitational constant is different? It doesn't seem unreasonable; but it takes a lot more convincing to get someone to believe in a universe in which 2+2=5.
We have gained a great deal from this fascination with the power of numbers and their relationships, which sometimes produces an insight that proves -- perhaps most mysteriously of all -- to have widespread application in a world in which no object is really precisely geometric at all.