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The magical number 7?

“what about the magical number seven? What about the seven wonders of the world, the seven seas, the seven deadly sins, the seven daughters of Atlas in the Pleiades, the seven ages of man, the seven levels of hell, the seven primary colors, the seven notes of the musical scale, and the seven days of the week? What about the seven-point rating scale, the seven categories for absolute judgment, the seven objects in the span of attention, and the seven digits in the span of immediate memory? For the present I propose to withhold judgment. Perhaps there is something deep and profound behind all these sevens, something just calling out for us to discover it. But I suspect that it is only a pernicious, Pythagorean coincidence.”

This is the summary paragraph of the following article on the pervasiveness of the number 7 in our culture and history:

http://www.well.com/user/smalin/miller.html

The article is kind of long and boring frankly but I wanted to throw out this question for discussion: Is there something magical about the number 7 or any number for that matter? If so, what do you think is the basis for that? If not, why not?

[This question on creativity was cross posted to the Creativity Builders Group at http://www.creativitybuilders.com ]

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