Monday, August 29, 2005
Pigeons and personalities
"You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile."
(Chuck Palahniuk, "Fight Club").
The Dirichlet principle (also known as the pigeonhole principle) states that
If n>m pigeons are put into m pigeonholes, there's at least one hole with more than one pigeon.
The same happens with personalities; there are 6,446,131,400 (CIA july 2005 estimation) people in the world, and there aren't that many personalities. Hence, as unique as we might think we are, we are not.