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Three-ness: Do Things Manifest in Threes?



Three strikes, three primary colors, three goals for a hat trick, three meals a day, the Holy Trinity– do things in our lives really manifest in threes, or are these observations just ways for our brains to simplify and group complex information? On the Liveline with Ed and Jen is Michael Eck, creator of the Book of Threes. (6/30)

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Three interviews with Michael S. Eck regarding celebrity deaths in threes

Michael S Eck

Michael S Eck

As author, administrator and . . . I forget the third, of The Book of Threes at, I recently did three, that’s right . . ., three interviews on celebrity deaths in threes. Mostly people are interested in why deaths occur in threes.

After these interviews I came to the conclusion that putting deaths into a threeness is the way we master our own mortality. We reflect on these deaths and create a memory by clustering concepts into threes. It gives us a chance to complete our relationship with our celebrities and move on.

Fundamentally we use threes to simplify, complete, and create memory. For more on this, see this self timed Web Presentation on concepts in threes. Run the slideshow.

 So here’s what happened beginning June 29, 2009:

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For Celebs, Is Death a True ‘Triple’ Threat?

For Celebs, Is Death a True 'Triple' Threat?

By David Montgomery
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Not since the deaths of the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly on Feb. 3., 1959, did the Celebrity Death Rule of Three seem to happen so swiftly.

Television legend Ed McMahon died on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. (AP)

Actress Farrah Fawcett died on Thursday, June 25, 2009. (AP)

The "King of Pop" Michael Jackson also died on Thursday, June 25, 2009. (AP)

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Features Section

ImageThis section includes three videos and three songs of Three is the Magic Number. This includes songs and videos by School House Rock, Blind Melon and De La Soul. We also include a featured article by the late Professor Alan Dundees on the number three in American culture. This section concludes with an interview with Zip FM, Tokyo, Japan by Michael S Eck, author of The Book of Threes.

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Welcome to – A Generalist’s Playground

Image For about 30 years, Michael Eck has been thinking about threes. Things that come in threes. Now he combines that esoteric interest with his attachment to the Internet by creating what he hopes will be the book with the most authors ever (a lot more than three, anyway).

Image He suggests that in our minds we break concepts into three parts to understand whatever it is we are thinking about. We use threes to define systems. We use the third or middle point with regard to the extremes to define a point of view. Yadda yadda yadda.

Image The concept is simple. Just think of something that comes in threes, then go to this site and contribute it. For example: the colors on the American flag; Caesar’s most famous words, “Veni, vidi, vici” (“I came, I saw, I conquered”); the number of legs on each side of an insect.

There are three ways to enter your thoughts into the Book of Threes. 1). You can join and request author rights by contacting us. 2). If you want to remain anonymous, log in with username: anonymous, and password: guest. 3). You can send us your ideas using Contact Us and we will enter the information for you.

Now it’s your turn . . .

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