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Eros and Thanatos, good and evil, night and day, heaven and hell, war and peace, love and hate, mind and body, yin and yang, heaven and hell, sacred and profane, Apollonian and Dionysian, Madonna and whore, and organic vs geometric.

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A dichotomy is a partition of a whole (or a set) into two parts (subsets) that are:

Such a partition is also frequently called a bipartition.


The term dichotomy is from the Greek language διχοτομία dichotomía "dividing in two" from δίχα dícha "in two, asunder" and τομή tomḗ "a cutting, incision".

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