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Steve smorrey at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 22:46:20 MDT 2007


Just a brain teaser, but how does 50 + 50 = 52?

On 9/26/07, Steve <smorrey at gmail.com> wrote:
> No but I do enjoy playing devils advocate sometimes.
>
> So to continue the thought experiment...
>
> All numbers are arbitrary symbols we apply to represent quantity.
> Therefore if we discard convention and say instead that 2 is really a
> symbol meaning two and one half units of a given quantity then 2 + 2
> does in fact equal 5.
>
> I mean if we can say that A = 10, B = 11 and etc, one should certainly
> be able to say that 2 = two and one half units.
>
> Oh hello Mr. Wells!  :)
>
> Sorry couldn't resist
>
> On 9/26/07, Levi Pearson <levi at cold.org> wrote:
> > Steve <smorrey at gmail.com> writes:
> > >
> > > Same thing with computing.
> > > How much of computing science is going to become irrelevant should
> > > quantum computing take off?  How many new laws are waiting to be
> > > discovered?
> >
> > I think you just completely missed the part where we actually
> > understand what's computable.  Yes, this even applies to quantum
> > computers.  We have a pretty good idea of what they can do, too, and
> > it's not magic.
> >
> > There are probably new laws to be discovered in computing, and we
> > still haven't proved whether P = NP or not, but when we prove
> > something in computer science, it's proven.  I don't know how I can be
> > any more clear than that.
> >
> > Next you'll be telling me that it's not completely impossible for 2 +
> > 2 to equal 5.
> >
> >                 --Levi
> >
> >
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