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  •  It occurred to me the other day that perhaps (3+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel, John Crapper, semiot

    the missing link in the binary brain is akin to the function sign in an equation. Imagine the left side of an equation in which there are two factors and, typically, between them there is a sign (+,-,x, etc) that tells what's to be done. Now imagine that those signs were either missing or replaced by ?

    What would happen? Nothing. Without a specified function, you get nothing. That is exactly, I suspect, what the denizens of the party of no experience.  
    However, though there are no functions, no processing going on, accumulation can occur all on its own. The binary brain can just sort of collect and accumulate information like a big vaccum or sponge. And it can be squeezed out. But, there is no change.
    We started out with adding machines and then other functions were added. Then we went from numbers to letters of the alphabet to process not just quantities, but language and information.
    Maybe binary thinkers are stuck at the adding machine stage, which, btw, was already left behind by the abbacus.
    Maybe a cash register would be a better model.

    Could I make more sense, if I weren't math challenged?

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    by hannah on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:54:27 AM PST

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