Next: Change question into statement. “This can be interpreted in how many ways.” Replace “How many” with a number. “This can be interpreted in 2 ways.” Unsatisfying but it’s possible to give a numerical answer without explanation.

Next: Change question into statement.

“This can be interpreted in how many ways.”

Replace “How many” with a number.

“This can be interpreted in 2 ways.”

Unsatisfying but it’s possible to give a numerical answer without explanation.

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“How many different ways can this be interpreted?”

“This” can be the significant word.

What is “this” referring to? Itself? That’s how I’ve been using it so far.

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It can be interpreted into sign language:
Finger spelling is more of a transliteration though, and not interpreting.

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Now: Going from one language to another and back again can sometimes show preferred interpretations. Nuance can get “lost in translation” but exposes commonalities that native speakers may be unaware of.

For example, going from English to traditional Chinese back to English, exposes “EXPLANATION” as a possible “most likely” interpretation of “interpretation”.

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“Interpreting” is communication, so it’s more than observation :)

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Not sure, although I have a lifelong fascination with “how many ways can something be interpreted?” which for me means, “From how many perspectives can I see this from?”

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blissymbolics held my fascination for some time as I REALLY wanted it to be a universal thing. It forced me to really think about “what do I mean?” as the grammar and concept combining is different from English or any other language.

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Being accurately understood is an even greater feat which is a compliment to both parties. Communication is bidirectional, and 2-way.

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So true! Still, it was a “oh wow!” moment that’s all mine :) New-to-me means I reached a similar plateau in my own mind. I don’t have direct access to anybody else’s yet. So, perhaps akin to a “skill of thinking” in a creative way, not as a milestone to cross but as an expansion of self.

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Ah here. 2013. I’ve had my head away from math long enough to not understand my 2013 self as well. But I do like to document for my future self in any case :)

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Marveling? That I don’t know.
But I know I have a need to ‘produce’.

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(fingers + toes) * (Left Side + Right Side) + 1 (me).

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((10 + 10)*2) +1 = 41 – the 2D + 1D (quadratic) part is square (area) + line. Humans tend to be 2D about most things. Sand drawing and all.

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