It doesn't look to me like human inarticulation.

Take funny sentence from the DC meetup introduction:

according to Cantor, there are more irrationals than rationals

Mistaking irrational numbers for irrational humans is not something that a meat brain is likely to do accidently.

I disagree. It could be a joke, or it could be the result of a kind of "magical thinking" whose perpetrator knows that in principle they're entirely separate concepts but is convinced that the commonality of names must be significant, or it could simply be the result of very shallow thinking -- reading lots of things, picking up key words but not really understanding them. The latter two shade into one another.

I think (but realise I am not sure on what basis, so it may be rubbish) that this sort of failure mode is not uncommon for people with som... (read more)

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by David_Gerard 1 min read18th Aug 201481 comments


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