# 3 + 3 = 6

That's not math.

You realise this, do you ? Oneplusoneequalstwo has nothing to do with math whatsoever, it's about as arithmetic as business cards. *Those also have numbers on them*. And signs !!11!

The elementary addition table, showing the arbitrary array of symbols you've arbitrarily drafted into representing underlying mathematical reality to your crummy senses is all^{i} **axiomatic**. There's no substantial difference between 1 + 1 = 2 and 1 + 1 = 3 or / 3 / 7 =^{ii} for that matter! As long as you stick to unambiguous usage any symbol's just as good as any other, and altogether perfect at the task of... signifying. Which is mere *representation*, it does not involve the thing represented *to any degree*. If some day someone tells you I said you're a cuckster doofus, that *has nothing to do with me*. It's a representation of what I said, not what I actually said ; and the same's true for Math.

Once the entire pile-up of 1 + 1 = 2, 2 + 1 = 3 ; 3 + 1 = 4 and so on given (and along with it the conventional decimal notation, whereby 179 = 1 * 10^{2} + 7 * 10^{1} + 9 * 10^{0}, just like polynomial standard form exactly), *then* -- **and only then!** -- do certain mathematical truths take over, and *extremely reliable predictions* can be made, for instance such as to whether the bag with 4`563 + 1`446 beads in it will have more beads in it than the boat with 3`336 + 2`950 slaves in it has slaves in it (to the standard of, if every slave's given a bead, will there be beads leftover or beadles slaves to be thrown overboard *briefly* leftover). Until such a time, however... it's not that "there's no math", of course not ; but there's no math for you.

That's all I had to say.

———- Not exactly all, the structure's fundamentally math ; but the skins stretched on that underwire, now those are perfectly indifferent (to math, I mean ; to you they matter immensely as supports for that one vainest of all conceits). [↩]
- If instead of "1" you used "/" to denote the same thing and similarily [what is now known as] + was written down as "3" or = as "7"... exactly nothing would change. Perhaps not even keyboard positions. [↩]

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

The philosophical damage heaped upon the modern mini-student's psyche by rampant mishandling of these basic --and somehow extraordinarily occult!-- notions is immense. I think this meshes with the common "we won't instruct you how to wash; you should just know and besides telling you might be embarrassing" malversations.

Friday, 16 April 2021

That's for damn sure.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

3+3=6