So far for my dissertation project, I have worked out how I’ll have the Term Reduction System defined and instances will store their settings. I started implementing the definition functions/macros to build a dummy TRS. It’s going very well! I also wrote a method of spliting up a reduction relation rule into it’s left-hand-side and right-hand-side.
On a different note, I found out I can clear the output in iTerm using Cmd+K, lovely.
“Provide a mechanism for appending functions to others, retaining access to all chained functions. Evaluating a Function Chain variable, should invoke each appended function in order. Extra functionality could include the removal of functions and the ability to clone and extend exiting chains.”
Property Event Listening - PEL
“Allow callbacks for property change events on an object.”
Multi-Functions - MultiFn
“Allow multiple implementations of a function based on different arguments. e.g. if you want different code to run if a function is called with an Array as opposed to an Object.”
Okay, so every once in a while I swear and every fucking time someone takes offense. Are words inherently offensive or is it the intention behind them that is to be found offensive? Say I use “fag” in an inoffensive way, is it still offensive?
My argument is that people shouldn’t get offended by…
Being offended is from the self. Words cannot harm, nor can an individual’s intent. We are hurt by our own expectations and interpretations of the world.
Do words carry meaning? How can they? Is the word dog the physical dog to which I may refer? Of course not. It is merely a label. If in combination with uniform meaning, a label may allow for communication. If we have no established meaning for a word, then there is miscommunication — nothing gets through (or worse; misinterpreted meaning).
Can you understand the meaning of ones words? Not without context. One example I’ve heard is the situation of someone baking a cake, and then dropping it. One person might say “oh no!”, you might say “shit!”. Do you mean to refer to shit? No of course not! Both mean to say “I’m sorry I dropped this cake.”. We have to look at how words are used in context to understand their meaning. Which means that words do not have meaning. Language can also be misused, in which one may use a word out of the usual context due to misinterpretation of its established meaning, causing further miscommunication.
Can we develop a language with uniform meaning? Mathematics is a fine example of a language without ambiguity. To develop such a language, we would have to delve into the science of communication, also referred to as “semantics”.