Thinking About Thinking

1+1 = ?

Posted in Philosophy, Pop Culture by larrycheng on September 29, 2009

True to the name of this blog, I had the random thought of how many unique and legitimate answers there are to the simple question: 1+1= ?  Here are a few that I came up with:

  • arithmetic:  1+1 = 2
  • visual: 1+1 = 11
  • logical: 1+1 = 1+1

Answers from the blogosphere:

  • artistic/comical: 1+1 = window (video)
  • binary: 1+1 = 10
  • vegas: 1+1 = craps
  • boolean: 1 (True) + 1 (True) = 1 (True)
  • basic algebraic: 1+1 = +1 (were ‘+1’ is the name of the variable)
  • algebraic field theory: 1+1 = 0
  • anagrammatical: one plus one = unseen loop
  • blackjack: 1+1 = 2 or 12
  • basketball: 1+1 = 0, 1, 2
  • synergy: 1+1 = 3

If you can think of other answers that are both unique and legitimate, post them in the comments and I will add it to the post.  By the way, I would not consider 1+1 = 5–4 as unique.  It is legitimate, but not unique since I’d still put in in the arithmetic category.

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