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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  1. errant said, on September 29, 2009 at 11:56 am

    comical: 1 + 1 = A window

    (an old joke :))

  2. freeman said, on September 29, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    binary: 1+1 = 10

  3. infinity said, on September 29, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    In the field consisting only of the two elements 0 and 1 it is in fact true that 1+1=0 :-)

    • larrycheng said, on September 29, 2009 at 12:15 pm

      What category would you put that in – not sure I get it – but I’ll go with it!

      • Steve said, on September 29, 2009 at 12:31 pm

        I’d call that Algebraic Field Theory, Larry. I’d personally try for an interpretation in lambda calculas, but all that λmnfx.(mf)(nfx) stuff confuses me.

  4. chanux said, on September 29, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    1+1 = 5-4 ? How come?

    • larrycheng said, on September 29, 2009 at 12:12 pm

      Because then there becomes infinite arithmetic solutions which is kind of besides the point.

      • Steve said, on September 29, 2009 at 12:32 pm

        I think he was hoping 1+1 = 5-3

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  6. Eric Navales said, on September 29, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Boolean 1 (True) + 1 (True) = 1 (True)

  7. Eric Navales said, on September 29, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    And for your readers in Vegas,

    1 + 1 = craps

    As well as 1+2 and 6+6

  8. Mike Sheeley said, on September 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    1+1 = +1

    were ‘+1′ is the name of the variable such as 1Apple = Apple

  9. RJL said, on September 29, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    One plus one = unseen loop

    (and others–but this was my favorite)

    • larrycheng said, on September 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm

      I posted it – but what category would you put that under and can you explain? It’s in the “beyond me” category right now which is appropriate.

      • KMW said, on September 30, 2009 at 10:07 am

        Anagram – come on larry read a Dan Brown book already.

    • larrycheng said, on September 30, 2009 at 10:20 am

      KMW – Are Yankees fans allowed to post comments on my blog? :)

  10. RJL said, on September 29, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Don’t know, really. I guess “Beyond Me” works.

    Maybe…”Anagrammatically”? Or “Alphabetical.”

  11. Eric Navales said, on September 29, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Couple more to add…

    Basketball: 1+1 = technical foul
    Blackjack: 1+1 = 2 or 12

    • larrycheng said, on September 29, 2009 at 9:54 pm

      You’re good Eric. I get the blackjack one – but not the basketball one (and I played basketball!). Can you explain?

      • Eric Navales said, on September 29, 2009 at 11:47 pm

        “One and one” free throws for a technical foul. If you make the first, then you can take the second free throw.

    • larrycheng said, on September 29, 2009 at 11:51 pm

      that’s for a non-shooting foul when the team is over the foul limit – you threw me off with the technical foul. It should probably be 1+1 = 0, 1, 2.

  12. slingster said, on September 30, 2009 at 1:01 am

    The 4 elements of a repeating set ? (1,+,1,=, 1,+,1,=,1,+,1,=, . . .)

  13. slingster said, on September 30, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Question: What is “1+1=”
    Answer: 6 sticks ( Two are positioned vertically (1,1), two that are positioned together into a cross (+), and two that are positioned horizontally parallel to each other (=)

    Slinj

  14. abe said, on October 2, 2009 at 9:37 am

    What about 1+1=3. Using Synergy. When two or more people getting along and benefiting one another. It’s when the combination of energies, resources, talents and efforts equals more than the sum of the parts.

  15. Deborah S. Lee said, on October 7, 2009 at 3:00 am

    One of my favorites thus far Larry…perhaps it is the playful side to my mindset that you awakened.

  16. Kyle Watson said, on October 7, 2009 at 3:20 am

    1
    +
    1
    =
    a cross

    When drawn like the window

  17. Michael Horntvedt said, on October 7, 2009 at 7:24 am

    How about Babies: 1 + 1 = wet diaper + finished on parent during change

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  19. Craig Kerstiens said, on October 7, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    1 + 1 = 1

    Less on the map, more of a data visualization approach.

  20. sdash85 said, on January 23, 2012 at 7:26 am

    1+ 1= Indefinite (Marriage)


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