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36 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 20 November 2007 07:58AM

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Comment author: AnthonyC 22 April 2011 10:53:52PM 6 points [-]

Someone needs to teach them how to count: {}, {{}}, {{},{{}}}, {{},{{}},{{},{{}}}}...

Comment author: [deleted] 06 September 2011 08:41:43AM *  5 points [-]

even less esoteric: |, ||, |||, ||||, |||||, ....

Then "X" + "Y" = "XY". For example |||| + ||| = |||||||.

It turns out the difficulty in addition is the insight that ordinals are just an unfriendly representation. One needs a map between representations in order that the addition problem becomes trivial.