Nef Yoo BlackBeard wrote:This dissertation is based on empirical research pursuant to the Logic/Lateral Thinking problem posed by Uncle ET on page 133 of this thread. Some interesting facts may be defined if the function “ƒ” is operational. It is important to note ƒ may operate on numerals and letters alike and it is also case sensitive. Although ƒ may operate on Roman Numerals, this is only the case when dealing with values approaching 500 (D) and so Roman Numerals are an useful adjunct to this discussion. For the purpose of this dissertation we assume ƒ is “on” unless otherwise stated.
Consider the ten numerals: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
0, 4, 6, 8 and 9 are “holy” numbers, praise be thee Flying Spaghetti Monster. 0, 4, 6 and 9 = I and 8 = II, otherwise the remaining numerals, 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 equate to nil. I hesitate to specify “zero” or “0” owing to ƒ being “on” in which case zero = II and 0 = I. Note case sensitivity in this case does not apply and zero = ZERO = II. Let us now contemplate the remaining numerals in sequence:
1 = nil but not zero or “0” as indicated. 1 ≠ one because one = II.
2 = nil but not two. In this case two = I and it is not case sensitive and two = TWO.
3 = nil but three = II. Here case sensitivity applies whereby three = II and THREE = I.
4 = I and four = I but case sensitivity applies and FOUR = II.
5 = nil and FIVE is also nil but five = I.
6 = I but not six or SIX. SIX and six both equate to nil.
7 = nil and SEVEN is also nil but seven = II.
8 is the holiest of all numerals, praise be to the Flying Spaghetti Monster because 8 = II. However, EIGHT equates to nil but eight = III.
9 = I and nine = I, but nine ≠ NINE since NINE = nil.
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AHA ! Daft , I see thee prollum , you are not applying the function !
Simply do so and you will agree that thee answer be 2 and proof that 2 = 2 .