# On errors and meaning

1. Jul 9, 2008

### humanino

Evolution originates in small errors occuring during the ADN replication. This can have dramatic effects.

For instance
• A woman, without her man, is nothing
• A woman: without her, man is nothing
Or :
• The IRS
• Theirs
Do you know of others ?

2. Jul 9, 2008

### Staff: Mentor

The importance of punctuation

Dear John:
I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we're apart. I can be forever happy--will you let me be yours?
Gloria

*****
Dear John:
I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we're apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?
Yours,
Gloria

3. Jul 9, 2008

### humanino

Oh waow ! That is really good

4. Jul 9, 2008

### WarPhalange

Timing is the difference between "What's for dinner, mom?" and "What's for dinner? Mom?"

5. Jul 9, 2008

### Staff: Mentor

I threw my mother from the train. A kiss would've been nice!

I threw my mother from the train, a kiss. Would've been nice!

6. Jul 9, 2008

### Staff: Mentor

Ok, I'm stealing from an old thread of mine.

Try this one that Boulderhead came up with.

that that is is that that is not is not that that is is not that that is not that that is not is not that that is is that not it it is

7. Jul 9, 2008

### Crosson

Not as unique as the natural language examples, but here is what happens when text is encoded by an ASCII like scheme with 8-bits per character (including spaces and newlines), and then randomly corrupted so that only 95% of the bits are correct before being decoded back into text:

Original Message:

"I threw my mother from the train. A kiss would've been nice!"

95% bit-wise accuracy:

"I\.00threw)m9 m?ther from@tHe qrail. A {iss so}le'va\.00cagn nice#"

Edit: Here are a few more random corruptions of that same message under the same conditions:

"I threw iy mnthmr`from$tjg traio. A kiSs wowld've veen nhcd!" "I t(reu!my mnthgr from tHe tra*n. I kiss would3vd \"een$nice#"

"I0tirew my mothep\$from 4he tsain& A!iiqc goehtgtm feen nice!"

Last edited: Jul 9, 2008
8. Jul 9, 2008

### humanino

Great minds think alike