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Comment Re:The Road Not Taken (Score 1) 594

I took a class in college that tried to explain this of course reading James Joyce. Being a lover of prose I did find it frustrating to read a story and think I understood it and the characters only to go to class and find out that it meant something completely different with a lot of the meaning hidden in literary references to things I had never read.

The interesting part of the class though for me was the introduction to the concept of Abductive Reasoning.

"The term refers to the process of arriving at an explanatory hypothesis. Peirce said that to abduce a hypothetical explanation a from an observed surprising circumstance b is to surmise that a may be true because then b would be a matter of course"

The answer is 42.
* The answer to the meaning of life.
* No stupid. It is obviously 41 + 1.
* No it is 42 + 0
* Etc...

For us literal minded people at least we have an equation.