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Hexagigadecimetrical hypothesis of increasing disapprehension

the less sense something makes, the less likely people are to understand what you are trying to describe
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This seems obvious on the surface, however, I would like to truly use the scientific method to ensure that when someone says something that truly does not make sense, people don't understand. I propose conducting experiments involving entirely made up terms and phrases, such as "the hexagigadecimetrical hypothesis of increasing disapprehension" (which admittedly kind of makes sense when you look at it again), and introducing new fields such as "preexistential facial characterization" into the popular dialougue and seeing how much sense people can make of them. Please let me know just how little sense you can make of this so I can finish this particular experiment attempting to disaffirm the hexagigadecimetrical hypothesis of increasing disapprehension.
Sparkyplugclean, Sep 13 2009

The Sokal Affair http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokal_affair
Wikipedia article: Physicist Alan Sokal submits hoax paper to scholarly journal—and they publish it. [Jim Bob of Merriam Park, Sep 14 2009]

Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity http://www.physics...._v2_singlefile.html
Sokal's nonsense paper. [Jim Bob of Merriam Park, Sep 14 2009]

'Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jabberwocky
Seems to fly in the face of your theory, Sparkyplugclean. Perhaps you should develop a 'Special Theory of Incomprehensibility' to account for artistic nonsense. [DrBob, Sep 14 2009]

Mind horizon profile Mind_20Horizon_20Profile
quantitative vectorization of scholarly, societal, and communicative effectiveness [Sparkyplugclean, Sep 15 2009]

Shameless plug Googolplexidecimal
[CaptainClapper, Sep 16 2009]

Exposure to nonsense makes you smarter? http://www.scienced...09/090915174455.htm
"The idea is that when you're exposed to a meaning threat –– something that fundamentally does not make sense –– your brain is going to respond by looking for some other kind of structure within your environment. And, it turns out, that structure can be completely unrelated to the meaning threat."

I take that to mean that if you read nonsense you will do your damnedest to convert it into something else that isn't nonsense. [DrBob, Sep 17 2009]

Pomo generator http://www.elsewhere.org/pomo/
inspired by Sokal - create your own meaninglessness. [pocmloc, Sep 17 2009]

A Mathematical Theory of Communication (working link) http://math.harvard...entropy/entropy.pdf
By C. E. SHANNON July, October, 1948. [notexactly, Jun 15 2019]


       What about, War On Terror?
Eggplant, Sep 13 2009

       Why bother making stuff up when you have an entire academic field called philosophy to use?
Bad Jim, Sep 13 2009

       //popular dialougue// - can't be that popular unless you mean "dialounge" - a place where dials hang out to discuss the behaviour of their pointers.   

       ps - welcome to HB mr/mrs/mss/ Sparkyplugclean
xenzag, Sep 13 2009

dentworth, Sep 13 2009

       Do you realise that given the obfuscatory title of this idea, every time someone looks at it is evidence against it being correct? I would suggest that you make it increasingly obscure until it's ignored.
nineteenthly, Sep 13 2009

       That's simply not true, [nineteenthly]. The initial hypothesis pendulates anterior to incomprehensibility contra tendencies to stimulate third-party indifference.
pocmloc, Sep 13 2009

       Good stuff.
nineteenthly, Sep 13 2009

       //like a homesick turd making its way home// - That's a strange simile. Is that what homesick turds do?
hippo, Sep 14 2009

       Good example, [egg]. Good call, [ian], [poc] I've heard of dorsal olfactory incomprehensibility theories, but understood they only applied to dogs. [bad jim] Pre-existential facial characterization is just a hobby for me. [xenzag] thank you, however, I like to stand alone in the crowd, dials or not. [bigsleep] the more bullocks I talk, the less people will understand, I think that was quite muddled, unless it got jammed. (checking soon, will cross) [dent] superleen tartary pouring skillwirsky [teenthly] I'm putting it on craigslist next. [poc] maximally accurate hypothesisation of causal reasoning of distally obfusticated titling arrangement. [bubba] Wow. [hippo] yes, that's why I'm here. [jimbob] thank you for the interesting link. [Drbob] I thought larry niven and the writer of alienvspredator both did a pretty good job with the jabberwocky and the "furious bandersnatch" This is somewhat like the prose I enjoy writing, but my syntax is more symbolic and purposefully confusing.
Sparkyplugclean, Sep 15 2009

       The return key is just so passe these days, don't you find?
nineteenthly, Sep 16 2009

       ***smiling inwardly***My response was the most incomprehensible***s.i.***
dentworth, Sep 16 2009

       //was// - because you have let slip its significance, hahaha
pocmloc, Sep 16 2009

       . thgirottfelgnipytdna rabecapsehtsisa
nineteenthly, Sep 16 2009

       my super cypher! Can you crack it? It's something I came up with so my classmates and I could pass notes without fear of being understood when they would inevitably be confiscated.   

CaptainClapper, Sep 17 2009


       here's a bigger sample - anyone who cracks it gets auto-bun for life... (I had to take the hyphens out due to word length restrictions)
CaptainClapper, Sep 17 2009

       The subject is contextualised into a capitalist posttextual theory that includes art as a paradox. But several dedeconstructivisms concerning predialectic nationalism may be discovered. See link.
pocmloc, Sep 17 2009

       I'm going to try this theory with [beanangel] and see what happens. Wish me luck.
RayfordSteele, Sep 17 2009

       [IT], I did that. (I also updated the link but kept your title and description.) Was I supposed to be confused by what I read?   

       Also, why do I seem to stumble upon so many ideas that have been untouched for ten years less a few days to a few months?
notexactly, Jun 15 2019

       8 billion tenths of a meter, so 800 megameters.
Voice, Jun 15 2019

       Where is that?   

       (Though that reminds me: one of the most surprisingly useful unit conversion factors I know off the top of my head is that 1 astronomical unit is almost exactly 150 gigameters.)
notexactly, Jun 15 2019


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