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"My words are easy to understand
And my actions are easy to perform
Yet no other can understand or perform them.
My words have meaning; my actions have reason;
Yet these cannot be known and I cannot be known."
"Understanding" is a pretty complicated process. Hofstadter had a pretty good definition: Understanding is a homomorphy between two symbolic systems.
You can write a few 100s pages just on this topic.
1. You can not understand your opponent if you both have different sets of symbols. Unfortunately, nobody has exactly the same set, that's why people keep bitching about labels and definitions all the time. [Read more]