Formal "left" and "right" definitions

post by Roman Nastenko (roman-nastenko) · 2024-03-30T23:42:11.083Z · LW · GW · 1 comment

This is a question post.


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We know that these words can be objectively defined based on physics. So why don't we have a recognised formal definition? And a Wikipedia article with such a definition?


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comment by Dagon · 2024-03-31T05:22:21.829Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Can you give a few examples where it's undefined or ambiguous?  I've never noticed a need for more formal definitions than given in a dictionary (for human use) or textbook (for various technical domains).  Note that it DOES mean slightly different things in different topics.  This is true for a LOT of words.