Brain degeneration leaves man unable to "see" a specific category of symbols

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I wonder how RFS might view Roman Numerals. Then again, they have no Zero.
Interesting condition indeed!
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I wonder how RFS might view Roman Numerals. Then again, they have no Zero.
Interesting condition indeed!

From the description, I would say that he would view them as letters. At least he can still read numbers if they are spelled out, but imagine having to write down phone numbers that way, or attempt to go shopping and compare prices.

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I wonder how RFS might view Roman Numerals. Then again, they have no Zero.
Cool fact, Roman numerals have no zero, funny  8)

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I wonder how RFS might view Roman Numerals. Then again, they have no Zero.
Interesting condition indeed!

From the description, I would say that he would view them as letters. At least he can still read numbers if they are spelled out, but imagine having to write down phone numbers that way, or attempt to go shopping and compare prices.

For shopping, I could imagine a mobile camera OCR application that replaces numbers in taken pictures to roman numerals, or whatever signs the man learns to use instead of Arabian numbers.
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Roman numerals can be cool, depends on what you do with it.
Roman numerals can stand for a fractal code.

O = 0
I =  1
X=  both 0 and 1
V= variable (is to be decided on startup of the system.)

XOVIXVXIOIVOXX  - every time you get an X, it stands for both 0 and 1,  and a V might stand for a variable?
Then view the code as if its branching left and right as it goes, and every time you get an X you go both directions.

so if you expanded the fractal code to stand for an exponential long bitstring->
IX   would stand for the binary code 0101  (right right)
XI  would stand for the binary code  0011   (nothing both dirs.)