There’s a farmer in the provence region of France who has an extraordinarily intelligent horse. He can actually give it arithmetic problems, and it will tap out the answer with its hoof.
So we called in experts and researchers to look at the horse, and they were fascinated by him.
As they tested him, they found out that it could answer algebra, euclidian geometry, calculus, and even group theory. But when they
put a problem down that had cartesian coordinates in it, the horse
just stood there, dumbly, like any other horse.
And I thought, “that’s pretty strange, considering how intelligent the horse is.”
So then they called in one more expert, who examined the horse, and he figured out what the problem was. Do you know what the diagnosis was?
- Sure! It couldn’t understand cartesian coordinates?
- Because that’d be putting “descartes” before the horse.