You’re sitting at a café when a stranger approaches you. This person asks what your name is, and, for some reason, you reply. The stranger nods, “I’ve been looking for you.” What happens next?
“Hello there, Dean.”
I look up. “I don’t know who you are! How do you know my name?”
“You’re Dean. That’s what you told me, anyway.”
“I don’t remember telling you my name.”
“Did I say you did?” the stranger asked.
“You just told me that I told you my name. Have we ever met before?”
“I’m not sure I understand.”
“Um… have I ever introduced myself to you?”
“Who me?” the stranger asked.
“That’s what I figured.”
“You’re not making a lot of sense.” I grumble.
“I think that’s subject to opinion, Dean.”
“I don’t know who you are or how you found me!” I said, getting frustrated.
“Don’t worry about it, Dean.”
“… I don’t think I know what you mean…”
“In mathematics, mean has several different definitions depending on context. In probability and statistics, mean and value are used synonymously to–“
A loud alarm clock goes off. The whole place around me crumbles and disappears and I am suddenly laying in my bed. I turn to my right to find my phone and Siri is open and giving me the definition of “mean” via Wikipedia.
“Well that was weird…”