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  • Mental illness seems to be a communication problem between interpreters one and two.
  • Something is interpreting the clatter of neurological activity.

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  • But is this interpreter necessarily metaphysical and unembodied?
  • Then all the dendrites and neurons and serotonin levels and interpreters collect themselves and trot over to the corner.
  • The interpreter is convinced it’s unmappable and invisible.
  • And when you decide it’s wrong, who or what is making that decision? A second, superior interpreter?
  • Each interpreter needs a boss to report to.
  • To make a new version of the not-entirely-false model, imagine the first interpreter as a foreign correspondent, reporting from the world.
  • The second interpreter is a news analyst, who writes op-ed pieces.
  • interpreter ONE: Pain in the left foot, back of heel.

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  • INTERPRETER TWO: I believe that’s because the shoe is too tight.
  • interpreter one Checked that.
  • interpreter two Did you look at it?
  • INTERPRETER TWO: No blood?
  • interpreter two Forget about it.
  • interpreter one Pain in the left foot, back of heel.
  • INTERPRETER TWO I know that already.
  • interpreter one Still hurts.
  • interpreter two It’s just a blister.
  • Two minutes later INTERPRETER TWO Don’t pick it!
  • interpreter one It’ll feel better if I pop it.
  • interpreter two That’s what you think.
  • An exemplary piece of confusion: INTERPRETER ONE There’s a tiger in the corner.
  • INTERPRETER TWO No, that’s not a tiger—that’s a bureau.
  • INTERPRETER ONE It’s a tiger, it’s a tiger!
  • INTERPRETER TWO Don’t be ridiculous.
  • If you are crazy, the first interpreter’s viewpoint, the tiger theory, will prevail.
  • The trouble here is that the first interpreter actually sees a tiger.
  • Apparently, this happens often, but the second interpreter jumps in to straighten things out.
  • It can take a while—maybe even half a minute—before the second interpreter sorts through the first interpreter’s claim of movement and corrects it.
  • It can take a while—maybe even half a minute—before the second interpreter sorts through the first interpreter’s claim of movement and corrects it.
  • The patient must lay out the often fantastic assertions of the first interpreter and scrutinize them with the second.
  • You can see why doubting one’s own craziness is considered a good sign: It’s a sort of flailing response by the second interpreter.
  • the second interpreter is saying.
  • interpreter one Looking.
  • INTERPRETER ONE: Nope.
  • INTERPRETER ONE Okay.
  • INTERPRETER ONE Okay.
  • interpreter one Okay.
  • The hope is that the second interpreter has, or will learn to have, the wit and insight to disprove some of the ridiculous claims the first interpreter has made over the years.
  • The hope is that the second interpreter has, or will learn to have, the wit and insight to disprove some of the ridiculous claims the first interpreter has made over the years.
  • ") Sometimes its interpretations are not credible, as when you cut your finger and it starts yelling, "You’re gonna die!"
  • If you are not crazy, the second interpreter’s assertion, that ’this is a bureau", will be acceptable to the first interpreter.
  • If you are not crazy, the second interpreter’s assertion, that ’this is a bureau", will be acceptable to the first interpreter.

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as in: interpret Spanish to English Define
to translate words into spoken words of another language (This word is used in place of translate when the translation is done real-time, or on-the-fly, or immediately as needed.)
as in: her interpretation of the data Define
to understand or explain something in a particular way -- often the meaning or significance of something
as in: her musical interpretation Define
express personal artistic ideas or feelings while performing (or performing to) someone else's work
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