An Incomplete List of Reasons I Failed To Understand An Explanation

  1. I didn’t know enough to follow it
  2. I didn’t care enough to follow it
  3. I was too drunk to follow it
  4. It relied on unstated context that I didn’t have
  5. It relied on unstated context that I had but didn’t realize was relevant
  6. I was trying to understand it as an explanation of X but it was an explanation of Y
  7. (6), because the person mistakenly thought it was an explanation of X
  8. (7), because the person did not know X and Y were different
  9. (6), because the person didn’t have an explanation of X and wanted to hoodwink me
  10. It was actually a description, with no explanatory power
  11. It looked like – but wasn’t – #10 because I was not able to tell the difference
  12. It was an explanation of a thing that does not exist
  13. It looked like – but wasn’t – #12 because I was not able to tell the difference

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