Structured Dialogue

So much of writing — and thinking — consists in taking a dense network of mutually entailed inferences and putting it in a form that can be communicated serially. It’s a bit like sharing a tree with a friend who lives far away. Somehow, without doing violence to the tree, you must break it into parts and send them to your friend with instructions for reassembly. Language cannot do justice to our inner states. But with patience we can come closer.