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if 12/3=1, 8/7=6, 3/13=3, 12/6=2, 4/14=5, then what does 16/8=?

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If 4=1, then 4-1=1-1 and 3=0. If 3=0, then 3(r)=0(r) and 3(r)=0; where r is any real number. Since (16/8)+0=16/8, it follows that (16/8)+3(r)=16/8; which means 16/8 is equal to all real numbers.
Note: To evaluate the true value of 16/8, you must either assume 16/8=2 or the laws of basic division. Assuming the laws of division will lead to a contradiction; and assuming 16/8=2 is false because neither 16 is defined, nor 8 is defined. Trying to derive 16 or 8 will result in a contradiction.