Blind Blitzposting from the distant past [heresy](500 comment pages)[/heresy]...
TheMinim wrote:Coma Coma Coma Time! Try not to post much while I'm gone! Or, alternatively, post like mad and leave all laggers behind.
This is cruel, especially to us laggers . . . .
My doctorate is in Mathematics, but multiplication tables always escaped me. I finally forced myself to learn them after
I had the PhD.
Not only that, I was in my fifth year of graduate study before anyone really taught me what mathematics is
. I doubt that few teachers of it really know.
Are you sure? Do Mathematicians create or discover mathematics? That is, do they create new systems of rules and “stuff,” or do they discover the relationships that are already existing somehow embedded in nature?
And, by the way, I sympathize on the multiplication tables. I learned algebra to minimize calculations. I mean, 7◦8=42, or thereabouts, but x◦y is always xy.
Opiboble wrote:In other news: I am falling behind in my posting D:
Heck, I'm falling behind in my reading. Two pages per page read, or thereabouts.
I will need infinite time to finish this thread?
ucim wrote:BlitzGirling is an awesome calling. The rewards are beyond imagine. All it requires is to be pure of heart, to feel the chasm in your soul from the lack of experiencing Time in its proper time, and the desire, indeed the drive, to drink from the One True Thread to fill this void. That, and Time and time itself. Such a Quest is not to be undertaken lightly, but simply by considering this Holy Sacrament, you have proven yourself worthy.
Either way you do it, the Quest is Awesome0 and, should you decide to embark on it, I would bestow upon thee, as Pope of the Holy Contradiction, the Blessing of Strength for the True Pilgrims of Time.
mathrec wrote:I've had in my mind that the land of Time is a fictional place based on Madagascar with everyday elements from familiar European/Western culture (sandcastles with crenelated parapets, squirrels, etc.). I think that's still where I am. I could forgive the very European sand castles, but the
squirrels squirpies look just a little too much like squirrels.
Madagascar, if it has been settled on, would be a nice size—large enough to be a really big2
island, but small enough to be nearly manageable.
That would make the natives mostly Austronesians from Borneo plus Bantu from East Africa? Speaking, presumably Malagasy?2
Not as large as the sea
And third, minim apparently became multypope. Multypope!
True. Multypope sounds like maltypope to me.
What about a molpypope?
charlie_grumbles wrote:There is a lesson here for teachers. Your job is NOT to teach what you know. As proved above, a lot of what you (actually I) know is useless garbage. Your job is to teach them what they need to know.
Well put. However...
then charlie_grumbles goes on, having wrote:...We don't teach how to use slide rules anymore as that would be a waste of the student's time...
That would be a shortsighted view of what a valuable use of student's time is. A slide rule is visceral. It requires more of the student's brain, and also allows actual interaction with the concepts being used (which a calculator does not). This leads to a deeper understanding of the math (multplication, logarithms, and exponents in this case, but the principle is the same). That is most certainly not
a waste of the student's time.
Of course, once the student has gained the understanding that the slide rule helps to develop, it can be supplanted. But skipping that step risks glossing over something fundamentally important.
The object of education, fundamentally, isn't to "get the right answer" or to "make more money" or to "get a better job". It is to "enable yourself to enjoy life to the fullest", and that comes from a deep understanding of all life has to offer. Students need to know
They short circuit it at their peril.
Reminds me of Asimov's short story, "The Feeling of Power"
But that could happen in various ways: Calculating, programming computers, compiling code, come quickly to mind. I’m sure there are others.
Having become a Wizard on n.p. 2183, the Yellow Piggy retroactively appointed his honorable self a Temporal Wizardly Piggy on n.p.1488, not to be effective until n.p. 2183, thereby avoiding a partial temporal paradox. Since he couldn't afford two philosophical PhDs to rule on the title.