Thread: Doing Math
March 8th 2012, 09:09 PM #16
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Re: Doing Math"If tonight is Cher night in TWeb chat, then I must have been wrong and there is a hell afterall"-XMansMommy in Paltalk on August 29th, 2008
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December 13th 2012, 05:24 AM #17
Re: Doing Math
You might want to read Robert Burton's On Being Certain. It's a little long on conjecture, and short on data, but in it he argues that our 'certainty' is a feeling which accompanies cognitions, a somatic marker for rightness, which itself isn't generated by 'reasoning' or 'rationality'. This would lead to a couple of interesting points. First, we can't introspect the reasons behind our certainty, even if that certainty accompanies a rational, procedural cognition; the why of it occurs below decks. Second, the feeling can be wrong, and attached to things it shouldn't be attached to (See the so-called God center), or not attached to things to which it should be attached (See Capgras delusion). People often like to argue that the mental process known as reasoning and rationality exists apart from non-rational processes. However, both cognitive bias and modern psychology and neurology seem to point the other direction.
By the way, if you're experiencing numbers in a modality other than just as mental concept (sight, sound, smell), that's called synesthesia.I have bad reflexes. I was once run over by a car being pushed by two guys.
December 13th 2012, 06:25 AM #18
Re: Doing Math"Faith is nothing less than the will to keep one's mind fixed precisely on what reason has discovered to it." - Edward Feser
"Faith and reason are the shoes on your feet. You can travel further with both than you can with just one." - Alwyn Macomber
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December 13th 2012, 08:42 PM #19
Re: Doing Math
The only time I ever really had any problem with math, was when they were trying to force me to do it within a time limit, or showing my work on paper. The first dropped my grades down lower than they should(IMO they shouldn't expect a person to be able to all kinds of equations within 60 seconds, AND get them all right). The second one was mostly just irritating, because even when I did so, no one actually went over it or anything.
December 13th 2012, 11:11 PM #20
Re: Doing Math
I was a terrible student, both inside and outside of math, but math was probably the most telling because everything built upon everything else. So by the time I got to college, I had terrible skills, as a result of never studying and never doing the homework. I've moved on to make philosophy my game, but I would love to have learned math in a deep lasting way. I've thought at times about going back and teaching myself, starting with the basics, and doing it all over again, without cheating the way I did before, but I suspect that would never work, and motivating myself for such a project would be very difficult. Still, I miss math.
I have bad reflexes. I was once run over by a car being pushed by two guys.
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