## simple arithmetic, symptomatic behavior

I like to use conversations about simple arithmetic to illustrate some interesting behaviors. Math as metaphor: does it make sense to you?

2+2=3? Or 2+2=5? Which untruth do you prefer?

Is 3+1 somehow better than 1+3?  Don’t they both add up to four?

Got a problem with 8?  Why?

Do I stand corrected? Or do I step right over new information?

Answers, observations, demonstrations, and other related thoughts at my “math as metaphor” page …

1. erin monahan says:

*applauds*

ay-men!

September 9, 2006 @ 11:04 am

2. fouro says:

Ah, but 2/2 is 1 and if we can get a 1 out of two 2s then 2+2=3 must be possible.

I will double-check this with my faith-powered calculator and get back to you.

September 20, 2006 @ 11:50 am

3. fouro says:

(Original comment about the draft version of my explanation: )

Ah, systems and dogma, the other ontological dilemma of man that Becker forgot

Interesting posts, even if I do suck at math.

If you’re interested, I tried to tackle the whole ships passing/out of phase thing here: Diverge, Converge, Reemerge, Repeat

September 21, 2006 @ 12:17 pm

4. josF says:

I began life rebelling to the dogma of numbers.
I was unable to do the rote of times tables.
0 is a number,too.

March 6, 2009 @ 9:08 pm

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