Monday, May 20, 2013

Bad at Math? Zapping Your Brains Could Help

People that hate math bum me out. There are a lot of them, particularly in the subset of people I often interact with (20 to 40-year-olds that do art or music things). From a certain perspective, math is the perfect storm of pointless, norm-y, and, crucially, very hard. The whys of modern math hatred are actually pretty interesting (from algorithm phobias to many, many terrible math teachers), but the difficulty of math is pretty straight-forward. Math is highly convoluted, effort-intensive puzzlework involving strange symbols and high degrees of abstraction, where the only “good enough” is being 100 percent correct. This is different than most anything in our day to day lives.

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