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  1. So here's my problem: I love quantum mechanics, physics, chemistry, biology, astrophysics and cosmology. But in order to understand those subjects intimately, I would have to be able to comprehend the mathematical formulae associated with those fields of study. I am unable to do most high school algebra and in fact I am almost unable to add or subtract numbers larger than single digit without using pen and paper; and with pen and paper, I am nearly unable to do division. I am not willing to drop everything and spend the next 10 years learning various forms of math, just so I can catch up with someone who, because of their natural skill, learned he same amount of information in one year or less.

    My point is that people who are naturally skilled at arithmetic are unable to understand the that it's simply too difficult for unskilled folks to learn, as very few people have the time or devotion to overcome their inability comprehend anything higher than grade school math. Is there anything than can be done about this, or are mathematically challenged folks like myself doomed to never "getting it"?

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    2. Justince

      Justince

      Ah good 'ol GoatLord, convinced of your own failure before you even start. Maybe you should work on that aspect of your personality first.

    3. fraggle

      fraggle

      GoatLord said:

      My point is that people who are naturally skilled at arithmetic are unable to understand the that it's simply too difficult for unskilled folks to learn, as very few people have the time or devotion to overcome their inability comprehend anything higher than grade school math. Is there anything than can be done about this, or are mathematically challenged folks like myself doomed to never "getting it"?

      Hey GoatLord. You already know my opinion about your drug threads, but I think darknation's comments are ignorant and cruel. Dyscalculia is a real thing and it doesn't imply anything about your IQ, any more than being unable to write due to dyslexia implies anything. But it must be really frustrating especially if it's something you really want to learn.

      The fact is, you might just have to accept as a fact of life that you're never going to excel in those fields, and will always have to rely on explanations from others. But if that's the case you need to be extra cautious about the sources of those explanations. For example there's a lot of people who use the confusing nature of quantum dynamics to promote all kinds of nonsense. So when you hear people explaining stuff about complicated branches of physics, ask yourself whether those explanations are really coming from scientists who actually know the field.

    4. j4rio

      j4rio

      fraggle said:


      Bah, that's another diagnose for me. Seriously, 100% of those apply to me as well. If I didn't cheat my way through my short but nonetheless necessary math course at university, I'd be kicked out by now.

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