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12/01/2012

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Thanks for this thoughtful post; it makes me ponder about a number of interesting questions. Great quotes, as well.

Maybe, I am a natural cross-current type. I remember, as a first grader, I had problems with maths ("Rechnen" "Reckoning" it was called) because I refused to accept that 1 + 1 = 2. I was so preoccupied with figuring out why it could NOT BE that there are NO alternative arithmetics that I fell behind the other pupils who simply learnt by heart what they were being told. The tragedy was that no one noticed the ingenuity of my approach.

I have always proved highly recalcitrant when someone is trying to cut me off from my own thinking by claiming certain vistas of thought deserve (i) to be ignored or (ii) to be looked upon as self-evidently deficient.

Georg, your educational example and recalcitrance triggered a remembrance of this video--not exactly what we're talking about, but nevertheless fascinating, I think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

Wow, what a great video. Thanks, Laura.

Same here.

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