Re: human/world interface (part 2)

From: Extropian Agro Forestry Ventures Inc. (
Date: Sat Jul 08 2000 - 23:27:29 MDT

"advanced finger math"= chismbop

Brian D Williams wrote:

> From: "altamira" <>
> >Naturally, I turned out to be weird. Although I had no trouble
> >with visual or auditory recall (or projection either--I could
> >imagine things which didn't exist in the real world, and see and
> >hear them in my mind), I tended to use kinesthesia in strange
> >ways, such as when working simple math problems. And it's a fact,
> >though I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, that in adding and
> >subtracting numbers, I count by moving my fingers. For me,
> >this is a simple extension of the way in which I listen to or play
> >music, so I have my doubts as to whether it's all that unusual.
> >But although many people dance to music, most people don't report
> >doing math kinesthetically.
> I have distinct memories/images of being initially taught counting
> by doing so on my fingertips.
> As a result to this day when counting simple numbers I do so by
> tapping fingers to thumb, or tapping them against any surface.
> Apparently our early experience remains a lifelong process.
> Someone has a book about an advanced form of "Finger Math" where
> students have been taught to multiply and divide huge numbers by
> using their fingers as some sort of advanced abacus.
> Seems like fun to me.
> Brian
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