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2022-07-03, 03:34   #12
chalsall
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"Chris Halsall"
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by Dr Sardonicus When I was in graduate school, an unusual mathematics graduate student was admitted to the program. He had a slight speech difficulty, and was very poorly socialized. He had dyslexia. As a result, he had as a child been deemed mentally retarded, and at age twelve he was considered to be uneducable. At age 17, he was admitted as a graduate student in mathematics.
Thank you for sharing that. Sincerely.

Dyslexia (and many other vectors in the spectrums) has only recently been identified as an area of study worth investing in. And managing those who might need some additional help interacting with "nominals"...

To share... For me personally, I could read about five times faster than most other people from a very early age. And, importantly, retain the pertinent knowledge.

But, ask me to speak verbally, and/or write out a message using a pen and paper without making many smelling mistakes? No chance.

I actually had to repeat grade three (#3; age 9,10) because my first teacher said I couldn't read. Seriously.

2022-07-03, 14:38   #13
Dr Sardonicus

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Quote:
 Originally Posted by chalsall But, ask me to speak verbally, and/or write out a message using a pen and paper without making many smelling mistakes? No chance. I actually had to repeat grade three (#3; age 9,10) because my first teacher said I couldn't read. Seriously.
Once when I was in third or fourth grade, we had a quiz on division. We worked a number of division problems and handed them in to the teacher (who happened to be a substitute that day).

The book used the ÷ sign for long division.

However, on my paper I wrote the division sign rotated 90 degrees, like $\cdot\mid\cdot$

When the teacher looked at my paper, she said something like "This one used a Martian division sign." But then she also said, "But he got them all right!"

2022-07-03, 15:05   #14
storm5510
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by Dr Sardonicus ...However, on my paper I wrote the division sign rotated 90 degrees, like $\cdot\mid\cdot$...
Every now and then on other sites, somebody will present a basic math problem and ask other members to submit answers. Something like 5+5*(2*0)+6/3. Some will respond by writing that they do not understand the usage of * and /. I came to the conclusion they never did any programming or created spreadsheets. A bit amazed, actually.

2022-07-03, 18:53   #15
retina
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Jun 2006
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by storm5510 Every now and then on other sites, somebody will present a basic math problem and ask other members to submit answers. Something like 5+5*(2*0)+6/3. Some will respond by writing that they do not understand the usage of * and /. I came to the conclusion they never did any programming or created spreadsheets. A bit amazed, actually.
It's worse when they respond that the answer is 2.

There are worse things to be than dissleksik.

2022-07-05, 22:46   #16
chalsall
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"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002

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Quote:
 Originally Posted by Dr Sardonicus When the teacher looked at my paper, she said something like "This one used a Martian division sign." But then she also said, "But he got them all right!"
Somewhat along the lines of "Dyslexics Untie!"...

We're not joking when we say we get right and left backward all the time. Not only in the input streams, but also within our own heads.

And then people bring in the use of the word "Right" into the calculus to also signal a positive... Jolly good fun there...

Please... Save a dyslexic some stress.

When you mean Correct, or True et al, please just use the correct word. Don't use Right as a global substitute.

Bonus points: Please never say "Turn right here." when what you actually mean is "Turn left immmediately".

Last fiddled with by chalsall on 2022-07-05 at 23:09 Reason: s/just use correct/just use the correct/; # Being pedantic can also be useful in some domains.

2022-07-05, 23:42   #17
retina
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by chalsall When you mean Correct, or True et al, please just use the correct word. Don't use Right as a global substitute.
Alright, I will try to remember. You are right, the language can be confusing, right?
Quote:
 Originally Posted by chalsall Bonus points: Please never say "Turn right here." when what you actually mean is "Turn left immmediately".
Q: We turn left right here, right?
A: Right.
Q: It's left, right?
A; Right.
Q: The left path is right, right?
A: Right.

2022-07-06, 01:07   #18
chalsall
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"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002

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Quote:
 Originally Posted by retina Alright, I will try to remember.
Thanks. I enjoy playing with you. And et al. 8-)

Not everyone gets the humor. But those that do tend to also get the deeper stuff. Eh? 9^)

2022-07-06, 08:58   #19
xilman
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May 2003
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by chalsall Somewhat along the lines of "Dyslexics Untie!"... We're not joking when we say we get right and left backward all the time. Not only in the input streams, but also within our own heads. And then people bring in the use of the word "Right" into the calculus to also signal a positive... Jolly good fun there... Please... Save a dyslexic some stress. When you mean Correct, or True et al, please just use the correct word. Don't use Right as a global substitute. Bonus points: Please never say "Turn right here." when what you actually mean is "Turn left immmediately".
It is, of course, well known that the Americans drive on the right side of the road. The British, on the other hand, drive on the correct side.

2022-07-06, 13:56   #20
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by xilman The British, on the other hand, drive on the correct side.
Sure, right.

2022-07-08, 01:39   #21
chalsall
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"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002

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Quote:
 Originally Posted by xilman It is, of course, well known that the Americans drive on the right side of the road. The British, on the other hand, drive on the correct side.

In North America people tend to drive their vehicles with the driver's seat in the left-front position. And they tend to try to keep the "middle line" to their left.

In other countries (including England and Barbados) the driver tends to sit in the right-front position. And they tend to try to keep the "middle line" to their right".

Not trying to brag. Simply sharing my empirical... I found I was able to switch easily between these environments. Not all can.

And, Paul... Let us please not get into "inner" vs "outer", "up" vs "down", etc et al...

Heck... I sometimes find it difficult to find humans who can understand N, W, S, E, Z and T... 9^)

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