Roberdin wrote:No it isn't. It's a way of describing someone whose daily life does not involve manipulation of physical quantities.
Oh come on, there are people who never need to understand the relationship between distance, time, and speed in their daily lives? How do they figure out how long a car trip will take? Or do they just get in the car and pray?
There are loads of very highly educated people who have no interest in solving arithmetic problems, irrespective of whether they can or not.
No, there are loads of poorly educated people who think
they're highly educated because they have a degree of some sort, but who are extremely annoying because when you go to a group lunch, they can't figure out their share of the bill or the tip. There is no one
who goes through life never needing basic math; there are only people who go through life doing basic math badly
when they need to.
I know a man with dyscalculia, an illness similar to dyslexia, but which leaves him unable to perform little more than simple arithmetic. However, he has top grades in everything else and is currently learning Chinese as a second language while he finishes a degree in Asian history. I expect he'd run a mile before he'd even finished reading the question.
OK, so he has a learning disability and he's wisely chosen light educational subjects which don't require any math. Good for him; I wish him well.
However, it doesn't change the fact that he's got a learning disability. And I've got to be honest: history is a light subject. When I was in university I took a third-year History course just for fun, and I got an A. That bears repeating: I had never taken a university-level history course before, I jumped into a third year course, and I got an A
. Why don't you try taking a third-year History major with no prior university-level math courses, putting him in a third-year Engineering Calculus course, and seeing how long he survives? He wouldn't make it past the first week, never mind getting an A.
If your forum is based around science, fair enough. Otherwise, you may be putting off a lot of intelligent and articulate people.
I'm sure there are very articulate people out there who can't do math. I've known quite a few. But it is
obviously a learning disability to be incapable of learning math, and since that is a particular type of intelligence, it's not unreasonable to generalize that people who can't do math have lesser intelligence as a group. Life isn't fair. If you lose in one area, you don't necessarily gain in another. And math is a particularly rigorous form of learning because it is so incredibly logical; it is, in fact, pretty much pure logic.
People are so reluctant to denigrate anyone's intelligence for any reason. It's a form of political correctness.