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Mental Math Genius Claims Humans Are Being Taught Math Incorrectly

Scott Flansburg, the proclaimed Human Calculator, claims that humans are wired to do math but we have been taught math incorrectly.

Mr. Flansburg said that in most cultures, the natural tendency is to read from left to right. However, for some reason mathematicians have developed a mathematical system that sums numbers from right to left, requiring the "carry over" technique which makes mental math difficult for most people.

He said that we need to rewire our brains to do all math from left to right just like we read.

Here's an example. Sum the following numbers in your mind the normal way (right to left with the carry over technique) and time yourself:

43
57
98
22
38
55
99
84
75
95

Jot down your answer and how long it took you to reach that answer.

Now, add the numbers in the opposite way, from left to right. You do this by starting with the tens column like this:

40 + 50 = 90 + 90 = 180 + 20 = 200 + 30 = 230 + 50 = 280 + 90 + 80 + 70 + 90 = 610

Now add the ones column to that number:

610 + 7 + 3 = 620 + 8 + 2 = 630 + 8 = 638 + 5 = 643 and so on...

You'll realize that you can easily calculate the answer in your mind by adding the numbers from left to right instead of from right to left. No carry overs.

He went on to state that he's developed a groundbreaking mathematical system that starts with 0 instead of 1. He goes so far to state that 0 is not only the first number in the system, it is the most important number in the system. In his words, "Zero is THE number. The numeric system falls apart without it."

Instead of using a system based on 1 - 10, Scott uses a system based on 0 - 9.

With this new system, humans can easily perform incredibly complex mental math.

Also, he and a few scientists have used perfect numbers to create geometrically perfect diagrams that when recreated in fields of wheat have interfered with natural magnetic fields. They believe that by creating mathematically perfect diagrams anywhere in the universe, we affect the universe at a quantum level because it is governed by quantitative laws.

May explain portals, time travel, etc.
This post was edited on 2/26 at 12:24 pm



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Interesting story


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OBReb6
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I add numbers like that already
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mizzoukills
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Then you fit into the genius column! Congrats, brotha!


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15sammy34
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I want what he's smoking whenever he came up with the stuff at the end


CatFan81
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I hate math.


mizzoukills
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My post didn't even dig below the surface. Some of the stuff this guy is doing is, well...fascintating isn't a strong enough word.

For example, he's discovered a calendar system where if you quickly say a random date like August 14, 1952, he will immediately tell you which day of the week that day fell on.

He can do this because he's recreated the human calendar. Instead of using a flawed 12 month calendar system (Gregorian Calendar) where months have differing amounts of days, he uses a 13 month system (like the Mayans) where each month has 28 days (a perfect number, btw). The calendar year adds up to 364 days which means that he's missing one day.

The groundbreaking part is that he's solved that riddle with the number zero to make it a perfect system.
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TeLeFaWx
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Stupid.


mizzoukills
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Yes, we are all stupid. I agree.


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I'm digging the weird math dude.


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sms151t
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CatGal first you hate southerners, you hate tduecen and DoCho, then you hate jelly, and now math. You're on a hating spree.


CatFan81
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quote:

CatGal first you hate southerners, you hate tduecen and DoCho, then you hate jelly, and now math. You're on a hating spree.



I don't hate southerners. I hate rednecks.

I hate tdeucen because he's creepy.

I don't hate HalfDoCho. I just laugh at his little penis.



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Henry Jones Jr
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He's doing it wrong and y'all are doing it wrong. I have the right way but I'm not going to tell y'all how to do it.


mizzoukills
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quote:

Dr. Jones


Wanna be genius right der


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870Hog
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quote:

I add numbers like that already


mizzoukills
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No you don't


OBReb6
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It makes way more sense to me to add the larger numbers first and then the smaller numbers, it's what I've always done. I don't even bother to put them in a column because I usually just do it in my head.

It fricked me up on math tests as a kid when I'd have to arrange the numbers in a column and add from right to left. It made no sense to me, or just seemed unnecessary.


mizzoukills
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That's exactly what Scott says, but he takes the mental math to extraordinary levels...which he claims we all can learn quite easily.

Scott is all about doing math in the most efficient way possible.

The strange thing is that Scott has been speaking to mathematicians across the world for years trying to get them to change the way math is taught to children and.....

The math establishment refuses to change offering no logical explanations why they refuse.
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Tom Sawyer
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Need fast mental math skills when computing vectors and trajectories in space, Space Warrior.


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OBReb6
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My mom showed me a video of this dude like 10 years ago so I knew of him. I had already been doing the adding and multiplication methods that he uses before that though. It really is much simpler, but too much money is tied into the old method to make a change.


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