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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Math is Hard, Apparently.



Obviously this is from the infamous Fail Blog, and boy howdy does it scare me as a teacher to hear not one but TWO people at the same company who just don't grasp this simple concept. It's not even really about being able to do math, it's about logic. I'm so scared.

3 comments:

PHSChemGuy said...

that's pathetic...at what point do you give up on the phone and just go into the store?

Rude_mechanical said...

This is interesting. The Verizon guys are clearly unable to focus on the logic because they KNOW the answer has got to be $71. They can't begin to conceive the idea that their organization might have screwed up its advertising.
This phenomenon has much in common with religious conviction. If you start with a conclusion to which you are emotionally committed, and reasoning backwards leads to cognitive dissonance between assumptions, you will evade logic to the extent necessary to resolve it.

TeacherLady said...

PHSChemguy, you assume you'd have more success there...

Rude_mechanical (how fitting, I just got finished tutoring my student on some Shakespeare just recently), nothing like bending reality to suite the answer given to you at the start! It must be comforting to shut down and let others do the thinking for you, rather like reverting to infancy! And we all know our bosses know a lot more than we do.