AngloBulgarian wrote:Serious point though - im crap at English, im dyslexic, which is miserable. But why, all my life, have I been made to feel sub human for this short coming when the maths dunces lough if off???????
That's a very reasonable question, AB. I don't see why someone should laugh at another person for their shortcomings, since we all have plenty of our own - I imagine someone who is perfect in every way might be qualified to do so but their perfection would presumably not permit this behaviour.
That said, are you SURE that it's other people who are making you feel like that or is it perhaps no more than a feeling that that is how you SHOULD feel and hence something of a self-fulfilling prophecy?
AngloBulgarian wrote:Additional, and this is from the heart, why do people who are good at the (lets face it totally bl**dy useless, arcane and irrelevant ... skills of spotting the miniscule errors of grammar of others Lord it over the rest of society??????
You're right in way here, although I hope you'll agree that such skills are not quite as "useless" as you feel - the concept of more and more books being published without being proof-read at least once is a very depressing one. However, the whole point is that language is THE major means of communication which separates mankind from the animals - I make no claims as to whether this constitutes proof of "superiority" however! Human development appears to have only increased and improved once language evolved, so it is THE core skill of the race. The "useless" and "irrelevant" general rules that you complain of are no more than a means of ensuring that communication is as clear, precise and accurate as it can be; the more complex a language is, the more possibilities there are for misunderstanding or ambiguity if there are no rules for deciphering it.
I remain to be convinced that the ability to write correct English and/or decipher the Times crossword constitutes "Lording it over the rest of society", especially in these days of inclusivity and Yuman Rites.
AngloBulgarian wrote:If someone is crap at maths they just use a calculator and say " God - carnt add a dam thing up in my head" - yet spot a bl**dy semi colon in the wrong place and you may as well be G W Bush!!
Not a bad analogy but then your comment was presumably typed on a computer - said machine does have facilities for checking grammar and spelling for those who need them. If someone who is no good at arithmetic uses a calculator to ensure they get their sums right, what exactly stops a person who knows their language skills are not all they might be from using these facilities? After all, it is no more than a sign of respect to the person to whom you are talking/writing to at least try to communicate your meaning clearly and accurately.
AngloBulgarian wrote:Let me see you pedants do some string theory or ill throw you a bone and you can use English for this one; discuss the ins and outs of Brain's in level 4 parallel Universes or for easy starters Inflation Bubbles in Level 2 or for the Nematodes The collapse of Probability waveforms in the subatomic and there impact on the macro (lottery players - this is where hope lies) - let the maths and physics guys have some fun (sorry forget were nerds and your Educated!) - rant over!
Being a bear of very little brain, I'm not entirely sure what relevance these theories have. "Explaining" something which can't be proven to exist by inventing notions which are possibly as accurate as that of Phlogiston is neither new nor especially impressive. Once they can be proven then we will all no doubt be highly impressed but until that happens they are indeed of great interest but still no more than wishful thinking. Oh, and I believe that the favoured term is "multiverse" rather than "parallel universes".
I do find your own theory that people who make an effort to speak and write correctly are self-evidently unable to grasp scientific or mathematical principles rather familiar, however - it reminds me strongly of someone who once complained that this made him feel "sub human"....