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To: cuban leaf

Those are concepts.
My 6 & 8 yr old understand negative numbers because of an analogy to something they’re familiar with.

I used legos. Stack legos 1,2,3,4 high... Now, envision digging a hole in the floor that requires you to put 2 legos in to get to floor level. That’s -2.


31 posted on 07/17/2013 12:18:36 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

Those are concepts.


Yes, but the concepts were foreign. Someone had to discover them.

I remember when I was in my very early years, I was fascinated by the trombone because the slide seemed to magically get longer. I was mesmerized and calculated in my mind all the ways it could be possible for such a devise. I never could come up with a plausible answer. Once someone showed me one. I saw how a smaller slide fit into a slightly larger one, giving the impression to a four year old that a single slide was magically lengthening. And then I felt dumb for not seeing it from the beginning.

I was not even looking for part of the slide to be slightly smaller than the other part.

And there are lots of things, I believe, that mankind STILL does not see because we are not looking for the right thing. And once someont finds it, it becomes obvious. Virtually all of mans discoveries and inventions become obvious and easy to understand by anyone with an average IQ, yet many took thousands of years to come to be a part of our concept of the physical world, just like the slide within a slide.


37 posted on 07/17/2013 12:25:28 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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