Date: Nov 11, 2012 8:19 PM
Author: Robert Hansen
Subject: Re: How teaching factors rather than multiplicand & multiplier confuses kids!
On Nov 11, 2012, at 8:01 PM, kirby urner <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Actually my thinking is quite self-consistent and disciplined
> according to David Feinstein, Applied Mathematician. He likes that
> about me.
Religions are consistent. Crazy people are consistent. Consistency is not a sufficient criteria for formal reasoning. By chance, did this Feinstein fellow say something like "Well, at least you are consistent."?
> I teach logical thinking for a living one could say. To hundreds.
Formal reasoning is different than formal logic, if that is what you are saying.
> I think my rhetoric is really top notch, one of the fastest horses on
> the track (some days).
How would you rate the rhetoric of some of the best con men? I'll stick with formal reasoning.