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Simple but profound
Answers to many issues that puzzle us can be as simple, but we generally refuse to see what is obvious.
In the same context, I liked this quote  Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens, we have to keep going back and beginning all over again  Andre Gide
20060207
Simple but profound
Answers to many issues that puzzle us can be as simple, but we generally refuse to see what is obvious.
In the same context, I liked this quote  Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens, we have to keep going back and beginning all over again  Andre Gide
8 comments:
 Dinesh said...

I'm not sure I agree with the anthropology professor.
It surely has to have something to do with the ease of 5/10 multiplication table (multiples end only with 0/5) as opposed to 3/7 (multiples may end with any digit from 09).
Even if human beings had evolved with fourteen fingers, I think they would have still evolved to be more comfortable with multiples of 5 or 10 than with multiples of 7 :P  Tuesday, February 07, 2006 1:30:00 PM


Wow, that is simple but very profound.
 Tuesday, February 07, 2006 7:53:00 PM
 Kapil said...

How about if we used a Hexical system or base 14 system instead of a decimal system . Then again what if we had 14 fingers or six fingers... who knows ...
;) ;)  Tuesday, February 07, 2006 9:14:00 PM
 Dinesh said...

bbird, brings up a critical point I missed.
If we were using base14 system then, yes, multiples of 7/14 will be easier to count in. Had we 14 fingers, we may have, after all, used base14!!
So, in conclusion, I think the anthropology professor was trying to explain why we evolved to use decimal system(base10) rather than, say, base3 or base7 or base14. (The ease of counting in multiples of 5/10 being a direct consequence of the decision to use the base10 decimal system).  Tuesday, February 07, 2006 10:14:00 PM
 Kapil said...

Yep! This completes the cirle
Perhaps this would make it more clear
in Base 14 system
7 x 1 = 7
7 x 2 = 10
7 x 3 = 17
7 x 4 = 20
and so on ...
( where 10 would have represented the count from 1 to fourteen ,
and 14 would represent Eighteen )
The question is ..Would we have selected decimal counting system if we had fourteen fingers  Wednesday, February 08, 2006 2:10:00 PM
 itheabsolute said...

dinesh & bbird
good discussion.
cheers  Wednesday, February 08, 2006 9:20:00 PM
 Kapil said...

Hi Vijay
Thanks to you ! Cheers and all the best for your placements !
R1 admit  Wednesday, February 08, 2006 9:48:00 PM
 itheabsolute said...

bbird
all the best
cheers  Wednesday, February 08, 2006 10:01:00 PM
8 comments:
I'm not sure I agree with the anthropology professor.
It surely has to have something to do with the ease of 5/10 multiplication table (multiples end only with 0/5) as opposed to 3/7 (multiples may end with any digit from 09).
Even if human beings had evolved with fourteen fingers, I think they would have still evolved to be more comfortable with multiples of 5 or 10 than with multiples of 7 :P
Wow, that is simple but very profound.
How about if we used a Hexical system or base 14 system instead of a decimal system . Then again what if we had 14 fingers or six fingers... who knows ...
;) ;)
bbird, brings up a critical point I missed.
If we were using base14 system then, yes, multiples of 7/14 will be easier to count in. Had we 14 fingers, we may have, after all, used base14!!
So, in conclusion, I think the anthropology professor was trying to explain why we evolved to use decimal system(base10) rather than, say, base3 or base7 or base14. (The ease of counting in multiples of 5/10 being a direct consequence of the decision to use the base10 decimal system).
Yep! This completes the cirle
Perhaps this would make it more clear
in Base 14 system
7 x 1 = 7
7 x 2 = 10
7 x 3 = 17
7 x 4 = 20
and so on ...
( where 10 would have represented the count from 1 to fourteen ,
and 14 would represent Eighteen )
The question is ..Would we have selected decimal counting system if we had fourteen fingers
dinesh & bbird
good discussion.
cheers
Hi Vijay
Thanks to you ! Cheers and all the best for your placements !
R1 admit
bbird
all the best
cheers
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