Saturday, July 10, 2010

Update for and The Language of Mathematics: Introducing “420math” and “Math in Real life”

NOTE: If you are looking for the table of contents for the math videos see: The Language of Mathematics: Table of Contents.

Just tying up loose ends before embarking on this journey. The following should provide answers to many of the questions that have come my way over the last few months.

  1. Video Update

  2. Regarding this project and a message to those who support it

  3. Regarding

  4. Regarding exercises and solutions for The Language of Mathematics

  5. Introducing Math in Real Life

  6. Introducing 420math

1) Video Update

2) Regarding this project and a message to those who support it

To those who have offered their support for this project, thank you. Thank you for your support and encouragement.

This post should provide most of the answers that you have been looking for. Further information on how things are unfolding once I delve a little deeper. I apologize for the ambiguity but this is new territory for me and I’m going to try and remain as flexible as possible, or as Bruce Lee would say, “be water”.

3) Regarding

Those who have followed my work online know that even though math was prevalent and a major element of my site, was about a lot more than just math. That’s about to change. For the foreseeable future, what I produce will be almost entirely focussed on teaching The Language of Mathematics. I hope that you enjoy what is to come. I will return to a broader discussion and analysis of the world we live in once I am satisfied with the pace at which this project progresses.

4) Regarding exercises and solutions for The Language of Mathematics

A lot of people have been asking me about the exercises and solutions that were available for the math lessons. Unfortunately, they were taken out when my site got taken out, so they won’t be available for a while. Sorry.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that I’m going to look into the possibility of creating a dynamic system of exercises for each section, both to be sold as apps and to be available for free on the sites. I will provide further information on this once I get a better understanding of some of the logistics.

5) Introducing Math in Real Life

I struggled with the following for a long time: what do I call a website that will be about helping as many people as possible to learn math?

The specifics of why I chose (for now this domain name is being forwarded to will become evident as time progresses. The short answer is this, the most common question that I have been asked regarding the language of mathematics over the years has been: “When am I going to use math in real life?” That is, at least, the way I choose to perceive it. Unfortunately, more often than not, this question has come my way in the form of the following absurd absolute statement: “I’m never going to use this in real life!” Dealing with this erroneous perception proved to be one of the most interesting challenges that I had ever encountered.

It took me a while to learn how to provide answers to the question of math’s practical usage, but once I did, my students began to learn faster. They cared about what they were learning. They began to pay attention to the details, and they even began to recognize the occasions for which they had, could, and were already using math in their own lives.

This is what will be about: a site dedicated to teaching the language of mathematics to anyone that wants to learn how to use math in real life. Fun.

6) Introducing 420math

Our global continuation of America’s War on Drugs is collective insanity, hence, I have decided to join the battle to end prohibition.

Until prohibition ends, which, of course, is an inevitability, everything I do regarding “The Language of Mathematics” and “Math in Real Life” will be mirrored on (for now this domain name is being forwarded to This site will be dedicated to raising money for organizations that are working towards ending prohibition.

The following statement made by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on 29 July 2005 was the catalyst that gave birth to this project (emphasis added):

Today's DEA arrest of Marc Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and the founder of a marijuana legalization group -- is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement

“Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery's illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.

The above statement implies that Mr. Emery was targeted for political reasons, which, in turn, makes him a political prisoner. It also indicates that the DEA is interfering with the sovereignty of Canada, as well as interfering with the political process of the United States of America.

That’s the bad news. The good news is, per their statement, the DEA has told us what we need to do to prevent their meddling in the governance of our societies. All we need to do is to make sure that organizations that are working towards ending prohibition are amply funded. This will be the primary focus of 420math.

A lot more information on this project later. For now, to get things started as soon as possible, every math video that I produce for the foreseeable future will be tagged with a little request: that if you enjoy this work, to please support one of the following organizations. Videos produced during the last three years for Series I, II, and IIIa will also be re-edited and tagged to reflect this same message.



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