card tricks & calculators

The sss-duh-diss-dix was easier than I thought it’d be. As they say `I am the operator with my pocket calulator’ (which, grammatically just don’t sound right to me, but anyway). I was pleased to follow all the little formulas, tap in the numbers (plug them in, as the textbook so funkily says) finish with a bunch more numbers that made little sense to me — and then check on the net — and had actually got them right. Amazing. i was terrible at maths in high school. i thought this legacy would follow me. But no — now i’m learning statistics, and getting a free tour of greek too: hmmm – it seemss I can’t easily reproduce these symbols on the spot … will look into it .. I think Amaya is good for that. There’s a `u’ with a bit hanging off it, an `o’ with a whacked out hairstyle – there’s lots of ’em.

unfortunately because of the schedule, there’s no time to dwell on what we’re actually doing – it’s just follow the recipes and keep the questions to a minimum. And frankly I’m sceptical about how much statistics actually get used in real life pschology practice. i get the feeling it’s tacked on to try and attempt to keep up some scientific aura, and when they really do need numbers crunched they either pull out the Excel, or get in a real statistician.

It reminds me of when i was a kid and out of some book I learnt this card trick. You’d ask the person to pick out a card, remember it then put it back in, then there was the whole series of manouvres, and somehow i’d end up with the card the person had. i didn’t understand how it worked, it just did. And then I forgot how to do it. That’s what stats reminds me of.

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