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(ieee spectrum)   Freud thought the unconscious mind was constantly contemplating sex. Now we know it's actually doing math   (spectrum.ieee.org) divider line 44
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2012-11-12 05:51:13 PM
One tit and one more tit equals two tits.

By jove, he's RIGHT!
 
2012-11-12 05:51:54 PM
I was told there would be no sex

/*sob*
 
2012-11-12 05:53:02 PM
Everyone knows it's the CONSCIOUS mind that constantly contemplates sex.

Silly Freud
 
2012-11-12 05:58:02 PM
Maybe it's thinking about both. Have you seen the number 0? Kinky thing is justing asking for it. Leaving a opening right in the middle. Just tempts you to do something.
 
2012-11-12 05:58:10 PM
Both of my minds are contemplating sex 24/7!
 
2012-11-12 06:01:45 PM
Came looking for "fark math, I'll be a stripper.'' Left disappointed.
 
2012-11-12 06:28:45 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I was told there would be no sex

/*sob*


Crud. I came here to say that. Well done.
 
2012-11-12 06:29:56 PM
I often find myself contemplating poles and zeros.
 
2012-11-12 07:09:47 PM
Anyone who is surprised like the author is simply not educated enough to form a valid opinion on the subject.

It's long been known and exploited that your brain is faster than your mind. It's the freakin' basis of speed reading. It's also well established that your brain alerts you to weirdness as a priority. A single wrong ripple in a flowing river full of similar ripples could be the only warning you get of crocodiles lurking.

The only new information is that it doesn't seem to work as fast with addition. Maybe even the brain is bored with simple addition problems.
 
2012-11-12 07:47:06 PM
Sometimes I do math in my head when I'm out for a run. Seriously, don't know why, but it keeps my mind occupied. Sometimes it's calculating lap times and dividing it into segments, sometimes it's a lot more advanced.
 
2012-11-12 07:48:08 PM

doglover: It's the freakin' basis of speed reading.


Speed reading is strange. You don't notice the words as much as visualize the ideas while you're reading it.
 
2012-11-12 08:12:21 PM

Fo Shiz: Came looking for "fark math, I'll be a stripper.'' Left disappointed.


Oh, OK, If you insist:

i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-12 08:18:40 PM
I now have reason to believe that Freud suffered from Sexlexia.
 
2012-11-12 08:24:25 PM
I dream of having sex with math teachers. IN YOUR FACE, DOCTOR FREUD!
 
2012-11-12 09:34:39 PM
Citation please.
 
2012-11-12 09:44:17 PM
I don't know. I'm skeptical. Something about this story just doesn't add up.
 
2012-11-12 09:48:47 PM

RedPhoenix122: doglover: It's the freakin' basis of speed reading.

Speed reading is strange. You don't notice the words as much as visualize the ideas while you're reading it.


Right? I love it. Better than a movie.
 
2012-11-12 09:59:30 PM
dicks are numerators
pussies are divisors

together they are multipliers
 
2012-11-12 10:16:18 PM

RedPhoenix122: Sometimes I do math in my head when I'm out for a run. Seriously, don't know why, but it keeps my mind occupied. Sometimes it's calculating lap times and dividing it into segments, sometimes it's a lot more advanced.


i used to try to do multiple basic math calculations (and all sorts of other distraction things) in my mind to keep the steady flow of unwanted assorted shiat from being in the forefront of brain theater. finally had a breakdown at 38, got help, diagnosed bi-polar and a whole grocery list of not well. very thankful for dedicated medical professionals, pharmaceuticals and wifes insurance company that has spent a fortune on fixing me.
 
2012-11-12 10:21:15 PM

KrispyKritter: RedPhoenix122: Sometimes I do math in my head when I'm out for a run. Seriously, don't know why, but it keeps my mind occupied. Sometimes it's calculating lap times and dividing it into segments, sometimes it's a lot more advanced.

i used to try to do multiple basic math calculations (and all sorts of other distraction things) in my mind to keep the steady flow of unwanted assorted shiat from being in the forefront of brain theater. finally had a breakdown at 38, got help, diagnosed bi-polar and a whole grocery list of not well. very thankful for dedicated medical professionals, pharmaceuticals and wifes insurance company that has spent a fortune on fixing me.


Heh, I do that driving cross country. Constantly calculating ETA and mileage to road sign cues. Hey, Oklahoma's a long farking state.
 
2012-11-12 10:27:18 PM
I know I once woke up scrambling for paper and pencils because I'd figured out how to get a bit farther in a q-mech homework problem...

Only once, though.

/Also, I hate equation dreams.
//If they were useful equations? Yeah, that would be nice.
///Repetitive strings of complete gibberish sliding through my mind in place of a dream tends to make me feel tired when I have them, though.
 
2012-11-12 10:35:49 PM
Here's a useless (?) math game:
When walking down the street, add up the digits on the licence plates of passing cars. Gotta do it fast. In fact, with practice it seems easier to 'let' the answer come and not block it by thinking.
 
2012-11-12 10:47:28 PM
The unconscious mind is responsible for performing all sorts of rote memory associations and only few of them are well connected enough to come into conscious perception. Most of them involve classifying things as good or bad (essentially a "moral" viewpoint that can be more elaborate) and then using simple inference rules like bad things cause bad things. Today some people deep down initially react to Romney as a liar or blacks as dangerous parasites.

Of course the math tables used for mental addition and multiplication are in the unconscious which is where they are accessed from, but the strange thing is that they have no emotional content.

Mental math, such as multiplying 2 2 digit numbers. is often seen as a prototypical example of conscious reasoning, however it is a vast aberration. Almost all conscious reasoning does not proceed by deductive rules but instead is an effort to find justification for whatever the emotional prejudiced unconscious feels is right.
 
2012-11-12 10:56:10 PM
Combine this with the "Math causes physical pain" thread from a few day s ago, and things might get interesting . . .
 
2012-11-12 11:05:20 PM

HairBolus: The unconscious mind is responsible for performing all sorts of rote memory associations and only few of them are well connected enough to come into conscious perception. Most of them involve classifying things as good or bad (essentially a "moral" viewpoint that can be more elaborate) and then using simple inference rules like bad things cause bad things. Today some people deep down initially react to Romney as a liar or blacks as dangerous parasites.

Of course the math tables used for mental addition and multiplication are in the unconscious which is where they are accessed from, but the strange thing is that they have no emotional content.

Mental math, such as multiplying 2 2 digit numbers. is often seen as a prototypical example of conscious reasoning, however it is a vast aberration. Almost all conscious reasoning does not proceed by deductive rules but instead is an effort to find justification for whatever the emotional prejudiced unconscious feels is right.


Math has no emotional content in your mind? Weird.
 
2012-11-12 11:41:23 PM
What about the mathematical calculations done in the background by a field goal kicker before the kick?
 
2012-11-12 11:48:51 PM

herrDrFarkenstein: KrispyKritter: RedPhoenix122: Sometimes I do math in my head when I'm out for a run. Seriously, don't know why, but it keeps my mind occupied. Sometimes it's calculating lap times and dividing it into segments, sometimes it's a lot more advanced.

i used to try to do multiple basic math calculations (and all sorts of other distraction things) in my mind to keep the steady flow of unwanted assorted shiat from being in the forefront of brain theater. finally had a breakdown at 38, got help, diagnosed bi-polar and a whole grocery list of not well. very thankful for dedicated medical professionals, pharmaceuticals and wifes insurance company that has spent a fortune on fixing me.

Heh, I do that driving cross country. Constantly calculating ETA and mileage to road sign cues. Hey, Oklahoma's a long farking state.


I do that too! Never heard anyone else say that. It started when I was @ 9 and my family moved from IA to MD - a loooonng ride with my 3 younger sisters.
 
2012-11-12 11:52:30 PM

bronyaur1: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I was told there would be no sex

/*sob*

Crud. I came here to say that. Well done.


This isn't a marriage!
 
2012-11-13 03:22:22 AM
Actually, mine is just plotting to smack this shiat out of some people. And if those people start bothering me when I'm almost asleep, I tend to smack them.
 
2012-11-13 03:28:56 AM
Can't I combine the sex and the math and think of threesomes?
 
2012-11-13 04:13:42 AM
when I had one of the worst migraines I've ever had....I had math going thru my head for hours until I could actually fall asleep
 
2012-11-13 04:25:06 AM
Okay so I guess I'm an idiot, but I've always thought when you're talking about the brain you've got conscious and subconscious. Unconscious is when you're passed the fark out. Subconscious is brain activity below the conscious level. I guess technically unconscious could be anything other than conscious...but eh.

Is it just me that thinks this?

/conscious
//conscious conscious
///like...is that even a real word, man
//contious
/consheeous
 
2012-11-13 06:36:30 AM

doglover: Anyone who is surprised like the author is simply not educated enough to form a valid opinion on the subject.

It's long been known and exploited that your brain is faster than your mind. It's the freakin' basis of speed reading. It's also well established that your brain alerts you to weirdness as a priority. A single wrong ripple in a flowing river full of similar nipples could be the only warning you get of crocodiles lurking.

The only new information is that it doesn't seem to work as fast with addition. Maybe even the brain is bored with simple addition problems.


I changed it. Read it fast and see if you can find the change.
 
2012-11-13 07:09:02 AM

HairBolus: The unconscious mind is responsible for performing all sorts of rote memory associations and only few of them are well connected enough to come into conscious perception. Most of them involve classifying things as good or bad (essentially a "moral" viewpoint that can be more elaborate) and then using simple inference rules like bad things cause bad things. Today some people deep down initially react to Romney as a liar or blacks as dangerous parasites.

Of course the math tables used for mental addition and multiplication are in the unconscious which is where they are accessed from, but the strange thing is that they have no emotional content.

Mental math, such as multiplying 2 2 digit numbers. is often seen as a prototypical example of conscious reasoning, however it is a vast aberration. Almost all conscious reasoning does not proceed by deductive rules but instead is an effort to find justification for whatever the emotional prejudiced unconscious feels is right.


That's because mathematical understand didn't emerge from our language or frontal functions, but our higher order spatial functions in the parietal lobe. That's why we bias counting with our hands, the primary means through which we act through space, which among other things led to the human predilection for base ten.
 
2012-11-13 07:51:53 AM
Right bow mines contemplating 75 minus 6, the square root of 4761, and how much time I should allot to my daily tapping routine.
 
2012-11-13 08:00:07 AM
Usually I have to do math during sex so I can prolong it for more than a few minutes.

Typically the times tables are done or forty minutes and then me shortly after.
 
2012-11-13 08:00:19 AM
Well, sex is the math urge sublimed.
 
2012-11-13 08:09:02 AM
The square of my root wants to integrate all over your hypotenuse.
 
2012-11-13 08:18:36 AM

KrispyKritter: RedPhoenix122: Sometimes I do math in my head when I'm out for a run. Seriously, don't know why, but it keeps my mind occupied. Sometimes it's calculating lap times and dividing it into segments, sometimes it's a lot more advanced.

i used to try to do multiple basic math calculations (and all sorts of other distraction things) in my mind to keep the steady flow of unwanted assorted shiat from being in the forefront of brain theater. finally had a breakdown at 38, got help, diagnosed bi-polar and a whole grocery list of not well. very thankful for dedicated medical professionals, pharmaceuticals and wifes insurance company that has spent a fortune on fixing me.


You being insane explains a lot about your posts.
 
2012-11-13 08:57:44 AM
My God! Douglas Adams was right!
 
2012-11-13 10:09:09 AM
No baseball?
 
2012-11-13 10:32:28 AM
I have the habit of adding phone numbers when I see them. On TV, in print adds, etc. And if it adds up to a double digit, I add those together until I get a single digit. So I see 1-800-555-5555 and I say alright, that's 8 (1+8+0+0+5+5+5+5+5+5+5=44, 4+4=8). And if I'm driving, I add every number I see on the back of a particular vehicle. Phone Number, licesne plate (I'll go as far as assigning numbers to the letters where A=1, B=2 and so on), zip code, street address, whatever. Now, don't get me wrong. I don't panic or have a meltdown if I don't get the numbers added up in time (car turns, TV add goes off, whatever). It's just something that I do.
 
2012-11-13 01:38:58 PM

St_Francis_P: I often find myself contemplating poles and zeros.


I prefer holomorphic functions, for the obvious reason.
 
2012-11-14 12:46:26 AM
I like numbers.

/Have been wanting to landscape the yard for years. Found a turf buy-back program with simple qualifications. 1'=$1.

//And let me tell you, Hoeing ain't easy.

///Just sayin'
 
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