It’s another Monday and it’s time to Share Your World! Melanie has the rules and the questions over at your place, in case you’d like to play along.
Pancakes, waffles or French Toast as your breakfast favorite? Yes. All three are so good I can’t choose between them.
Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become? Sometimes. Think of the Archie comics: Veronica Lodge is spoiled and pampered, Betty Cooper has to hustle for what she has, but you could give Ronnie Betty’s name and vice versa and it wouldn’t make a difference, except now Betty would be the brat and Ronnie would be the hustler. Ditto Archie and Reggie. Jughead? Jughead’s real name is Forsythe Pendleton Jones III… well, maybe in his case. Dilbert Doiley could be Marmaduke Mason (Moose’s real name) and still be a bespectacled nerd, but I don’t think "Dilbert Doiley" would fit Moose. This has gotten really weird…
But while I’m on the subject, how many people name their little girl Ethel anymore?
Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong? I think approaching things with the idea that there’s so much that’s right helps you cope more effectively with the things that are wrong, so I think we should start with recognizing the things that are right before attempting to tackle what’s wrong.
Is math something that humans created or something we discovered? Is looking at reality mathematically an accurate representation of how things work? I think math has always been with us in nature, and we just had to discover it. A Fibonacci series (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 etc.) can be seen when you look at the way sunflower seeds are arranged, and the Fibonacci series also leads us to The Golden Ratio. Archimedes’s constant is pi (3.1415926535…) which he found by comparing the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pythagoras came up with his theory about triangles and tuning musical instruments; Kepler charted the movement of the planets. But the seeds in a sunflower would be arranged the same way whether we had Fibonacci or not; the ratio of a circle to its diameter would be the same without Archimedes, and so on. Math helps us model what nature is doing anyway. So I do think that looking at reality mathematically is an accurate representation of how things work.
Gratitude: None of the members of my family (which is big and scattered all over the US) has come down with Covid-19.
And with that… see you in the funny papers!