Another fine hallucination!

I “hallucinated” another fine experience encountering a college guy, this time at a bus stop, a graduate student who didn’t like McGill, because he thought it might be too cold.

He told me who Zheng He was, and was right, of course. He (not the admiral, but the grad) was carrying around that fat 1421 book at the time, which is an excellent idea, but he was actually reading it. What for?

Until I asked him to look in the book, he didn’t even know Admiral Zheng He’s name, the easiest Chinese name I can think of.  I hope he gets something out of that book.

That’s about all he could tell me about it, except that the vast armada of Chinese junks was called a “treasure” fleet, and got home the long way (going around the world), fortunately (though nobody appreciated it much), all of which I already knew, having seen the TV show.

He didn’t realize the show existed. He could have saved a lot of time and money by watching that, and it’s more entertaining than reading a book, especially if you’re paying attention, which he wasn’t, apparently.

Imagine reading all those words, and retaining nothing!

He wants to teach elementary school pupils, but nothing in particular, maybe math, and he doesn’t even know the Greek alphabet yet, or probably what it’s good for.

(It’s just a brief rhyming poem; you can memorize it in no time, and it doesn’t mean anything, but it’s good to know anyway. Maybe you’ll want to look up something someday in the Greek New Testament.  After all, Greek is the language it is written in, isn’t it? It’s hard to get your hands on the original version, or a decent dictionary for studying it, which is weird, don’t you think, considering how many people get mistaken ideas about it? This is Christians’ Bible I’m talking about! Mathematicians use that alphabet, too. The only problem is that you won’t find those keys on your computer.)

He thinks elementary students are too young for Euclid, trig, and maybe mental arithmetic. I disagree. Not to mention “speed mathematics”, which is actually just arithmetic everybody should use a lot in everyday life.

I bet he doesn’t know what “everyday” means.

He had no idea what the cosine laws of spherical trig were, not to mention knowing them, and hasn’t memorized the periodical table, nor is he likely to try.

This is a college graduate?

I’m just glad he didn’t say what college it was.

He probably thinks he made a very good impression on me, but that was just a pretense I usually do put into practice. After all, it’s not so much misleading as simply being a little over-respectful, or as it were, pleasant.

No harm in that.

Who doesn’t appreciate respect, right?


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