dont disappear from us yet, this is a good place to ask for study advice / hw help... it really might help make the difference in your transition back to school.Thanks for all the replies.I have to admit I was afraid of math and science all during school. I wasn't a great student but I also had undiagnosed ADHD until a few years ago.I tried going back to school but I couldn't focus and felt like I was there for the wrong reasons. I grew up with parents who had no sense of imagination, logic, or critical thinking. I love them but I am nothing like them.Because of the problems I had growing up with undiagnosed ADHD I was constantly told I was either stupid or retarded.
I became interested in physics and math from my wife being almost a science junkie.It has become a huge fascination and passion for me.I read about it constantly and I for example I spent today watching a Richard Feynman lecture from the 60's.It's weird because I was and am still so full of self doubt but I am always surprising myself by how everyday I understand things that I never thought I would.I spend my work day dealing with customers who sometimes don't know their own phone number let alone how to turn an actual television on to channel 3 or a different input.
Not that I am an intellectual giant although I would love to be one.I think I mentioned before that I used to be a self help junkie and I let myself get sucked into a lot dumb crap looking for a quick fix.I guess part of my desire for math and physics comes partly from my anger over wasting so much time and money on hokum.
I am going to take your advice about community college classes and go from there.I have no plans to tell my family but I do have my wifes support and encouragement. You folks so rock.Thanks a lot
Not going anywhere I promise. Showing my appreciation. I was wondering about the farm equipment link as well
Yeah, it was a spammer - I reported it.
Btw, I'd like to warn you about one misconception that a lot of people have.
Let's suppose you go and take a math class at a community college, like an introduction (or re-introduction ) to algebra. Let's suppose you find it's more challenging than you expected.
At this point, some people think, "But I want to eventually take classes much harder than this - if I find this intro class is hard, I'll never be able to do advanced work!" And that's totally, totally wrong. You'll be challenged at *every* level as you work up. So don't be surprised when you have a bit of a struggle, and don't think that it makes you unqualified to do what you want to do.
Best of luck to you!
Yes, you should challenge this. It is a complete and utter lie.i heard someone that humans' capacity for understanding complex mathematics declines sharply the age of 30, but I want to challenge this notion. Matter of fact, I find this theory quite ridiculous and flawed.
Well, to be perfectly rational about it, it isn't a complete and utter lie. Studies do show a decline in cognitive ability as we age.
Well, to be perfectly rational about it, it isn't a complete and utter lie. Studies do show a decline in cognitive ability as we age. It doesn't just jump on us on our 60th birthday.
Where there is error in it is if people interpret statistics of a population as defining the experiences of an individual. i.e. the fact does not constrain william45.
Keeping your brain exercised mitigates the decline, but that does not mean the decline is not a factor in aging.While I appreciate your emphasis on accuracy, I am strongly of the opinion that much cognitive decline is purely from disuse (no, Sudoku doesn't count). If you start (or keep) doing mathematics and physics in your 40's, it maintains your mental abilities. A new language is good for this as well.
Also i don't think we know enough about the brain on the individual person to know when it starts declining. I am always amazed at my father who has the mind and body of a man in his 20's and he is late 60's has been a sprinter all his life and his intelligence only gets better by constantly reading and learning new things i think the brain is a muscle use or lose it applies here