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Date: 01/08/12 11:32 AM

19 Responses to Amazing Abacus Math Genius Kids

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    January 8, 2012 at 11:36 am
    Link: Amazing Abacus Math Genius Kids - Incredible Japanese whiz kids are human calculators.
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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
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    January 8, 2012 at 11:49 am
    Waste of time. They could have become geniuses at something useful with all that wasted time.
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    January 8, 2012 at 11:49 am
    Well dear Occident,we are screwed.
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    skytz1337 Male 18-29
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    January 8, 2012 at 11:51 am
    ...and thats why japan rulez everyone at tech
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    WeePee Male 18-29
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    January 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    i bet my TI89 is faster.
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    thirrteen Male 40-49
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    January 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm
    F uckin` overachievers...
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    metalhannes Male 18-29
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    January 8, 2012 at 2:41 pm
    That`s an impressive but completely useless feat.
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    Justin9235 Male 18-29
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    January 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm
    Or you could use a calculator. Next time you want to beat your children to greatness Japan, choose something that you can`t buy a cheap appliance to do for you.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    January 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm
    Wow. I had a Japanese girlfriend who would occasionally do the abacus thing with her fingers (when discussing tax returns, for instance). But it was nothing like this.
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    gelandangan Male 30-39
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    January 8, 2012 at 6:20 pm
    :LillianDulci
    You mean geniuses at math?
    yeah that`s a waste of time, i`d rather sit all day and surf the internet...
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    January 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm
    My wife had to learn the abacus so she could teach it to a blind kid. It`s pretty amazing what you can do with them. She even showed me how to extract square roots.
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    ihurtmyself Male 30-39
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    January 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm
    nice.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    January 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm
    I can calculate the first 8 million digits of pi in the time it takes to watch this video. Top that Japanese wiz kids.
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    agamemnon Male 18-29
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    January 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm
    "Math geniuses" prove new theorems. This is a complete waste of time.
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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    January 9, 2012 at 5:56 am
    It`s not really "genius" if it`s something any child can be trained to do. I don`t really find anything impressive about kids who can perform a skill that they are taught and practice for hours a day.
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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
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    January 9, 2012 at 6:47 am
    "You mean geniuses at math? "

    They`re not geniuses at math. They`re geniuses at doing large calculations quickly without a calculator. The rest of us can do those large calculations with a calculator in approximately the same amount of time. It`s more impressive to watch them, sure, but that time could have been spent doing something that`s actually beneficial and not something that your average person with a calculator can do in approximately the same amount of time.
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    Steelgrid Male 30-39
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    January 9, 2012 at 10:58 am
    You cant be a human calculator if you are using a tool to help....

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    Caretta Male 18-29
    540 posts
    January 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm
    OK, I was about to add a snarky comment about the abacus being a calculator...but that`s actually pretty awesome.

    It`s cool that they have a way to readily associate numbers in their mind with something physical, instead of just the pure abstraction of symbols. Abacus school could be pretty useful for a lot of students.
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    Veneni Male 13-17
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    January 11, 2012 at 11:41 am
    Always sad to see once again math := adding up numbers. Now go proove Fermat`s Last Theorem with them!

    So much this:
    ""Math geniuses" prove new theorems. This is a complete waste of time."

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