How you think, friends without benefits, guest philosopher Mykl joins me for a discussion on the separation of church and state, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

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My friend and fellow Philosopher joins me today for a quick discussion on separation of church and state, where he takes the stance of how much it’s needed and I try to convince you to support a government mandated religion.

But before that, I ask the question: What is 8 + 5? But it’s not the answer of 13 I’m looking for, it’s how you arrived at that answer. If you arrived at the answer of “d” (which is also correct) — let me be clear — I’m talking about base 10 basic math that children learn early in school, also you’re a smart ass.

So, how did you come up with the answer? Did you memorize it? I had to memorize multiplication tables as a kid, so I know 9 x 9 is 81, 7 x 7 is 49, etc. So I don’t understand the actual math, it’s just memorization. I may have memorized the basic addition tables too, but I don’t recall them anymore (honestly, I don’t recall all the multiplication ones either).

Did you use your fingers to start from 8 and count the remaining 5 (or did you do that in your head … 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 13)?

Maybe you thought to yourself, I know how to add fives together, so you took that 8 and made it a 5, added it to the other 5, then added back the 3 you took away.

Or you thought, 8 + 2 is 10, and I know 10 + 5 is 15, and it’s easy to subtract 2 from that to get 13.

Or, bear with me on this one, you knew that 8 is really 2 + 2 + 2 + 2, which is four 2’s, which is the same as 4 x 2. Then you were like, hey, there is a 2 and a 3 in that 5, which is really like 2 + 2 + 1. So that means I actually have the original four 2’s and I have two more 2’s, which is six 2’s. So I can take the 6 x 2 (because I memorized multiplication tables) and get 12, then add the extra 1 I have from the original 5.

There is nothing wrong with any of these methods, it just depends on how your brain thinks about numbers (and that last example makes the most sense to me). It doesn’t matter how you arrive at the answer, but it is important how you got there.

If you got the correct answer, but your methods were flawed, then you just got lucky and will walk around the reminder of your days ignorant in the fact you have no idea what’s going on around you (which can be absolute bliss if you ask me).

But if your methods are strong, even if you got the incorrect answer, you can go back over your process and determine where you went wrong and then learn something from it and be better next time. The answer is just a byproduct.

The answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42 — and that’s not very helpful at all.

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This is episode s10e14(379) for Monday, April 10, 2017 and clocked in at 23 minutes, 50 seconds