Dyslexia remains. Despite having 6+ years of doing NOTHING BUT MATHEMATICS, I am still dyslexic.
It won’t go away!!
About a week ago I had surgery and was taking Vicodin. For the most part I was coherent. But my dyslexic was rampant! I couldn’t tell you (correctly) if the item in question was on the right or left side of the closet. I would picture it in my mind and know exactly where it was and then I would say the opposite. Over and over and over. left, right, left. It got to be so common that my parents stopped even asking me for a correction. left. They would just throw out that piece of information as worthless.
So, yes, while conscious dedication has vastly decreased the number of dyslexic errors from an egregious 10% in high school to a more modest 1-2% in my dissertation research there are some things that will always be embarrassing…
1) I’ve been using Matlab actively for the last 6 years or so and in the whole of 6 years working with matrices I have never *ever* bothered to really learn if [1,2,3; 3,4,5] produces a 2×3 or a 3×2 matrix. Like, if a matrix A has size 3 x 8 and I want the first column vector, does that mean I should use A(:,1) or A(1,:)? Turns out the former is the correct notation. But who cares?! I just guess and check every time.
2) Regularly writing points as (y,x) instead of (x,y). And I plot it wrong. Several years ago I made a worksheet for a course that was just learning to plot points. I made a picture- a house- and gave them the points which they had to connect to “draw” the house. No, it wasn’t my intention to have the class draw rubble…
3) Then there was the time when I was standing in front of my colleague/mentor and confidently wrote an epsilon (ε) instead of 3. And, upon further consideration, I didn’t notice my mistake.
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