Wednesday January 23rd 2013
"Dyscalculia" is a mental disorder that
sometimes is called "numlexia." A difficulty with numbers, as
opposed to "dyslexia" which is difficulty with written words.
Of course professionals adhere to a theory that runs this way, "The more
complicated our words the more important we appear and therefore the
more contented we can become." Which is why I'll think
of the word "Dyscalculia" through the Greek and Latin where it
translates as "counting badly." And having wandered considerable
distances through literature on the subject of "counting badly" I am
able to say with some degree of confidence that "I am dyscalcic."
Which is not actually a word that you'll find written anywhere
respectable, unless you also share with me that other mental disorder of
Quite why I spend more time than is healthy casting an oar into the
incredibly long list of mental disorders, I am not certain I really wish to
know. It becomes the mind's equivalent to a medical encyclopedia,
through the pages of which it is easy to wonder and come away determined to
do something useful in the two days of life or sanity which remain.
The alternative of course is to pretend there is nothing identifiably wrong
with me, that I am the standard by which others should be compared.
It's philosophers and thinkers, God and his priests, scientists and their
students who struggle with the view that all things within the
panoply have a reason or a 'because' attached to them. Which is a
disorder you can call 'intellect' if you wish to.