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I have always been fascinated with numbers. I log my daily weight and running mileage. In October 2016, I posted a Blog on Twin Primes. You can still be the first to like it. It generated one sarcastic comment from my eldest son. The electronic age of social media is amazing because we now have official mathematical measures of how much we are liked and followed and we can influence those numbers. In my youth, popularity was tracked by anecdotal data like how fast your dance card filled up. As a high school freshman, my conduct was measured by a demerit card where students progressed through detentions to suspension as faculty members checked off various violations. That was the only Scavenger Hunt I ever won. Intelligence measurements were more precise but still flawed, e.g., IQs, grade point averages, and SAT scores. Athletics always had the purest reliance on raw numbers which doomed my biggest weakness to public exposure. I longed most for success in sports. We always crave what we do not have. If I traded some intelligence for more athleticism, I would undoubtedly regret it like characters who sell their souls to the devil. Despite being the type of person who loves a number culture, I always recognized myself as oddly obsessed. Now I am relieved, incredulous, and disappointed all at the same time to discover how consumed everyone seems to be with Twitter followers, Facebook friends, and WordPress likes. You can do anything with statistics. Donald Trump is numerically more liked than me to an overwhelming degree but he is also more hated. Most people know likes and followers do not adequately measure the quality of creative works or the worth of a person. Could someone calculate the exact number of people who know this?


22 thoughts on “Like This Post

    1. I knew it was dangerous to post a reference to Math where you could see it! I have spent the morning exploring the world of links. Mostly I was able to accidentally unfollow you (which I think I fixed) and get directed to 2020 posts of yours (which were a fun distraction). I did learn how to share a post on Facebook and hope I did not actually share Twin Primes there! I found my old post by typing Twin Primes in my search button and hoping that was the title of it (which it was). Roadtirement may have found it by doing the same thing or hitting the October 2016 Archive button and scrolling to it. Unfortunately it contains no information on the theorems and conjectures that probably interest you. But it reads as if I wrote it yesterday which is a testament to both my consistency and my lack of growth as a writer!

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  1. wait… what’s this about likes and followers do not adequately measure the quality of creative works or the worth of a person.

    I thought they did. that’s why I obsess over them so much.

    I have been badly informed…


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  2. Precisely why l switched off my visual likes in blog. Pitty l cannot switch them off in the Reader though, it is quite liberating when you do πŸ™‚

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      1. Hey Geoff, you learn a lot about how people view things …….. or not when you do it – it’s a real eye opener and has an effect on your sense of social balance, it goes after a while and you get used to it.


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