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The Sound of Many Hands Not Clapping

Setting: University of Zurich lecture room.                                                           Cast: the speaker – a professor from America, the hosting professor and the            members of his lab, some hanger-onnerers, The BB, me.                                   Situation: The speaker has just concluded a talk about the cognition of arithmetic.

Suddenly a rumbling begins. It grows louder. It’s coming from inside the room. Alarmed, I look around. The members of the audience are banging their knuckles on their desks. Oh dear! I had thought his talk very interesting but these people are hounding him. Continue reading