The Innumerable Stories Behind an Infinite Number of Numbers

I know many of us writers are afraid of numbers.  We work and play with words, while numbers are for mathematicians, computer geeks and bankers.  But did you know that numbers can hold entire stories?

Apparently, this is clear in people with Aphasia, a language disorder that is often caused by a brain trauma and affects their ability to read numbers.  Sometimes they also lose the ability to recognise numbers unless they remember a personal story behind it, i.e. there is a contextual relevance.  For example, a man was unable to say the number 505, but he was able to say the number 504 because his first rally car was a Peugeot 504.  This got me thinking to how certain numbers in our lives carry with them certain stories that only we know about.

This video explains it all much better.  True, it’s a bit long, but Dr. Sarah Wiseman from UCL explains it really well, and it’s great for writers to see the story significance of numbers.

 

Vanessa

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2 thoughts on “The Innumerable Stories Behind an Infinite Number of Numbers

  1. Wow! Fascinating! I loved this video. Being a numbers person, I have much to think about. I remember reading a story about a man with short term memory loss who was taught to braid hair in one session with his therapist. At his next session, he was asked to braid hair and said he didn’t know how to do it. But then he was given the opportunity to do it and started doing it automatically, even though he didn’t know what it was called that he was doing. He couldn’t remember being taught to do it, either. Fascinating stuff.

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