Marieke, first off - you have been far better than Simen. You've been choosing your words in a much better manner. Makes a big difference.
I'm not sure either why Einstein's hypothetical neurological variations should be mentioned in a high school textbook either... Yes, it's important to understand important people in history, but is it really all that relevant to argue that Einstein might have come up with relativity because he *might have* had a neurological disorder? Speculations like that seem to belong more at the college level, imo.
Ummm, in Australia there is no "college" level. You go straight from high school to university. Anyway - the textbooks weren't purely about Einstein's neurological tendencies. It was much more general than that covering a wide range of his history both personal and otherwise. The class - through the encouragement of our teacher - discussed a great deal of it.
If he thought you were deliberately trying to mislead him he likely wouldn't bother discussing this with you but rather ignore you...
That's not something I usually see, Marieke. My experience is that people who disagree with me turn around and bite back along the lines of "prove it!"
If I were to argue that the US govt was behind 9/11, would you just believe me without me giving any evidence? Would you believe me if I said that my high school textbooks said so? Well then...
If there wasn't any evidence to the contrary - yes I would. Because there are a lot of things I wouldn't put past the US government.
It's also not smart to shout at someone who has put their fingers in their ears, as they're obviously not going to listen at that point anyway.
It's also an expression of frustration on my part, Marieke. And with the written word the options are limited.
I think he'd be more impressed with your resource if you were to give the title, author and edition of your textbooks, so he can look up what exactly they say.
I would if I could remember them. And even if I didn't I could go back to my old alma mater to see if they still had it - but it was closed in the early 1990's like a lot of high schools were around that time (and to this day I've always said that was a BS decision by the state government). Anyway - it is possible that because we had it in Australia there's no guarentee it would be available in other countries. Of course that depends on who wrote it - and because it was a non fiction text book the author was irrelevant.
Also, sadly I have to say that high school textbooks are not very useful resources... they tend to lack references to actual research and primary sources and often contain government propaganda. In some countries in some subjects this is worse than in others, but it seems to occur in all countries to some degree.
I fail to see why government propaganda would be used to affect a text on someone like Einstein. That would make no sense. If we were talking Australian History that would be another matter (I've got a doozy of an example there but it's off topic so I'll leave it). What would the teachers in the education system have to gain from warping information on Einstein? None.
I seem to recall a detailed bibliography at the end although it may have been an appendix. That I'm not sure of.
And how was he supposed to know you have a phenomenal memory? Truth is that the average person is really bad at remembering stuff correctly.
Marieke - a good rote memory is standard for an Aspie. Now if Simen isn't an Aspie, and is here because of a sibling or other family member - then OK fair point. But it appears to me that the vast majority of members here are Aspies. Hence my comment.
Did it say Einstein openly cheated with 6 women?
It stated that he had affairs. Numbers were not specified.
Did it say he's suspected of having Asperger's?
Of course not. AS wasn't known when I was at school. It stated that he was an eccentric with "bad social habits" - which is what started the argument I referred to earlier in this thread.
And divorce rates are related to adultery how?
HUH? I would have thought the connection was obvious! A spouse catching their beloved with another member of the opposite sex? Instant divorce!
If you're financially dependent on someone, you're less likely to get divorced over things like adultery than if you're financially independent...
That's the difference between the 30's and 40's and now. That was my point. Social penalties don't work anymore - so the divorce rates go up to compensate. Social penalties worked better back then so the divorce rates were low - along with what you said as well.
Einstein might have (apparently correctly) surmised that it wouldn't be bad for his, and hence not have cared.
And that's another example of a bad social call.
And for all I know, Einstein knew that he was the best and that people hence wouldn't care. That makes him an uncaring ****, not socially clueless. Look at people like Paris Hilton... they know they can do all kinds of things because they're rich, and love the attention from it... good or bad.
Hilton's a bad example because she's a spoilt brat who always found someone else to blame - and it finally caught up with her. And I think you'll find that back in the 30's uncaring arseholes and the socially clueless were more often than not one in the same.
This is better! I prefer debating with you, Marieke! You disagree agreeably!