Tuesday, January 31, 2006

I am now officially brainless

Well...not quite. I finally sat down and made all the changes to my project proposal. This was not in actuality difficult since all the changes were in formatting. This was the first paper that had to be strictly within APA format and I messed up in a few places. There is this one paragraph though that I want to rewrite and expand, but my brain is shut down. I've been trying to write the blasted thing for over two weeks. Do you think that this diet the doctor put me on (for high blood pressure not weight loss), has destroyed my little gray cells?

So, your job Mr./Mrs./Ms. Phelps is to attack the (very short) paragraph. This communication will self-destruct when the universe begins to collapse.
A test to show evidence of the containment schema and containment as class metaphor will be created for this study and will include a study of its reliability and validity during the spring 2006 semester. The basis for the test includes, but is not limited to, information from previous testing of metaphor and containments as reported by Jones and Estes (2005), Low, 2003; Graham (2003), Hampe (2005), Drodge and Reid (2000), and Langston (2002).

Good luck. Aren't you glad I didn't copy the whole paper? *grin*

7 comments:

Teresa said...

You got me... since I don't have the least idea of "containment schema" and "containment as a class metaphor" I don't know where to begin. *grin*

But even so - I had been thinking of going back to school... after reading this I don't think I'm smart enough. LOL.

MathCogIdiocy said...

Teresa - I'm desperately refraining from launching into a long explanation of schema, metaphor, and containment. Just think of schema as a script (like a going out to dinner script), metaphor in the same sense as in literature, and contaiment as in a container. Instead of describing a set as a collection of objects, think of a set as a container for objects. This removes the somewhat nonsensical idea of an empty set - what is a collection of nothing? Instean you have an empty container. I'll stop now.

I don't know where you get the idea that you're not smart enough to go back to school. OTOH you could really shake up the bastion's of liberality know as eastern universities. *grin*

If all else fails, remember dead Ed's advice - if you can't baffle them with your brilliance, dazzle them with your bullshit.

Teresa said...

*snork* I think I love Dead Ed.

OMG - let me think about the rest - it's a bad brain day. *grin*

MathCogIdiocy said...

I'll just give you a copy of my project proposal on Saturday. LOL

Harvey said...

Outside of being a little dry, it seems well-phrased enough. But it's a project, not a sonnet, so that's to be expected.

My only observation is this part:

a study of its reliability and validity during the spring 2006 semester

As phrased, it makes it sound like it's only reliable and valid during the spring 2006 semester, and it may be invalid during other semesters.

MathCogIdiocy said...

Harvey - What if I said -

A test to show evidence of the containment schema and containment as class metaphor will be created for this study. Reliability and validity studies of the proposed test will be conducted during the spring 2006 semester.

Is that more clear? Of course, I now need to rewrite the last sentence since I'm saying "the test" over and over and over. *bloody damn papers*

Harvey said...

Better :-)