The Human Calculator on History Channel with Scott Flansburg

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#1 9 January, 2016 - 22:15
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The Human Calculator on History Channel with Scott Flansburg


Scott Flansburg has a new TV show on the History Channel that aired tonight:
history.com/shows/the-human-calculator

Did anyone see it?

10 January, 2016 - 15:39
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Watch it online here:
history.com/shows/the-human-calculator/season-1/episode-1

11 January, 2016 - 02:35
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Unfortunately, doesn't play in The Netherlands :(

I like his style. the way he shows kids that mental calculation is not that difficult.

14 April, 2016 - 17:55
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I just went to watch it now, and it looks like it isn't online any more. :/

14 April, 2016 - 19:37
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Hi Josh and everyone on this topic,

I would also like to watch that episode on Scott. But apparently there seem to be some copyright issues with many unauthorized broadcasts of Discovery or History Channel in Youtube. Especially, outside USA.

So, you can instead watch Scott's most recent 23-min interview on Nelson Dellis' "MIND SHOW - Scott Flansburg // The Human Calculator:" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y_MMK9Gkq0 (posted in March 2016, last month)

I met Scott in Magdeburg in MCWC2010 about 6 years ago,
he's a great guy and has awesome methods especially on auditory/speaking calculation. And it's a bit important to note that Scott is undoubtedly the most popular (famous) living mental calculator in the world and a great ambassador for mental arithmetic and mind sports in general. So his interviews alway contain useful thoughts and news. Having said that, I was lucky to compete against him. I also wrote in another memory forum (in Boris Konrad's Brainboard) about my experience of competing against Scott http://www.brainboard.eu/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=3502&sid=0f6edee5764...
and about some of Scott's unique auditory/speaking skills, which are featured in several shows and publications over the years.

Regards,
Nodas

15 April, 2016 - 14:27
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Thanks for the links. I just searched YouTube and it isn't there either. I wonder why they would completely erase the show from the Internet. Even the original announcement page is gone. :/

23 April, 2016 - 08:55
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Nodas wrote:

he's a great guy and has awesome methods especially on auditory/speaking calculation

Nodas, can you tell me more about that?

31 May, 2016 - 11:43
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Hi, Kinma. I don't understand your question exactly. But, I'll try to elaborate.

I have met Scott twice (in MCWC 2010 and MCWC 2014) and my opinion is based on that. Scott is doing mental calculation since 1988 and he's totally legit.

I mention this, because sometimes, the audience is dubious at TV shows where people are performing on stage or in superhuman documentaries. But Scott's case is well documented, and personally I have never met another person speaking faster than Scott. (when he is uttering the English numbers)

So, in my opinion (again), Scott's World Record (on 2-digit spoken addition starting from a given number) is a combination of both fast speaking and mental addition.

Hyperfast speaking per se, is an extremely complex activity because there are so many muscles in the face, which are needed to operate together. And these movements consequently, require a quick motor cortex for the coordinated superfast movement of the face muscles. Motor cortex is located in the frontal lobe near the auditory cortex and near the language areas (Broca & Wernicke). So I guess all these brain areas have to work extremely smoothly in order to achieve such quick rates of speaking.

Nodas

13 June, 2016 - 11:26
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Thanks, Nodas, for the elaborate reply.

As you can tell, I am fascinated by mental calculators. There are not many of them and not a lot of people can explain what they do.

I am friends with Willem Bouman and If you ask him how he does a 2x2, he will explain that he just has them memorised. All of them. And I believe him. Frustrating as it is for me, who needs to actually calculate them!

Great to hear about Scott Flansburg.
He indeed seems sincere on videos, and I don't know anybody who can speak faster.

5 July, 2016 - 02:30
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Hi again Kinma.

I have competed and talked with many mental calculators. And almost all of them, had to calculate 2x2 digits if needed; except for a very few cases such as W. Bouman (NL) , R. Fountain (GB), N.Ogasawara (Japan), Granth Thakkar & Parashkumar Shah (India) and G. Newport (USA) whom I found them to be so familiar with the 100x100 times table, which is now probably memory recall for them.

But even with memory recalling and typing/writing of 3 or 4 digits they still probably need 1" or 2" seconds to present that 2x2 result. (includung Willem). I practice sometimes with a program called "Speed math", and my record is 3.7 " on average of 15 trials of 2x2 digits. (another 3.92"screenshot). Probably, I need 3" seconds to calculate each task and the other 1" to type down the results. Some are easier, some harder, that's why I calculate a batch of them and then take the average. In that screenshot my faster was 1.6", my slowest 5.8". Doing 15 such tasks in a minute, is just practice and this is not needed for a specific MCWC task. But speed in 2x2 always helps in various ways. And also 3x3 practice helps, my training record there is 12.34" (screenshot, average of 15 random trials). But in that program I usually only calculate without the criss-cross method in order to make things harder. Criss-cross is easier on paper.

Some Japanese or Indians can probably do a 3x3 digit task in 4 or 5 seconds (including typing). But personally I have never practiced with an Abacus or Soroban. So I use more crude methods, which seem very intuitive to me. (and algorithms like difference of squares or factorization shortcuts seem to me much more fun than criss-cross)

About meeting mental calculators, in 2 months there is the MCWC 2016 in Bielefeld (23-25/Sept/16) with 40 mental calculators from 20 different countries, competing.

If I remember correct, you are from the Netherlands. And Bielefeld (in Germany) is only 120 km away from the Dutch border. So you can consider visiting us there.

True that not many mental calculators share their secrets. But sometimes these secrets cannot be explained in a single forum post or a conversation or even a whole book . The only common factor we all share, is our love for numbers and their truthful relationships. But everyone has a different perspective to get the correct answers.

As a Roman proverb says:

Quote:
All Roads Lead to Rome

So if Rome is an analogue for the true math answer, then there are many correct roads to lead you there. Some slower, some faster.

Nodas

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