Comments: A penny for your Thotian principle

Appears to be a "the Egyptians knew math before the Greeks did" sort of page. I've seen this sort of thing before, usually connected to pro-African politics. (Though if connecting Egyptian gods to mathematical concepts gets kids to learn math, I'm all for it.)

Posted by rikchik at July 20, 2005 09:58 PM

It should have actually read "Throatian principle."

This has to do with the human vocal chords and our ability to sing in ever higher octaves. First, you'll notice our vocal chords are split in two, one on each side of the Mariah Carynx. As we (or Mariah) push the limits of our own voices ever higher into octaves unknown, our vocal chords (or Mariah's) are continually halved (per octave!) in the amount of vibration they perceive...or receive...or sieve.

And therefore, inconclusion, we are better off now than we were before smallpox.

Look it up.

Posted by Tom at July 21, 2005 09:23 AM

I think Thotian means having to do with Thoth (the Egyptian god). I don't know how much forwarder that gets us.

Posted by ACW at July 21, 2005 10:24 AM

It looks like "Thothian" is another common spelling -- you get lots of creepy links by Googling either one. Most of those pages seem to be loaded with all kinds of pseudoscientific mumbo jumbo. He said in a completely nonjudgmental way.

The little "Thotian principle" applet on the page suggests that whatever they're talking about involves powers of 2. The only thing I know of that might be related is so-called "Egyptian Multiplication", which is a very nice method for multiplying a couple of numbers. And it does indeed involve powers of 2. It's actually kind of fun. It's explained pretty well here:

And if you're interested, you too can get one of their T-shirts! Buy It Now! Sadly, no pictures.

Posted by John at July 22, 2005 07:42 PM
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