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It's nice to have you back,

Thu, 09/17/2009 - 12:11
Bret Benesh (not verified)

It's nice to have you back, Matt. There was quite a bit of radio silence for a while there.

So I have a big problem with that website, but only with the picture that you posted. Michael Jordan was NOT a math major. He was a geography major. I think that he thought about being a math major for while when he was a freshman, but he switched out. I can't go around saying that I was a chemical engineering major, can I? That's what I thought when I was a freshman, but then I changed to math.

This is slightly more than me just being an up-tight basketball geek. I think that it is important to be honest with people, especially if you are in the process of persuading them to do something (like be a mathematician). Spouting half-truths is a good way to lose trust and interest, and, frankly, we don't NEED Michael Jordan to be a math major.

One last comment, this time only because I am an up-tight basketball geek: Michael Jordan was NOT cut from his high school basketball team. There was a rule that said only upperclassmen could be on varsity, and so he didn't play on varsity until he was old enough. This is different from "being cut."

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