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Hollywood’s math problem

A few days ago, I stumbled on a montage of video clips about hating math. Few things irk me more than when people brag about their inability to do math.

In scene after scene from mainstream Hollywood movies, characters talk about flunking, hating, or being bad at math. What irritates me most about this is that these attitudes appear in the world of the movies, in which scriptwriters mine human life for the bits that are most evocative, easy to connect with, or funny and true. For some reason, disliking math counts as character development.

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