Thursday, January 15, 2009

Post 5 - Does size matter? An idea thought of from Cruse asking me a question.

Look at the map and determine an answer to the questions below.
1. Why are the locations on the map different sizes? What symbolically is the author telling us through this map? Pick a few locations and describe their differences in size.

18 comments:

  1. Different places are different sizes because one place may be physically or mentally bigger or smaller. For instance the sea of knowledge is more likely very large because there is so much knowledge known to man. Or it could be somewhat small because seas are fairly small because seas are a lot smaller than oceans!! No one will know if the doldrums are small or big because there is no thinking allowed in doldrums so if you tried to map it out and determine if it was big or not you would be thinking.

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  2. I agree with Michael the sea of knowledge could be huge because like our real world the world is made up of at least 70% water and going up because of pollution. Ya also i agree with Michael if you had your luck turn on you one day and you wound up in the dull drums you wouldn't be able to make a map a draw anything because that would be considered thinking.

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  3. Michael would the sea of knowledge be bigger or smaller you said both. I would say smaller because most seas are smaller than our oceans.

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  4. Cruse and Trent- Would the sea be bigger? Because in our world it is, but Milo is in a different world so would that apply? I do agree on the Dull Drums, because if you mapped it out, that would be considered thinking.

    Miss Bailin- Wouldn't the poeple in the Dull Drums be thinking? Because to move your body and talk, well it all takes brain work so would that be considered thinking? What do you think about the sea?

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  5. Michael, I like your point about the sea of knowledge and the size of it, although I agree with what Danielle said to Miss Bailin. She made a great point about thinking in the Dulldrums. So just think about it.

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  6. The author might be trying to tell the reader(s) that this place is more important than another. But I do not have any great ideas.
    -Emily
    Does size matter? Isn't thst an opinon question? hmmm... I wonder if it does matter or if it does not. It might matter to some people or it might not. I like Michael's comment and everyone else.Hmmm.

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  7. Ya Danielle i didn't think of that. But i still think that the sea would be smaller that the ocean.

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  8. Trent- I don't mean a ocean is smaller than a sea. I mean would the Sea of Knowledge be bigger like it is in our world or is it because of a different reason.

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  9. The size of a place could tell us something, but in some cases it would be an opinion. Like in the case of this book, the authors opinion is showed on the map. How she did the Numbers Mine makes it look the opposite of important. The writing is really small and it is a very small area that the arrow points to. The author might be trying to tell us numbers are not a huge part in her/his life or she/he is not interested in them. I wonder if size matters in this book.

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  10. yes Trent that's what i meant

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  11. I think the size of a place can tell how important it is to the head person. It can also tell how much of things there are in that category. It also has to be able to make sense and be fun with the book. As simple as this could get, it could just mean the size in population. Although size matters because what if King AZAZ found out that Digitopolis was larger than Dictionopolis. He would compete with the Mathematician. What would happen if King AZAZ stale numbers or visa-versa. Please try to answer my question if possible.

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  12. I like Bens idea. It could possibly be true that the bigger the location,the more important it is in the author's life. But that may not be true, because the Sea of Knowledge is huge, but so is the Doldrums and the Mountains of Ignorance.
    Sincerely,
    Ozzy Osmonkey

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  13. I don't think size matters on the map. First, Dictionopolis is written bigger than Digitopolis is. Both of those places deserve that same size of writing that the other.Next, the Island of Conclusions looks about the same size as Dictionopolis. The Island of Conclusions is tiny, and Dictionopolis is HUGE! Also, Expectations looks smaller than the Islnad of Conclusions! So I think the Size doesn't matter.

    ~Haley

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  14. I think Haley said it quite well.
    I think the author is symbolically trying to "tell' us something without actually telling us.

    Dani-I think that there are different levels to thinking. For example there is subconscious thinking that we do when we are asleep, but no one truly knows how it all works. Also, the thinking that it requires to move and hand to scratch an itch is different than the thinking that it takes to problem solve. Then there is also the basic functions of how our body works. For example, breathing is involuntary. This means that we are programmed to do it without thinking about it. It is different than voluntary actions. I believe that it depends on how you read the question. From my point of view (which is mine and I am not telling anyone else what to think, but Dani asked, so I shall share) I am invisioning thinking as an actual problem solving process or an active process of learning and remembering something. For example, Milo never really decides anything and he always wants to be doing something else and he find learning boring, so I think it is possible that this is foreshadowing to us the type of growth the chraracter should gain. He can already do basic things, but he is not actively engaging in anything meaningful, so it is setting a higher standard for what thinking is.

    Have you ever sat around all day and just watched tv on the couch? When you do this, you become quite tired and you really did 'nothing'. It is like the Doldrums because you are not thinking as an active participant in the learning process, so you become lethargic like in the Doldrums.

    I think the Sea of Knowledge is so large because there is a lot out there to learn, but learning it is just one step. Wisdom on the other hand takes time and more insight and many peole don't want to stress themselves out in this way and go through the thinking pains and failures this takes, so that is why this area is so small in comparison to the Sea of Knowledge.

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  15. I think size dosn't matter and if your small you are a baller. Like Spud Webb he was one of the smallest people that had ever played basketball and yet he was one of the best basketball players that played. Or Nate Robinson who is 5'9 and won this years slam dunk compition.
    ~Randy

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  16. I beleive you can't really say that a sea is small it may be smaller than a ocean but a ocean is giant ansd a sea can be big and lets say its only 30yrds shorter than the ocean you can't say that that is small at all if you think of it and i like what micheal said about how it is most likely to be big because it's the sea of knowlege and there is tons of knowlege known to the man kind species. I also think that size dosnt matter whether your big or small its the thought that counts and the size in the book dosnt really matter either to me. for example the shortes tall man was a regalar sized man but he had a point of being normal man that was short as a tall man and that shows whether your big or your small theres always a point to it.

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  17. and i have a question that could follow danis point. If you wernt really in the dull drums and you were walking around the edge of the dull drums you are alound to think because your not teknally in the dulldrums yet and if you had a long stick that would put something around the dull drums to figure out how big it is your not really braking thier law

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