1. Arithmetical inconsistencies

The title “ One in four Britons will get cancer “ shows us that 25 per cent (one in four) of the            Britons will get cancer but according to Macmillan figures 42 per cent will develop cancer  so almost the double.

The Macmillan cancer support claims that 42 per cent of the  British folk will develop cancer these are statistics from this year and  statistics from 30 years ago show that is was 32 percent according to Macmillan cancer support. So the increase is just 10 per cent each 30 years. According to the text  almost at the end the illness is expected  to double in the next 20 years whereas it  increases just 10 per cent every 30 years  according to Macmillan cancer support.

2. Justified or not ?.

1. “More than one in four Britons will get cancer…“ (No evidence given)

2. “The numbers affected by the devastating disease have increased by more than a third in ten                         years… “ (No evidence given)

3. “Figures obtained by Macmillan Cancer Support show 42 per cent  of us will develop cancer…“  ( source : Macmillan Cancer support )

4. “Experts blame lifestyle factors such as obesity, excessive drinking and smoking for rising levels of the disease. (No evidence given)

5. “ There are currently two million people in Britain with the illness and this is expected to double within the next 20 years. (No evidence)

3. Untrue Assumption

  1. “There are 2 million people in Britain with the illness“  the British population is 63.7 mil and  Macmillan cancer support  claims that 42 per cent  will  develop cancer. According to this  informations  almost 24 mil people in Britain will get cancer. That is a too high number to make sense.

4. Why might “people living longer“ cause of cancer?

In the past people died because of things we now just handle at home  like little cuts or cough.

Now those things  are not  life threatening  anymore  which increases our life time thank           antibiotics. Cancer develops  mostly in middle aged or old people  and it takes time to kill people. There are even people who  get over it and that makes the life time statistics increase even more.

5. Why might an increasing proportion of the population having cancer be a “good thing” in some sense. In what sense?

Actually the answer is in the question.To make it clear, the population is growing and as we can see many cities in the world are getting that much crowded that it gets unbearable to live in. The government tries to find solutions but  it  will never be enough because the population is faster in growing than the government is in finding solutions. Also  the facilities in popular cities are increasing so the rate of migration increases and it comes to the same point as it is mentioned before “ to crowd cities“ . This is where the “illness“ cancer comes in  as a “good thing“   it cant  get forbidden to move to better cities  or causing a crowd so people have  to die in  to reduce this in someway. This could be a positive argument  why an increasing proportion of the population having cancer might be a “good thing“ in some sense.


Discussion about the “Ishango Bone” and the “Lebombo Bone”

First day first class, the task which was given has been about the “Ishango Bone“ and the “Lebombo Bone“. We had to find out informations abou these two bones, informations which were answers for the questions ‚’what these bones were for ?, evidences for what they were for and 4 other questions which were based on criticision. We found out that bothe bones have been used to solve mathematical problems . Some theories claim that the ishango bone is the first evidence of the calculator or arithmeticall game. Another theorie ist that might be used as a calendar.The lebombo bone is also an old mathematical instument might be the oldest one, so older tha the ishango bone and looks similar to it. In addition to this, the Lebombo bone is still in use by some “Bushmen“ clans. Question 3 and 4 were about if the bones belonged to old or young people and to men or women ? We did not really come to concrete agreement after the discussion we had. Question 5 was connected with 3and 4 and was about why question 3 and 4 might be inappropriate to ask ? It is inappropriate to ask because we cant classify any mathematical instruments in categories like for whom they are. It´s possible that the “inventor“ was a women or very young little boy but that does not mean that it belongs to the same gender or age as the “inventor“ or “user “

My thought about the task , the task itself was not a relevant task to do on the first day but putting the whole discussion on a blog which belongs to us was a new experience for some of us and for me, too.

Sources: wikipedia