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October 31, 2009 5:57 AM Subscribe
What are your benchmarks for estimating/comprehending quantities? I'm terrible with magnitudes; if someone tells me that they weigh 85kg, or that they come from a city of 2 million people, this doesn't create a mental picture for me at all; they might as well be speaking another language. After a lifetime of being resigned to this, I've decided I'm going to familiarise myself with a list of benchmark quantities: my height, the height of my tallest friend, population of my city, etc. Help me compile a list of quantities I should be familiar with, and tips for learning to come to grips with quantities!
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For example, these are some of the quantities I'm going to familiarise myself with:
Population of Australia: 21 million
Population of USA: 304 million
Population of China: 1.33 billion (1,330 million)
Height of tallest friend
Height of short friend
Weight of buffest dude at my gym
Population of my city
Population of all cities I've lived in
GDP of Australia
GDP of major nations
Distance from my house to the corner shop
Distance from my house to work
Distance to other cities
Any quantities that you find useful, or tips for better visualisation, would be appreciated. Thanks!