Big Numbers Aren’t Working Anymore
For starters, no one is paying attention
In elementary school, we learnt how to count high. Our minds, once content to frolic in the relative safety of one, two, three… were suddenly exposed to astronomically sized integers — millions! billions! — and we felt on top of the world. “Oh, how many ants are there?” — a million!
In today’s world, many of us have developed a fair amount of immunity to large numbers. When I see a figure like $1,000,000, I think “That’s a lot of money”. When confronted with a billion dollars, I…