In reading and writing numbers, three types of errors were identified using the Deloche and Seron classification (1982): (a) syntactic errors, which consist of the wrong assembly of the elements in the number string, for example, number “905” read as “nine thousand and five” or the spoken number “thirty thousand and 27” written as “327”
In reading numbers, most errors made by patients with degenerative lesions were syntactic (42.3%), followed by omissions (29.04%), lexical (17.0%), and subdivisions (11.6%).
Could this explain how Biden could read 200,000 on a teleprompter and say 200 million one day and 200 the next? That would be a classic syntactic error.
I don't know but it seems to me to be a question worth asking.
"VP Biden in 1988 had two aneurysms repaired surgically before the modern, most modern techniques came in. Studies have shown that there's up to 50 percent cognitive impairment long-term following those aneurysm repairs," he said."Also a matter of public record, former VP Biden has atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular heartbeat. He's on blood thinners for that. A major study called the Swiss Atrial Fibrillation Study came out about a year ago. Over 1,200 people studied. They found three percent per year, even if people were on blood thinners, ended up having silent strokes. And guess how silent strokes present — they present usually with cognitive impairment with faltering, with inability to think clearly." ...Atrial fibrillation also coincides with dementia, according to Hugh Calkins, MD, FHRS, FACC, FAHA, FESC, the Catherine Ellen Poindexter Professor of Cardiology and director of the electrophysiology laboratory and arrhythmia service at Johns Hopkins University."There are many studies showing an increased rate of all types of dementia in patients with [AF]," he said last year to Neurology Advisor.
As someone who has seen loved ones deal with cognitive issues later in life I am personally very concerned about Joe Biden based on what I have seen. If he is dealing with mental decline I don't understand why his family has allowed this to get this far.
As an American, it is deeply troubling if we have a candidate for President who may be in a condition of cognitive decline. This is especially true given the enormous challenges our nation faces right now. If there was ever a time when this country needed strong and determined leadership it is in 2020.
In this election every American is literally putting their life, livelihood, liberty and the legacy of the country on the line with their vote.
That is an awfully big bet to make on a 78 year old man who seems to have trouble knowing the difference between 200 and 200 million in a country of 328 million people.
Are we seeing strong and determined leadership, if in the middle of a campaign six weeks before the election, the candidate is still spending most of his time in his basement and he rarely takes an unscripted question from the media?
The first Presidential debate is scheduled for a week from today.
Joe Biden has proven to be an able debater in the past. After all, this is the third time he has run for President so he has a lot of experience on the debate stage. He also participated twice in Vice Presidential debates. Biden has been in politics for almost 50 years. He has much more experience on a political stage than Donald Trump.
However, it will be Joe Biden who people are going to look at most closely in that debate.
How worried should we be about Joe Biden?
That debate might give us an idea. Biden can lay to rest a lot of the questions I have posed above with his performance on that stage and the two scheduled debates that follow.
Will he be able to do it? Will more questions surface?
We will see.
My advice is to pay particular attention to anything dealing with numeracy.