[Haskell-cafe] Are there any female Haskellers?
wren ng thornton
wren at freegeek.org
Sat Mar 27 17:53:47 EDT 2010
Alberto G. Corona wrote:
> because math abilities are not a -primary- reason for survival.
> Tools engineering and mastering is.
I don't see the difference. Being able to use a lever, wheel, pulley,
fire,... is obviously helpful for survival. But "intellectual tools"
like mathematics, logic, and computer science don't bear any particular
relation to physical tools. If someone's adept at using hammers,
pliers,... there's no reason to suspect that they'd be adept with
reasoning puzzles. And just because someone's good at category theory is
no reason to suspect they'd be able to repair a car.
Do not be misled by the fact that CS departments are often lumped in
with engineering. For that matter, do not be misled by modern
engineering which bears little resemblance to any tool-using
evolutionary advantage that may have molded homo sapiens.
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