[Haskell-cafe] A different Maybe maybe

Lennart Augustsson lennart at augustsson.net
Thu Mar 8 04:29:09 EST 2007

It's not wasted time at all.  Discovering things is fun and  
interesting; it doen't matter if someone else has discovered it first.

On Mar 8, 2007, at 02:51 , Dan Weston wrote:

>> Congratulations!  You've just reinvented Church encoding.
> Do not let the multiple responses of how you apparently wasted your  
> time reinventing (or do they mean stealing?) something Church did  
> long ago dampen your enthusiasm to learn exciting things and then  
> share them.
> I for one am always eager to hear them, and am now reading up on  
> Church encoding so that I can sound as in the know as everybody  
> else on this list.
> The Nobel-prize-winning Richard Feinmann loved to rederive  
> previously discovered things. On occasion, he even managed to  
> invent new physical theories by finding flaw in them. I suspect he  
> might well have replied to you with somewhat more encouraging words  
> than others have seen fit to offer.
> Dan
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