[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.

Live well,

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