[Haskell-cafe] Are there any female Haskellers?
wren ng thornton
wren at freegeek.org
Sat Mar 27 17:55:28 EDT 2010
wren ng thornton wrote:
> 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.
(That is, the difference between CS and mathematics. Conversely, I don't
see the similarity between physical tools and intellectual tools.)
> 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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