[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.

Live well,

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