RE: Lisp, the secret weapon.

From: John Hall (
Date: Sun Apr 29 2001 - 14:44:48 PDT


This is the same argument you tend to hear for learning Latin. It won't get
you a job, except perhaps as a classics professor, but it will improve your
mind ...

John Hall:

Well, yes. But it is critically important to ask if the claim is true.
Latin and Greek were dropped in part because cognitive research showed that
they did not 'train the mind' and help teach you to think. Learning Latin
and Greek mostly just teaches you to read and write in those languages. The
domain knowledge doesn't transfer to, say, physics.

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