Re: Lisp, the secret weapon.

Date: Sun Apr 29 2001 - 17:19:18 PDT

John Hall wrote:
> Eugene.Leit:
> 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 ...

Eugene Leitl said no such silly thing. I *enjoyed* my Latin lessons.
They expanded my mind way beyond the point of tearing, letting the
universe in (speaking about mind-expanding, d00d). I owe my current
technical position solely to my Latin background. Heck, I rewrote
Medusa's asyncore loop in Latin, and it served the request even
before I submitted it!
> 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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