Subject: Re: command line shells
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2001 23:14:28 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* (Kaz Kylheku)
| Funny how some people have a one-shot trigger for accepting information.
| Why is it that he didn't reject what his professor was saying?  Is some
| statement A more true than a statement B, simply because A was heard
| before B?

  It appears that my current .signature applies a lot more than I thought.
  Indeed, many people believe the first statement they hear in some area,
  because there is no cognitive dissonance when there is no information in
  that area.  When a later statement comes along that corrects a previous
  statement, it does create cognitive dissonance, and many people have
  never been taught how to deal with that feelilng, so they merely reject
  that which causes it, instead of examining it.  According to the theory
  of cognitive dissonance, most people work hard to get rid of the feeling
  and completely fail to understand how it works or why they experience it.
  I have tended to believe that the ability to deal with this feeling in a
  productive manner is a mark of intelligence.

| After a typical undergraduate program in computer science, it takes
| several years of active research and thinking to expunge the bits of
| misinformation you have been fed among the good information.

  Unfortunately for me, I started the process of expunging the junk before
  I had finished my studies.  Working while studying to avoid student loans
  has the side effect of giving you real life experience prematurely.  That
  can just _ruin_ an academic carreer.

  The past is not more important than the future, despite what your culture
  has taught you.  Your future observations, conclusions, and beliefs are
  more important to you than those in your past ever will be.  The world is
  changing so fast the balance between the past and the future has shifted.