Subject: Re: "Choose the Right Language" in "Tutorial" by Norvig and Pitman
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2002 00:08:23 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Kenny Tilton <>
| My theory is that theory is cool, but better answers come from listening
| to the problem.

  The theory is the result of listening to the problem.  When the theory
  acquires a life of its own because some people like it more than the real
  world, all kinds of uninspiring, uninteresting things happen, so the key
  is _both_ to listen to the problem and to study the theory.  But always
  remember that just as much theory is bunk as there are buggy solutions.
  There is nothing more wrong with "theory" than "solutions" -- both their
  quality and their applicability are orthogonal to their existence.

  In a fight against something, the fight has value, victory has none.
  In a fight for something, the fight is a loss, victory merely relief.

  Post with compassion: