Subject: Re: What's up with #'?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 16 Nov 2002 21:17:03 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Chris Gehlker
| How does one develop such intuition?

  By actually being humble and showing real humility before the great task
  of learning, which in practice means a higher affinity for listening than
  for pronouncing opinions.  Ask questions to learn something specific and
  be open to surprises and all kinds of answers.  Stay focused on learning.
  The stronger you feel a need to make pronouncements, the longer it takes.
  The more you are willing to accept that other people know more about it
  than you do, the shorter it generally takes to learn it.  You did well to
  notice that we do not use "smell" in this newsgroup and backed off, which
  tells me that you easily accept corrections to your assumptions, it just
  needs to be applied a little more widely.  As long as you want to learn
  and make comments that exhibit your willingness to respect the very long
  history of the language and see ways to solve your problems rather than
  ways to create problems.  This actually applies to all programming, but
  for some reason, programming attracts people who have strong opinions on
  just about everything.  The key is to make them have strong opinions on
  things that matter, which is sometimes hard when they are busy having
  strong opinions on things that do not matter.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.