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Comment author: djcb 11 July 2009 10:06:58PM 3 points [-]

Excellent point.

SCIP is as far as you can get from 'Learn X in 24 hours'. It's about real thinking about a problem, and then coming up with some elegant solution.

A lot of 'real-world' programming is about programming in an as quick-and-dirty fashion as you can get away with. This book is most definitely not for that -- and is as irrelevant for rationalists as astrology.

This book, however, is about thinking, in terms of computation. And the reason for mentioning it here for 'rationalist purposes' is that I think that viewing the world in computational terms bring valuable insight, just like e.g. an evolutionary viewpoint does, or a bayesian.

Comment author: Curiouskid 15 May 2011 01:03:38PM 3 points [-]

"and is as irrelevant for rationalists as astrology."

Do you mean quick-and-dirty programming or this book?