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Comment author: RomanDavis 02 June 2010 04:05:20AM -1 points [-]

You want to... what? Change your brain so that you like programming more? Huh?

Riddle me this, sensei:

What type of video game would a computer programmer whose most sensual experience was programming computers?

That's right, he'd program computer games about programming computer games.

In the words of /b/:


Comment author: MugaSofer 08 January 2013 03:11:27PM 0 points [-]

Why on earth was this downvoted?

Comment author: RomanDavis 17 January 2013 03:38:41AM *  1 point [-]

Well, I still think it made a valid point about being careful about engineering humans and other optimizing.

What I said could be easily boiled down to "What's so great about programming?" To which one could easily reply, "What's so great about running from tigers?"

The point is that programming really is an awesome intellectual activity that could help the human race survive so we might want to maximize the sensuousness of that, but if someone just wants to code that's just as useless as wanting to run from tigers (If that, say lead you to find and taunt tigers.) or having a huge amount of sensuousness involved in running (If running doesn't help survival much.). Ideally, you want to engineer human minds so that they can focus with their full minds on their own terminal goals, which is a super hard problem.

But no one here seems to like it when I put things the way I did in the post. It may be a mental hygiene thing, trying to avoid the illusion of transparency. It may be that the tone is slightly antagonistic, although only in good fun. And it might be a dislike some members have for memes.

I stand by the post, but there's also some fuzzy thinking/ logical rudeness going on as sensuousness isn't the same thing as enjoyment.

Comment author: Nornagest 17 January 2013 04:04:02AM 3 points [-]

The 4Chan meme may have something to do with it.

Comment author: MugaSofer 18 January 2013 11:24:07AM -1 points [-]

Hmm. Is there some unspoken community norm against using internet memes? I found it quite effective, personally.