Less Wrong is a community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality. Please visit our About page for more information.

Nick_Tarleton comments on Sensual Experience - Less Wrong

13 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 21 December 2008 12:56AM

You are viewing a comment permalink. View the original post to see all comments and the full post content.

Comments (84)

Sort By: Old

You are viewing a single comment's thread.

Comment author: Nick_Tarleton 21 December 2008 06:33:15AM 8 points [-]

I feel like practice has allowed me to develop a modality for code (really, for informational relationships, control flow, and the like, which includes other things like Bayes-structure) which allows programming to be mildly sensual, and the richness of the aesthetic terms used by hackers makes me think this must be fairly common. Still, of course, not only is the sensation much weaker than anything I have natural wetware for, but the lack of a direct interface between the modality and the actual code makes the experience more like reading a good description of driving a motorcycle than driving a motorcycle.

Speculatively, maybe nerdiness involves a high ability to turn new things into sensual experiences. Jumping off from the point about sex, this could help explain the apparent higher frequency of kinkiness among nerds.

Comment author: taryneast 04 June 2011 05:59:20PM *  3 points [-]

... the point about sex, this could help explain the apparent higher frequency of kinkiness among nerds.

[Citation needed]

please :)