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Those who want to read the speech the above Feynman quote is from can find it online as well.

It isn't as simple as just saying to experiment. It is a lot (as Feynman says in the longer speech) about maintaining a conceptual integrity from which you learn through experience what to pay attention to, what is essential, and what is probably not. Programming is a little different from science in this. In science we have no good preconceptions available of how things should be. In programming there is likely to be documentation on how things were intended to be (they might not have wound up that way, but that is another story).

But still, without a solid mental model of why we do the actions that we do, we are likely to repeat actions by rote which make no sense out of their original context, and we will miss obvious ways of doing things simply because we have no way to even understand that they make sense. So try to understand what you are working with. Don't wave bamboo because it looks like what you saw. Understand what you saw and then act according to your best understanding.


In reply to Re (tilly) 1: The first cargo cults by tilly
in thread The first cargo cults by jepri

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