I had an interesting discussion with a bunch of people earlier today. Don’t really remember their names now. But we had an interesting discussion over beer any how. We started talking about the typical dalliances of running a startup, but as any hacker will tell you, such discussion inevitably end up being a wankfest over what languages are the best * It’s clearly Haskell /sarcasm .
This is particularly disturbing in my opinion. I see this as being part of a larger trend of what I think of as post modernism gone mad. Suddenly things like mores and ideals are exempt from criticism. This in my opinion is dangerous for the development of humans.
I’m not the most stellar of programmers — in fact I have stated on more than one occasion that I’m not a software developer. Software development skills are just a toolset for me to do things more efficiently (or lazily). I do have my thoughts on software development and engineering. I try to follow best practices but I’m not overly dogmatic over them. Somehow, this means I’m not qualified to comment on criticize certain things.
— Chewxy (@chewxy) February 23, 2013
I think it says a lot.
This problem is not limited to programming languages though. Somehow we as a civilization have lost the presence of mind to objectively criticize ideas. I had originally written a much longer piece, but the thought I shall leave you with are these more radical thoughts (these questions have measurable metrics that can be used to answer the question objectively):
- Why is it always the extremists who are wrong, not the religion/ideologies?
- Why is it always “you don’t get the art”, not that the art piece is objectively terrible?
- Are there such a thing as an objective truth? Can they be approximated with metrics?