Posts tagged "learning"

Can humans grow up in zero gravity?

Gravity seems to be our first and most important teacher. Patient, consistent and always present. Children can learn cause and effect through it. What happens if I lift an object and let go? Over and over again. On repeat. Always the same thing.

When we think about life in space. Can we raise children there? Can children grow up in zero gravity? Can they develop their mental abilities without having this teacher around them? Or will they develop in other ways? A different kind of logic?

Learn how to walk

Learn how to walk. Literally. When I observe people how they walk I notice that everyone walks differently. This is great, it allows one to recognize friends from far away. But it is also bad: some types of walking and posture is worse for you than other. Especially because you are probably walking the same way your whole life.

We are never really taught how to walk. We learn on our own. It is one of first things we learn. And everyone around us is so happy that they forget to help us improve our walk. And we, based on our first steps we did by chance, extrapolate to walking and get used to it. For long our body tolerates any way we are using it, but through years we might suddenly discover that it cannot anymore. But then it is too late.

While others help us with other things we learn (for example, talking, you will get feedback if you talk incomprehensibly, or too loudly), for walking we have to do it ourselves. So stop just repeating steps you did as a child and start walking your grown-up walk.

Why programming is like writing poems?

When friends ask me how they could improve their programming skills I often reply that they should imagine that they are writing poems. How do poets improve their skill and quality of their poems? They read many more poems than they write. Reading what masters produced in the past can give you insights into ideas, patterns, and structure. When was the last time you went and read how something is implemented?

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