Designed for smart programmers

As for Arc, I think you actually get a
better language if you design for smart
programmers. Designed for smart
programmers: C, Smalltalk, Lisp. Designed
for “average” programmers: Cobol, Pascal,
Java. See a pattern here?

Paul Graham
Tuesday, December 18, 2001

2010.04.05 Monday ACHK

Philosophy

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What philosophy books would you recommend?

I can’t think of any I’d recommend. What I learned from trying to study philosophy is that the place to look is in other fields. If you understand math or history or aeronautical engineering very well, the most abstract of the things you know are what philosophy is supposed to be teaching. Books on philosophy per se are either highly technical stuff that doesn’t matter much, or vague concatenations of abstractions their own authors didn’t fully understand (e.g. Hegel).

— Paul Graham

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2010.04.05 Monday ACHK