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Devac  ·  803 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why I think the tech interview process is broken – Medium

I gave more thought to your post, hence a delayed response. Thank you. I don't think that I'm even close to start developing any semblance of balancing both sides myself, but damn it I'll try. Seems like it's worth the effort.

Thing is, despite being rather pragmatic and literal-minded I do have many idealised assumptions and purposes. Rules can't be broken, but there's a possibility to exploit and optimise in ways that we don't know as of yet. Models are simplified by necessity, but I would not feel like myself if I didn't at least try to add another factor into it to get it all sorts of complex and wacky. And while I will likely never overcome my problems with disciplines like poetry I do know many other things worth of my appreciation. A well-made proof is likely causing me the same types of thoughts than a fine piece of art does to many others. Just appreciating one makes you look like a complete dork unless you are channelling Brian Cox.

I'm not going to be a leader, barring maybe student's physics club and even that it's mainly because I'm actually giving enough of a fuck about its mission. I already started to develop distaste to HR and I am not going to hide that I will likely always be more lenient toward like-minded people and much harsher toward liberal-arts majors and similar people. Will I overcome this bias? I don't know. I hope so, but it doesn't look promising.

Again, I want to thank you for this post. On top of everything, I have to say that references to Star Trek TOS speak more than a thousand pictures. ;)

    meet the liberal arts majors where they live, if for no other reason than the parties tend to be less awkward

That's so far the only thing with which I can't seem to agree. No doubt we have different experiences and I'm not really a party-goer on top of it, but so far my sample shows the exact opposite. Even the only two liberal arts people that I know well prefer to party with the techs. :D

kleinbl00  ·  803 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You're color blind, right? Doesn't mean you can't appreciate beauty. It means that you're more likely to appreciate things for texture and tonality than for vividness. The question is - do you try to get others to see the beauty that you do?

You're a passionate person. You feel things deeply. Unfortunately, vehemence is not compelling, nor is it endearing (take it from me). In order to get others to see the beauty that you do, you must convince them - which means getting people who see color to appreciate the virtues of grayscale.

I link to this a lot. The long and the short of it is that internet debate is pretty much about who has the facts (logos rhetoric). Persuasive speech, on the other hand, is about logos, pathos (emotion) and ethos (reputation). STEM insists on logos. Liberal arts actually deprecates logos in favor of pathos and ethos because the liberal arts are those that do not appeal to fact.

You've probably met lots of interesting people in your life. You will continue to do so. Some of them will be about facts but lots of them won't. As a passionate person with a lot of knowledge, it's to the benefit of OTHERS that you learn to communicate what you know to those that don't more so to those who don't respect facts the way you do.

lil is literally trying to teach people to do that.

Here's the thing. Society is unavoidable, and society is not empirical. The value of facts is absolute in the physical world, but in the human sphere they're just a factor. Victory belongs to whomever can get their "facts" to dominate, whether or not they're accurate, valid or relevant. It's not enough to possess them. You have to give them to others and have them take them gladly.

I'm disappointed in the liberal arts majors of Poland.

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