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This article seems to operating with a definition for engineer that is much different than mine. So I went to wikipedia.

    An engineer is a practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical, societal and commercial problems. Engineers design materials, structures, and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, regulation, safety, and cost.

It certainly seems like a programmer would meet that criteria.

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The rabbit hole goes pretty deep...

Composers definitely have intentions when writing a piece and, if they're any good at all, some of those thoughts and feelings are conveyed to the listener. However, I think the issue is less about what the music was designed to do and more about people's general perception of music. Here's two things that I've observed and believe to be true usually:

1. Repetitive music is harder to ignore.

2. Music with words in your language is harder to ignore.

If I put on music to concentrate on something, it would need to be music that can be temporarily ignored and then refocused on when I finish the micro-task at hand. Rinse and repeat and those moments eventually build up to your finished essay or math homework. I'd say this is why concentration music, for me, is almost always classical or jazz. Don't misunderstand me, I have a deep affection for both of those genres and have been moved deeply by certain tunes from both of them. But that doesn't stop me from admitting that often they work equally well as background.

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Here, I'll trade ya. Not KEXP but I think the duo has a similar vibe to metric, especially when they're doing they're electric stuff.

Beautiful, I think I'll order it tomorrow.

How would you describe the guy's bias?

So I've heard it said that many Islamic cultures were at the forefront of scientific investigation sometime after the Greeks but before Europeans. I never hear about any specific Islamic scholars or their accomplishments though. Does the book touch on anything like that?

I'd love some good academic books too. Long books and big words don't scare me. The only thing is I'll probably get read them farther in the future. It only seems to make sense to go through the shorter digestible one's before diving into a phone book written for experts. Plus I'm already in the midst of like three other thick pieces of tree. I hate to spread myself too thin because I just end up not finishing the books.

Much appreciated. By the way, have you read Chaos by James Gleick? It's an exposition on Chaos Theory for the layperson (which I realize you probably aren't after glancing at your profile). He goes pretty in depth about Hendrik Lorentz and the origin of your username.

I've got no answer for you, but to be honest if the CIA didn't consistently do things that people found baffling they wouldn't be much of an intelligence agency.