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Scott Adams: "And it's clearly the reason that humans rule the earth. We found a system to harness the power of stupid."Daniel Dennet: "Many people still cling [...] to a brittle vision of our minds as mysterious immaterial souls, or--just as romantic--as the products of brains composed of ­wonder tissue engaged in irreducible non­computational (perhaps alchemical?) processes. They often seem to think that if our brains were in fact just protein machines, we couldn't be responsible, lovable, valuable persons." Paul Graham: Holding a Program in One's Head — Avoid distractions [typical office environment is toxic; but so is The Web], work in long stretches, use succinct languages [i.e. K], keep rewriting, write rereadably [okay, rewrite in Python once, or JavaScript], keep it small. Bonus material: Why "software company" is an oxymoron. Homework Lab: Refute.

Philip Greenspun: Improving Undergraduate Computer Science Education — Limit lectures to 20 minutes (as imposed by the FAA, presumably for good reason).* Evaluation shouldn't be handled by teachers (interest conflicts). Don't do homework, do projects & labs.

* How Google engEDU would benefit from that ... Brad Fitzpatrick: Thoughts on the Social Graph — Social graph centralized/silo'ed: bad. Every site needs to reimplement (or become a Facebook app): bad. Create neutral territory non-profit to aggregate/disseminate graphs. Provide API to developers (for easy graph-syncery &c.). Ignore private data (for now).

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