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Old 03-23-2005, 08:54 PM   #1
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Math talent=Linux talent?


Are people who are good at programming and Linux generally people who are good at Math? Are they usually people who are left side of the brain as opposed to right-side? Is programming a talent you naturally possess, or a skill you aquire over time? Just wondering.
 
Old 03-23-2005, 10:26 PM   #2
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have bookmarked that article
read it two times
first time with my left brain
second time with my right brain

mom,dad..........what have you done to me!?

nice article indeed

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Old 03-23-2005, 11:35 PM   #3
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I suck very badly at math, but I like to consider myself at least a competent newbie when it comes to Linux and programming
 
Old 03-23-2005, 11:59 PM   #4
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Math and Programming use very similar skills, so its highly likely that there are correlations between the two. I am very quick to learn things, even math things, and thus, one could say I am good at programming because of it.
 
Old 03-24-2005, 12:05 AM   #5
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But, usually, there are two types of people. Those that are good at math, and those that are good at english. The math people can add numbers in their head quick, and are usually what people consider "geniuses" (such as in "A Beautiful Mind"). On the other hand, there are english people. There intellegence shows through writings (essays, novels, ect.) and wit, though this has little to do with which side of the brain you use, as well. Do you think a "math person" more geared towards programming and Linux than an "english person"?

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Old 03-24-2005, 12:17 AM   #6
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I hate to say this but there have been tests done which support the theory that intelligence in math has a direct correlation to intelligence in other subject matters. i.e People good in math are in general good at other subjects.
 
Old 03-24-2005, 12:27 AM   #7
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Of course intelligence in math is related to intelligence in other subjects, just as intelligence in english is directly related to other subjects. It is two very different mindsets. People who are good in math tend to be very good with their hands (ie. mechanics), and science and math go hand in hand. People who are more verbally intellegent tend to be better at expressing themselves. The wittiest person you have ever met is probably a very intellegent english person. English is also related to more creative skills, such as art. One is not better than the other, it is just that one is very different from the other.
 
Old 03-24-2005, 01:54 AM   #8
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just a confession

i fail my maths
i fail my english
don't mind having a third brain under me
i simply just "don't know how to study"


now? hmm......how i wish i know some maths and some english
it's too late now
 
Old 03-24-2005, 02:01 AM   #9
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I hated maths at school:(

Surely it depends on the type of math. I hated Maths that was taught at school so never used to bother. It was not untill i did a business degree that i got more involved in it. I think some maths promotes a more analytical and structured mind, this is where the correlation with programing comes in.
 
Old 03-24-2005, 07:36 AM   #10
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Originally posted by Lyko
Of course intelligence in math is related to intelligence in other subjects, just as intelligence in english is directly related to other subjects. It is two very different mindsets. People who are good in math tend to be very good with their hands (ie. mechanics), and science and math go hand in hand. People who are more verbally intellegent tend to be better at expressing themselves. The wittiest person you have ever met is probably a very intellegent english person. English is also related to more creative skills, such as art. One is not better than the other, it is just that one is very different from the other.
So non-english speakers are not intelligent?
 
Old 03-24-2005, 09:50 AM   #11
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I was a programmer for 10 years in the oil and gas industry. Lease Records, WPT, accounting, it was my experience that the user always gave me the formulas that I needed. I don't think I'm better at math than english. If you can add, subtract, multiply and divide, your covered. The trick is just knowing which to do when.
 
Old 03-24-2005, 12:29 PM   #12
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So non-english speakers are not intelligent?
If you don't get it already, I would have a hard time explaining. I use the terms "math mind" and "english mind" as generalities. It goes much deeper than that. It is how your brain functions. The "math people" process numbers and equations much different than "english people". English people are good at constructing sentences and essays. They are usually more humorous than "math people", due to their ability to form sentences in a funny and witty manor. It still goes much deeper, but if you don't understand it already, then don't worry about it.
 
Old 03-24-2005, 01:33 PM   #13
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So non-english speakers are not intelligent?
Of course they're not! Haven't you ever seen non-native-English speaker's posts on the forums?

Seriously, rather than "English mind", he should have used "Language mind". Communicative skills vs analytical skills.
 
Old 03-24-2005, 09:45 PM   #14
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Originally posted by Lyko
If you don't get it already, I would have a hard time explaining. I use the terms "math mind" and "english mind" as generalities. It goes much deeper than that. It is how your brain functions. The "math people" process numbers and equations much different than "english people". English people are good at constructing sentences and essays. They are usually more humorous than "math people", due to their ability to form sentences in a funny and witty manor. It still goes much deeper, but if you don't understand it already, then don't worry about it.
I was just joking !!

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Old 03-24-2005, 11:05 PM   #15
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I am bad at math, and I have only started in programming and I'm not terrible at it, but not good either.
Before I program I make a visual chart or a flow chart of some sort to see how the program works but I always have trouble remembering the exact syntax, so it's hard.

However, I like to think I'm good with linux. I like the command line and compiling kernels. I think being left brained would help more with linux but being right brained allows you to visualize a lot of what goes on in a computer.
 
  


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