[self-interest] APL class projects
ian.woollard at gmail.com
Fri Feb 18 18:40:24 UTC 2011
Actually, no the inuit didn't:
On 18/02/2011, tb at tcltalk.ath.cx <tb at tcltalk.ath.cx> wrote:
> Casey Ransberger schrieb:
>> In linguistics there was a longstanding debate about whether or not the
>> languages one spoke affected what sorts of thoughts were available to
>> one; it was a big theme in Orwell's 1984, for example.
>> Before Ruby and then Smalltalk, (until Ruby I hadn't really looked at
>> any functional programming seriously,) I wouldn't know how to use a
>> closure. I might not even have known the term.
>> In general it seems that linguists have largely abandoned this notion,
>> but it sure does seem pertinent to programming, doesn't it?
> IMO it does, definitely. It's a matter of categories. The Inuit had more
> than twenty words for snow, because they where in need of a detailed
> description of their environment to survive.
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