On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 03:07:07PM +0100, Gwenhwyfaer wrote:
I've been re-trained over the last few years by a German mechanical-engineer friend to think in a very reductionist, non-magickal, deterministic, cold-hard-reality kind of way.
I've been working with computers and technology for four decades, and I know I've always been a musician first and a geek second or third. Still, I was surprised to find how much voodoo and magickal thinking had remained in my thinking about technical subjects.
After having been properly smacked upside the head enough times, nowadays I get very impatient and annoyed with any kind of "secret sauce" nonsense, black boxes, and other types of voodoo that Richard Feynman called "Cargo Cult Science".
It's all ones and zeroes. Given the same inputs, the same output should be obtained. Acoustics is physics. And if I can't measure it, it doesn't exist.
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