Zen of Computer Programming
Peter M. Brigham, MD
pmbrig at gmail.com
Mon Jan 9 20:15:01 CST 2012
I think this comes from neuropsych research, and the proposition is that it takes 10,000 hours to master a field, whether music, math, coding, painting, gymnastics, whatever -- because that's how long it takes to rewire the brain in a fundamental way. 10,000 hours is 5 years full time work, 40h/week, 50 weeks a year.
Genius -- that takes something extra, maybe a brain that's genetically suited to your field, plus something more mysterious.... There's a fascinating book by a guy name Doidge, called The Brain That Changes Itself, well worth reading. Nobody knows about what makes genius, though.
Peter M. Brigham
pmbrig at gmail.com
On Jan 9, 2012, at 8:48 PM, Pete wrote:
> I've read a statistic in various places that it takes 10,000 hours of
> practice to become a genius in some skill or other, always assuming you
> have the skill in the first place of course.
> On Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 5:06 PM, Alejandro Tejada <capellan2000 at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> Many thoughful comments and funny replies!
>> Thanks a lot for sharing your insights.
>> So it is completely possible that exists
>> programmers with skills like Mozart, who
>> according to his biographers, could
>> create a whole composition in his mind
>> and then, sit down to transcript it.
>> Then... a requisite for this "gift" should be
>> an extensive and intensive practical
>> experience in the programming language.
>> And, at least, Ten years or more of daily practice...
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