True dis, true

What’s more, if the game is social interaction, then the winners are never going to be a group of software engineers.

3 thoughts on “True dis, true”

  1. I think that is unfair. Geeks do a lot of social interaction. And express a great deal. They just do it in their own way.

    The problem is that most people are suited for the Liberal Arts. Especially the sort of smart arses that write psychology text books. And Liberal Arts graduates speak a different language. So they do not hear Geeks communicate and they do not understand what they hear. It is as if Geeks used ultrasound or something.

    Or more likely they just have a tin ear.

  2. SMFS is partially right.
    But Tim is righter.
    “Social interaction” is a game that girls are heavily indoctrinated in their formative years to play which is one reason why so few become software engineers. Software engineers *need* to get every piece of coding precisely right, an iron discipline seriously incompatible with “touchy-feely” social interaction. Secondly there is a tendency for mildly autistic people with a lot of numerical competence to gravitate to software (or hardware) engineering where their problems with “social interaction” do not matter compared to their technical skills.

  3. My experience in Silicon Valley and its colonies is that they contain two symbiotic cultures: hackers and dreamers. They’re quite different animals, although both are technically literate obsessives.Steve Jobs was a dreamer, as are the likes of Mark Zuckerberg (& Elon Musk for that matter). Dreamers do social interaction very effectively, although not necessarily stylishly. From the excerpts quoted, the book is about them & the leaden dialog is spot on.

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