[Edu-sig] quantum instance

ajsiegel@optonline.net ajsiegel at optonline.net
Mon Sep 19 20:04:02 CEST 2005

----- Original Message -----
From: Kirby Urner <urnerk at qwest.net>
Date: Monday, September 19, 2005 12:18 pm
Subject: RE: [Edu-sig] quantum instance
> I want to be able to express user intuitions about what's a method and
> what's an attribute drawing from a knowledge domain.  I don't want to
> instruct a user in how Python must necessarily force a different view.

Working with, rather than against, others' misaligned intuitions is 
the anti-thesis of the scientific spirit. 

You don't propose that there is no meaningful distinction between 
methods and attributes. 

You might be able to con me into believeing *that*, at least. ;) 

Instead you acknowledge the distinction but are consciously 
using the power to shuffle appearances to appease and re-enforce 
intuitions that happen to be wrong.

I have to suppose that a intepretation of computer science that 
seems to support that approach is a misreading of the science.

I am a great believer in the proposition that in the end, Reality wins.  
Put properties away in your use case, and you have no choice but to 
transcend the users' misaligned intuitions, and align with reality. 
I don't for a moment believe that can be harmful to your 

All of which is besides the point.

Please stop implying that you have some insight that Python is 
encouraging you toward this approach.

It's slander - as far as I am concerned.


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