Swiss Ephemeris

Rick Johnson rantingrickjohnson at
Tue Apr 11 20:37:14 EDT 2017

On Monday, April 10, 2017 at 12:56:47 AM UTC-5, Deborah Swanson wrote:
> Fully recognizing that most of what you wrote was tongue-
> in-cheek, I just want to say that regardless of the wonders
> of modern medicine, it's a pity they learn so little about
> successful medicines other than their own. In other
> academic scientific disciplines such as physics and
> chemistry it's not uncommon to see history of science
> courses in the curriculum. But not in medicine. I learned
> what I know about ancient Greek science from a university
> physics professor, though I doubt he would ever have
> guessed that one of his students would someday breathe new
> life into that ancient science by attempting to ressurrect
> it. The great ancients were no less endowed with
> intelligence than we are, they simply directed it to
> different ends.

Hmm. I would say the ancients had a relatively "equal
intellectual capacity" as we moderns, but with far less
empirical evidence from which to theorize from.

Personally. i'm highly skeptical of astrology -- but being
that you're writing an application to categorize and present
this raw data in an intuitive form for study -- based purely
on the learing experience _alone_, i think the project has
merit. Hopefully your constantly pushing your technical
boundaries: learning new libraries; learning new languages;
experimenting with cutting-edge algorithms, etc.

I'm firmly convinced that time spent writing code is never
wasted, because programming is perpetual problem solving and
honing your problem solving skills can be beneficial to all
aspects of life. Many times you'll find the answer to one
problem while trying to solve another. Problem solving is
the task that consistently bears intellectual fruit. And
that's why i love writing code. It always presents me with a
challenge to overcome, or a riddle to solve.

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