Clojure Gazette 149: London, Om/Next, CIDER

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London, Om/Next, CIDER
Clojure Gazette
Issue 149 - November 09, 2015

Hi Clojurists,

Difference of perspective is a weird thing. From one perspective, the planets orbit very easily describable elipses around the sun. From another, they chaotically orbit the Earth in complex circles within circles within circles. From some perspectives, Clojure looks simple and straightforward. From others, it's unnecessarily complicated and scary.

For many of us, Clojure represents a total paradigm shift, similar to the copernican revolution. The art of teaching it is to guide someone to seeing that the new perspective is not only valid but also more useful.

I bet a lot of astronomy students, memorizing tables of epicycles, shook their fists at the gods for making everything so complex. It is indeed complicated when you use epicycles to track the planets. And it takes a real leap of the imagination to put the Sun at the center of it all, as opposed to the Earth. But when you do, without changing a thing, everything looks way simpler.

I think a lot of people face this paradigm shift without a guide. Giving a new perspective when an existing perspective is mostly adequate is so hard. How do you show people something from a new angle in a high-dimensional space without giving them vertigo? Without overwhelming them?

You build small pieces of knowledge. You prepare them for the shift. You train small skills that add up to big skills. You give them lots of exposure over time. You let their neurons connect. And you let them take their time. You draw the mental structure for them, visually, so they can see, side-by-side, that, yes, circles around the Sun are indeed simpler than epicycles around the Earth.

Rock on!
Eric Normand <eric@lispcast.com>

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