Learning math and computer science as “neo-pragmatism”
Dear reader, at first I must tell you this is my first article in English. So, if I am wrong with some things relative to written expression… I am so sorry. I only ask you to be merciful with my (for years) unpracticed English.
I must say math was a debt with destiny in my case. One of my absolute passions in life (orgasmic, I can say) is philosophy. That is one of the matters I most read, specially when it touches abstraction. This is one of the reasons I love reading logic (specially Gottlob Frege and Aristotle). As direct consequence of this, I have wanted to learn mathematics for years, and finally this year, 2018, was THE year.
I have already explained to you the spiritual part of my decision to study this matter. Now, it’s time to expose the axis question I am proposing with this article: neo-pragmatism.
Abstract philosophy and mathematics are strongly related. Abstraction helps us to analize better the problems, it is useful to model an organized mind. We can get away from the questions to see it as a cathegorical set. This kind of things can develope in our way of being a discipline to learn and a better route to understand the different puzzles that are presented to us throughout intellectual life.
Obviously, this consequences of studying abstract thought arewonderful, and also in professional life. If you see my personal website (www.sofiarincon.org/quien-soy) you’ll see that one of the characteristics I mention is “communicative ability” (capacidad comunicativa). If I must explain something to other person, like the matter of this article, I can do it quickly and clear, both in writting and loudly.
That is because I’ve read many different pure-thought authors and I’ve written a big quantity of texts. This kind of intellectual exercise gave to me a speed that increases in time. And, also, this exercise helps me so much to learn different matters, as computer science.
Computer science is a fantastic way to find a good paid job thesedays. Remember we are incresingly technified and the demand of programmers and people who understand the machines are very extended.
This is the fundamental reason I call it neo-pragmatism, because obviously there is an economic argument (that’s the pragmatic part), but I think there is also an espiritual parameter in this way of life. When you learn science the question is not if you’re a noob or an expert, the question is how much do you deep go when you learn something.
If you only learn the mechanical part of this knogledge area you’re forgetting the intellectual job, and that is fundamental to understand what kind of things are you doing. Yes, you can tell me that pleasure is not a pragmatic way of thinking… But if you think so, you’re wrong.
If you learn things deeply it will give to you a panoramic view of the different problems you have in front of you, and this matter, translated to pragmatism way of thinking is called: innovation.
Don’t forget the Lichtenberg’s phrase: “Who only knows chemistry, does not know chemistry either.”
A person who can go deeper in problems than others is VERY useful for enterprises, and that means money.
I appreciate more the pleasure incentive to encourage my readers, but I wanted to introduce the “neo-pragmatism” concept to give everybody a material reason for exploit the great miracle of learning. This is because the simple pleasure of knowledge is undervalued, so, if you are one of that people who despise the “learning for learning”, I hope you can appreciate with more emphasis after reading this text the “because yes” reason to do intellectual work.