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Re: Dreaming about Perl

by vladb (Vicar)
on May 01, 2002 at 18:59 UTC ( #163340=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Dreaming about Perl

Actually, I too had a share of weird dreams throughout my 'creative' life as a programmer. Since after I started coding Pascal intensively at age 13, I would get those dreams where I would continue hacking away at a piece of code that I didn't quite finish in the day.

The most weird thing though is that there were many times when I would wake from such a dream, rush back to my computer and type out whatever I did in the dream.. and know what? many times it would work with minimal debugging!! I swear to it! ;-). Further, most of my toughest challenges were solved while I was asleep. Simply amazing.. nothing special, but amazing...

No wonder some companies are willing or even eager to claim and pay for any coding that takes place outside normal work hours (up to and including dreams!).

"There is no system but GNU, and Linux is one of its kernels." -- Confession of Faith

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Re: Re: Dreaming about Perl
by dreadpiratepeter (Priest) on May 02, 2002 at 12:06 UTC
    What you have there is a classic example of the problem solving abilities of your subconcious mind. The human mind has two modes of operation. A rapid fire immediate mode and a long-term, slow-burn subconcious mode.
    While the second is ultimately the best problem solver, our society cultures and rewards the first. People are rewarded for quick snap decisions, and punished for "goofing off" when what they are really doing is letting the subconcious weigh facts and solve problems.
    Einstein used to spend days in his office, staring at the window, letting his subconcious work.
    There is a great book on this subject: Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind : How Intelligence Increases When You Think Less. I highly recommend it.
    I have been relying on my tortoise mind for years. Whenever I have a problem that I can't solve, I take a shower. I get the water really hot and shut down my hare brain. Chances are by the end of the shower I have solved the problem with a flash of inspiration. I'm standing there thinking of nothing, or thinking of something completely unrelated to the problem and bam the answer is there.

    "Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever."

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