On Mar 6, 2014, at 5:04 PM, Joe Niederberger <email@example.com> wrote:
> What Robert and I have been going on about, as I see it, is his usual either-or dichotomy between math and computer science. Between book learnin' and (folk)art.
You see what I say as a dichotomy because your radio has only ONE channel. You say ?folk art" because when I say "science and art? your radio picks up ?science and blah blah blah blah?. As I told you before, I don't have this issue with colleagues, but now realize that we have both channels functioning. And this artist understands what you quote from wikipedia just fine. This is a breakthrough for me. It explains some of the people in past experiences. I think the phrase ?artistic autism? might just catch on. It may even be a form of autism. Now I just need to figure out a way to deal with it. It feels like talking about color to someone that is colorblind.
And yes, it was me that said ?subroutine? and I did that to make sure that kirby understood he was talking about blocks of code that could be invoked wholly from elsewhere in a program, optionally passed parameters, and optionally return values. These parameters and values being either registers, stack locations or pointers to memory locations. He seems to be trying to make the case that all of that is the essence of a mathematical function. Even though we had an agreement that all of that should come after algebra and after the student learns the actual essence of mathematical functions first, before they try to implement them computationally in subroutines. We even shook on it. Obviously, he had his fingers crossed behind his back.