I’ve been reading Taleb’s Antifragile. It’s a masterpiece. In one of the chapters, he talks about the antifragile way to grow —
Random Tinkering -> Heuristics -> Practice and Apprenticeship -> Random Tinkering…
From personal experience, this strikes a huge chord. It’s often too easy when you don’t know how to do something, to think that the only method is a strictly academic approach, and you’ll forever miss something if you don’t take it.
I’m beginning to see more and more that it’s a bit of a bs. There’s defintely a lot to be learned in institutions, but I’ve learned a lot about algorithms and data structures from mentors sitting down with me on whiteboards, and making AIs