Thursday, August 30, 2012

In Praise Of The Obvious, Pt 2

Scott Aaronson explains the usefulness of the Church-Turing thesis in a way that makes intuitive sense to me, a newbie to TCS. Awesome! That kind of post is why I love subscribing to his blog. The commenter Keith apparently disagrees, saying,
It occurs to me that if you’re taking positions in arguments that I, a layman, could easily take, then you’re either wasting your time or indulging a hobby.
His attitude exemplifies why it's so important to relentlessly praise those who understand the minutia in a field yet take the time and status hit to point out the obvious. If the pressure to complicate is manifest in an academic's blog posts, just imagine what one would feel while writing an illustrious journal article.