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      Refusing to learn with elaborate and sometimes not so elaborate rationalizations is hardly unique to the practice of programming. Musicians refusing to learn about music theory is just one easy example.

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        Huh, I always thought humans imported their tools into their self-image, and thus when someone said something bad about their tools, they felt attacked and went into self-defense mode.

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          I think the author (of the original essay) is generalizing based on a way too small number of observations. He could have observed all these things while all other people were behaving mostly as he desired.

          Since this is based on something written in 2003 and the world hasn’t significantly changed since then, I think students and programmers are actually mostly still willing to learn all these things, otherwise we would have seen a huge change, no?