System programmers vs. administrators

From: Ernest <>
Date: Sat Jan 17 00:17:33 2004

I was having a discussion with a friend earlier tonight about
programming, and how I've never been the least bit interested in
learning how to program -I'm convinced that I have a mental block
against it, or something like that.

As the discussion progressed, we decided that there are two types of
advanced computer users -system programmers and system administrators.
That in itself is debatable but where our discussion became bogged down
was when we tried to decide which user was left brain, and which was
right brain.

We started by agreeing that programmers are artists, while the
administrators are more scientific. But then, as we talked, we decided
that you could make the same arguement for each side.

So, I thought I would throw the discussion out here, and see what you
guys think. Assuming that there really are two types of computer users
-programmers and administrators- which side is left brain thinking, and
which is right brain thinking?

I pulled the following off some psycho-babble website:

Experimentation has shown that the two different sides, or hemispheres,
of the brain are responsible for different manners of thinking. The
following table illustrates the differences between left-brain and
right-brain thinking:

Left Brain:

 Looks at parts
Right Brain:

 Looks at wholes

Most individuals have a distinct preference for one of these styles of
thinking. Some, however, are more whole-brained and equally adept at
both modes. In general, schools tend to favor left-brain modes of
thinking, while downplaying the right-brain ones. Left-brain scholastic
subjects focus on logical thinking, analysis, and accuracy.
Right-brained subjects, on the other hand, focus on aesthetics, feeling,
and creativity.
Received on Sat Jan 17 2004 - 00:17:33 GMT

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