We Are Not Objects

@isomorphisms: I don’t think “inheritance” from the object-oriented programming paradigm works to describe people in real life, for at least two reasons:

@isomorphisms: [1] @ISA versus “does”. “Am I” a mathmo? This is like identifying someone with their career title, versus “I do maths” or “I’ll be doing maths later today”. “Am I” a writer? Or am I writing right now? Or do I write for 7% of my waking hours?

@isomorphisms: Something I notice as well talking to bourgeois youths. “Is a” entrepreneur. “Is a” gardener. “Is a” cook. Related to their division of life into career and “on the side”.

@isomorphisms: Also twitter profiles. Some people list a lot of nouns or titles to describe themselves. I wrote a poem once; I started a business once. Does that make me @ISA poet or @ISA entrepreneur?

See also: [isomorphismes.tumblr.com/post/15409646048] — what E.O. Wilson said about how we’re all expected to play to defined roles & expectations — Behave As Mother; Behave As Wife; Behave As Judge; Behave As Daughter [https://www.psychotherapy.net/article/parents].

@isomorphisms: [2] Maybe the more fundamental problem is that I’d want to pass *response functions* rather than properties. The idea that people respond to their circumstances rather than being determined by properties. “Am I” lazy with no ambition? Or don’t see opportunities and thus don’t work toward “growth”? “Am I” passionate about Ruby? Or did I come across the Ruby language and gradually get more and more into it, as a response to environment?


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