Join Date: Jan 2011
Thanked 19 Times in 19 Posts
Rep Power: 7
Re: iPad and harming global probs
I believe the human brain has a fairly limited capacity and when it is full, it begins to compress not only data but connections between data as well and this compression is "lossy". It prioritizes data to compress. Data that is often used doesn't get compressed much whereas rarely used data gets compressed a lot.
I am afraid that if I try to learn new "useless" stuff that is subject to arbitrary changes that I will lose the important but seldom used knowledge I have. Thus knowing in general how things work (physics) is very important but knowing the minute details of the latest gadget that will probably change within 6 months is not only not important but potentially harmful.
Consequently, I can rebuild a 1980s era electron microscope because I can ID the components, rebuild a diesel, design x-ray optics and do complex calculations by hand but find it maddening to have to learn the flavor of the day computer crap.
Applying this concept to navigation, I'd much rather know the math than be able to operate a computer to do it. I'd much rather remember the law of sines for spherical geometry than remember how to upload a NOAA chart file. This is why I love my paper charts and loathe computer navigation. AND, I actually built computer circuits in the mid-70s using the old 7400 series chips and did a lot of programming. That was useful whereas knowing how to operate an ipad is silly by comparison.
In other words, I'm a curmudgeon.