Archive for July, 2006
Product: Homo Sapiens
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Description of Problem:
The human brain seems to suffer from a cognitive bias referred to as belief overkill, wherein people will avoid having a complex set of beliefs that lead to no easy answer, and instead just reorient all of their beliefs to point to the same conclusion.
Steps to reproduce the problem:
- Create a new development platform.
- Allow several years for people to develop cool applications with it.
- Propose the platform for inclusion in GNOME.
Everyone would agree on what the pros and cons of the new platform are, and would debate whether or not the pros outweight the cons.
The majority of the people opposed to including the platform in GNOME are convinced that it is of dubious legality, that it is slow and bloated, and that it is completely unnecessary to the desktop, while the majority of the people in favor of including it are equally convinced that the legal issues are settled, the speed and memory issues are overblown and/or fixable, and that including it is absolutely vital to the future survival of GNOME.
How often does this happen?
Every time. :-/