Neurotic bodily habits when coding

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    9 out of 10 times (or something like that), the student would be enlightened simply by the act of explaining the problem to somebody, even if that somebody was an inanimate object.
    I use my father instead of a stuffed animal, but the effect is pretty much the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CornedBee View Post
    I use my father instead of a stuffed animal, but the effect is pretty much the same.
    Strictly, you don't really need anyone else - just yourself. Vocalizing a problem or new knowledge out loud enhances the thought process. If I'm reading a tutorial about something new I find that if I read it out loud to myself then I both understand and remember it better. If I'm stuck on a problem I am more likely to come to an answer if I talk myself through it out loud. The auditory part of your brain is intimately linked to other parts of the brain in ways that are unique to that sense. I think hearing something out loud provokes more parts of the brain to work together than simply reading or thinking quietly.

    I recently read the book "This is Your Brain on Music" by Daniel J. Levitin and it made me realize just how central the auditory sense is to the way our brains work. Although deaf people probably compensate for the lack of hearing in other ways. The brain is extremely adaptable.

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    I also talk to myself about new revelations I've made , usually as if though there's someone else in the room with me. Never to a stuffed animal.

    I've been told before that autistic people are smarter than most, but that their situation makes it nearly impossible for others to notice.
    I didn't start talking until I was 4, which, according to some article, where ever, that it's a sign of autisim; but as it turns out, I'm fine. (almost, fine )
    Maybe nerds, suffer from a hint of autisim, resulting in the increased 'smartness' and decreased social skills?
    Just thinking out loud again.
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    >> I also talk to myself about new revelations I've made , usually as if though there's someone else in the room with me.

    I suspect a lot of people do but don't admit it. But, yeah, I do it quite a lot (always have).

    When I was 5 or so my parents took me to a specialist because I rarely spoke (I could, I just didn't), and he told them I was just "extremely introverted" (in fact, my Grandma use to call me "Little Old Man" because I frowned so much and kept to myself ). I did finally come out of my shell, but it wasn't until I was a teenager. I don't think it's a sign of intelligence though, necessarily. It's just a mark of a person's nature, I guess.
    Code:
    #include <cmath>
    #include <complex>
    bool euler_flip(bool value)
    {
        return std::pow
        (
            std::complex<float>(std::exp(1.0)), 
            std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
            * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1.0)
            *(1 << (value + 2)))
        ).real() < 0;
    }

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    I think in second person. Not commands but other things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarin View Post
    I also talk to myself about new revelations I've made , usually as if though there's someone else in the room with me. Never to a stuffed animal.
    You think that's something. When I was a kid around 6 or 7 or so I used to host my own imaginary talk show when sitting on the can - titled, curiously enough, "Toilet Talk." Not a word of a lie. I think I went through a REAL strange period at this age - I also went through a phase of not being able to throw out trash because I felt sorry for it. I had a drawer full of orange peel and banana skins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cactus_Hugger View Post
    Usually some frustrated phrases, like "are you kidding me?", esp. when reading MSDN...
    I know exactly how you feel. I do that exact same thing (phrase and all) for the very same reasons

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