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I don't think it's a good strategy to discourage people from diving right in. There are many courses and books out there that are suitable even for a beginner who wants to learn about NN.

Of course it's important to get a broad horizon eventually but starting with the theory without the applications is not how most humans learn best. Learning by doing is.

I agree strongly with the idea of diving in.

The problem with diving into neural networks is that they are slow to train (with large amounts of data anyway), and difficult to debug. This means it isn't really a great place to start.

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