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Slightly related, when doing the first coursera proglang mooc, I remember newbies crying on IRC because meta evaluation made no sense to their mind. Some of the dudes that had gone through this before and could discuss it without trouble. I remember the odd feeling of being completely incapable of explaining that "simple" thing to the newcomers. Some actual mathematicians say that math makes no sense, you just get used to that, so maybe don't run from one book to another and try osmotic learning. Read some, think about it. At times I just note what eludes me without overthinking it and I come back to it later. Maybe my lower brain made sense of that overnight. One thing is that newbies were very impatient that's another thing to avoid. It's just odd to balance between patience and boredom vs impatient excitment and pain.

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