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Old 01-30-2007, 02:52 PM   #288
Cady Goldfield
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Re: Baseline skillset

Sounds like one of those classic paradoxes: Some of the things that are done in certain arts look (and feel) like magic if you don't know what the underlying principles and mechanics are. Then, once revealed, there's the tendency to say... "Oh, THAT'S all there is to it?!"... But then, when you pick apart those elements in earnest, the response is... "Oh, there's more to this than I thought"... and after you have mastered it, you think... "Oh, THAT'S all there is to it?!"... and so on.

Like that old taoist story about "When I was young, a mountain was just a mountain..."

You might enjoy this (slightly OT, but definitely an illustration of the ""magic -> simple mechanics revealed -> sophisticated concept after all" idea:
http://www.handcuffs.org/pollard/
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