Why are so many “programmers” so stuck up and elitist?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 10, 2020 05:25 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 10, 2020 05:25 AM

It’s interesting, I do find programmers have a bit of an ego, myself included. I always thought of us that we were someone elitist. When I first started in the 70’s, no on knew about PC’s. I was one of the few who got to build their first computer in the mid 70’s. It could do “cool things” compared to the rest of the world, and everyone else seemed to just watch what it could do. But more and more people are now tech savvy, I’d say most people under 40 are not mystified by tech. But still, programmers create their own world inside the bits and bytes of the PC. They “command” that universe what to do with their vision. If you question their creation, you question their vision. They’re used to being in control when they don’t have to work with other people. Now I used to think that programmers had the biggest egos, but I’ve spend the last 12 years making Doctors and Programmers work together. Doctors, IMO have much bigger egos. They can save lives, control life and death to a limited extent. The programmers think they know the best way to do things and the doctors rely on Evidenced Based Medicine (EBM) for all their decision making. They don’t want you to create a solution that doesn’t have EBM behind it, even if it does work. I’d say most difficult professions have a bit of ego to them. I remember the quote where Einstein said to Niels Bohr “God does not play dice with the universe” to which Bohr replied “Don’t tell God what to do with his dice”. So maybe theoretical physicists have even bigger egos than God. If you believe in God, that is :).

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