On being “technical”

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  • (Field of study) “Physics is a very technical field.”
  • (People) “Sally has a strong technical background.”
  • (People) “I’m looking for a technical cofounder.”
  • (Ideas) “Gene editing via CRISPR is a very technical process.”
  • (Projects) “This project will be a great technical stretch for you.”
  1. Technical: requiring background knowledge to be understood.
  2. Technical: relating to things as opposed to people.
  3. Technical: employing mathematical thinking.

Am I technical?

  1. Kasra graduated from a high school program specialized in math and science. He took the more advanced AP classes in calculus and physics offered at his school, and self-studied calculus and linear algebra for a summer. He graduated college with two degrees in computer science, taking several proof-based math and computer science courses along the way.
  2. Kasra mostly applied to that specialized high school program because his older brother went there. He performed pretty poorly in tenth grade math so he self-studied for a summer because he didn’t want to fail the following year. He spent most of his free time in high school working on the school newspaper. His favorite high school class was European history, and he volunteered to help a sociology professor write a textbook. His favorite course in college was a seminar on philosophy.

Interests versus Fears

Does this matter?


  1. Of course, a poetic explanation of the orbit is less likely to provide us with empirically testable claims, but it’s nonetheless a description of it.





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