Technical excellence begins in wonder but is honed by disgust
The part where you write about disgust being the precursor to good taste is particularly interesting to me. I need to think about that.
Enjoyable read. Should a distinction be made between being an expert and being an elitist? To be an elitist is to have opinions for the sake of being perceived as being better or more refined than others; how one is perceived is critical. While the true expert hold positions based on their correctness, regardless of how it influences their status.
Thank you for the essay! It completely resonates with my way of thinking.
A beautiful read.
Great comments also shared on the Hacker News post (reached #12!): https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=34869010
Those R people I feel are usually killer with stats.