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Friday, April 15, 2005
Theoretical vs Realistic
I hate theoretical crap. Theoretically this that and these should happen but eh, reality wise not so much. Sure in physics class I'd rather deal with the theoretical values and rules, but ya know, when programing, raising children, etc... theoretically doesn't work at all.

Granted the raising children is a long way off from programming, but if you've ever programmed you know that something may look like it should work in theory but some random "practical" quirk is there to turn theory into ideal. Maybe I'm just confusing theoretical with ideal.

the·o·ret·i·cal (thē'ə-rĕt'ĭ-kəl) pronunciation also the·o·ret·ic (-rĕt'ĭk)

1. Of, relating to, or based on theory.
2. Restricted to theory; not practical: theoretical physics.
3. Given to theorizing; speculative.

SYNONYMS theoretical, abstract, academic, hypothetical, speculative. These adjectives mean concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations: theoretical linguistics; abstract reasoning; a purely academic discussion; a hypothetical statement; speculative knowledge.

and here is ideal:

i·de·al (ī-dē'əl, ī-dēl') pronunciation
  1. A conception of something in its absolute perfection.
  2. One that is regarded as a standard or model of perfection or excellence.
  3. An ultimate object of endeavor; a goal.
  4. An honorable or worthy principle or aim.
    1. Of, relating to, or embodying an ideal.
    2. Conforming to an ultimate form or standard of perfection or excellence.
  1. Considered the best of its kind.
  2. Completely or highly satisfactory: The location of the new house is ideal.
    1. Existing only in the mind; imaginary.
    2. Lacking practicality or the possibility of realization.
  3. Of, relating to, or consisting of ideas or mental images.
  4. Philosophy.
    1. Existing as an archetype or pattern, especially as a Platonic idea or perception.
    2. Of or relating to idealism.
I suppose but now I just want to make it ideal vs theoretical vs realistic, i'm a realist, and cynical.

Our friend is here with her 1 year old little girl. Sooo cute. Anyway one of my roommates, we'll call her Midget (she is really short), is a Early Ed./development major. She is the youngest in her family, but becuase of what she has learned in school she thinks she knows everything about raising a kid. And what they learn are just theoretical methods. Those new "fad" trends basically. Sure some history behind it, and maybe even a few things that could be good, but the majority of it is bullshit. There has been a young kid in my family under the age of five up until I was 16. I also baby sat till I was 18, and still do periodically. It's all instinct, knowing certain psychological things before hand may be nice to have but ya know, parenting is the reality of that theory she learns. Shit happens in life.

It's just frustrating.

since i defined the other two i fiugre I should define Realistic. my english teacher would be proud: consistancy!

re·al·i·ty (rē-ăl'ĭ-tē) pronunciation
n., pl. -ties.
  1. The quality or state of being actual or true.
  2. One, such as a person, an entity, or an event, that is actual: “the weight of history and political realities” (Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.).
  3. The totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence.
  4. That which exists objectively and in fact: Your observations do not seem to be about reality.

in reality

  1. In fact; actually.

All definitions stolen from google->


posted by mpcc @ 4/15/2005 03:11:00 PM  
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