What are the tangible products of your idle speculation rich?
There really seems to be an overabundance of focus placed on the ability to think. Leaving the definition of thinking aside for the moment (I think most people will know what I am talking about), I have found that when I am not thinking I am at my best.
Examples: hitting a golf ball, playing tennis, practicing Tai Chi, playing pool, shooting baskets. dancing (definitely dancing), singing, playing the piano, drawing, relating to people, finding a healthy lifestyle, playing the stock market, etc. For all these activities, I am using feeling. It is sometimes called being in the zone. It is when I let go of the willfulness to do something, and let my natural body memory take over.
Memory is an very interesting phenomenon and I think it is much more than simple storage of information. And when body memory is permitted to flow, amazing things start happening like sinking eight baskets in a row, or running a pool table.
Anyway, I think that people are missing a lot if they spend their life relying on thinking. Feeling is another way to go. If you haven't been there yet, look for it!
I am not sure what this thing called "muscle memory" is all about. Not that I do not believe there is such a thing, but memory supposedly is in the brain - something that I would debate.
It's probably similar to what you have in mind when you say "natural body memory".
Essentially, it's your muscles having certain tendencies due to repetition.
Muscle memory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It's like training a BPNN. The memory is there physically, but it's subsymbolic and hard to make head or tail of it
Details of a memory (in this case a motor skill) are distributed across a neural ensemble
No one particular cell is responsible for the entirety of the memory
Well, then, this is similar to computer HD's, right? Each file is distributed across a technical ensemble, bytes here and there throughout different parts of the HD.
I don't know much about the brain's functionality. After reading these threads my appetite has really been wetted, though! Time I started learning!
It just blows my mind that I can consciously visualize one of these memories. Just wow.
The Computational Brain is also baller. It's basically the more advanced version of the other one (just one) I mentioned, The Engine of Reason, the Seat of the Soul written by the author's wife Patricia Churchland + Terrence Sejnowski
Huh, what else
I'm reading Cognitive Psychology and its Implications now. I tend to hate modern textbooks because of all the clutter; the margins are like 1/4 of the page and the layout is really noisy overall. This one is not like that at all. In fact it summarizes each and every section at the end which lets you know whether you can skip it. Very clear book ... read it for its design alone
In fact I should just start a thread about these kinds of things ...
The thing about the current generation of computers is that they all work with essentially serial data, with few exceptions. The brain is more parallel, distributed. It's hard to explain all the differences at once
Although computer files may be stored noncontiguously, they are still essentially long-ass strings of data
Data transfer and storage can be serial, but it still has to be amenable to becoming parallel to be used for anything. Don't microprocessors still have multi-bit registers?
Yes but processing is still essentially serial ... extremely bottlenecked in comparison with the brain
If you mean the commands are processed serially, yes I see. So you're saying that the brain can process numerous functions simultaneously? Like I can think about dinner while my brain is also regulating my blood pressure and so on?
At one time, some people were tinkering with massively parallel microprocessors. I don't know what became of that.
I think that computer science has gone into a semi-stall from previous success. People like what they've got
I meant hardware computer science, not software.
as a desktop computer user, I am content with a Dell Dimension 3000 running Windows XP from years ago (although I added Cygwin, MiKTeX, Python and some other goodies)
Well Hell, Odie, that's yer problem dude, you got a Dell. Trade it in for
a new Mac and life will make ever so much more sense!