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    Plumage and Moult proteanmix's Avatar
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    Default Everyone should have their mind blown...

    at least once a week. And it should be with a simple concept so you can mull over why you didn't realize it sooner.

    Wonders never cease

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    it's been a while since my mind has been blown....

    anyone here up to the task?
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    ...waits for the inevitable mind/head joke.


    I... suppose. Yeah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by proteanmix View Post
    at least once a week. And it should be with a simple concept so you can mull over why you didn't realize it sooner.
    I'm not sure that once a week is a good idea - I'm not sure it's even realistic.

    We need a certain amount of time to integrate new ideas - that can mean adjusting or completely discarding old ones, and fitting existing data into the new models. One week isn't enough time to do that, at least in my case.

    I prefer more of a punctuated equilibrium model - new data accumulate, which allows you to refine your existing models. Once in a while, a change occurs that requires a realignment. This pattern is sort of fractal, in that it occurs similarly over multiple levels of scale - major adjustments to minor models are minor adjustments to major models, and across different time scales major models have to be adjusted with an equally radical realignment.

    If you just proceed from mind-blow to mind-blow without taking the opportunity to integrate, you're not really learning anything. The mind-blows themselves even become artificial, because you don't really have a model in place to invalidate, just a series of somewhat fuzzily connected, but not well thought out, images of the way things might be.
    JBS Haldane's Four Stages of Scientific Theories:

    1. This is worthless nonsense.
    2. This is an interesting, but perverse, point of view.
    3. This is true, but quite unimportant.
    4. I always said so.

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    If you want your mind blown:
    • You must keep it open.
    • It helps to abandon your inhibitions.
    • The first time is always the most memorable.
    I'll get you my pretty, and your little hermit crab too!

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    Plumage and Moult proteanmix's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by HilbertSpace View Post
    I'm not sure that once a week is a good idea - I'm not sure it's even realistic.

    We need a certain amount of time to integrate new ideas - that can mean adjusting or completely discarding old ones, and fitting existing data into the new models. One week isn't enough time to do that, at least in my case.

    I prefer more of a punctuated equilibrium model - new data accumulate, which allows you to refine your existing models. Once in a while, a change occurs that requires a realignment. This pattern is sort of fractal, in that it occurs similarly over multiple levels of scale - major adjustments to minor models are minor adjustments to major models, and across different time scales major models have to be adjusted with an equally radical realignment.

    If you just proceed from mind-blow to mind-blow without taking the opportunity to integrate, you're not really learning anything. The mind-blows themselves even become artificial, because you don't really have a model in place to invalidate, just a series of somewhat fuzzily connected, but not well thought out, images of the way things might be.
    I've always thought that a mind-blow was exactly what you explained above condensed into this one revolutionary orgasm in your brain. That's what makes it so great, it's a perfect aha! moment. I like that feeling when all becomes clear and purposed.

    Why I said it should happened more frequently is because when your mind gets blown, it doesn't have to be something that will fundamentally change your life. They are little times when you're reminded that you really haven't gotten close to anything figured out. They're humbling moments. So I don't know how frequently they should happen, but they shouldn't be so rare that I'm completely floored when they do. I needed to sit down after this last one.

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    ...waits for the inevitable mind/head joke.
    I know right? I set this up for that alternate purpose.

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    My mind is already blown, thanks to Ni. Hence, I don't need drugs to induce me into such states.
    What I actually need are ways to control such flows of ideas.
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