hacking learning efficiency part 2

the computerized brain

your brain at work


You get the point. You know in scifi movies how there’s this really super smart AI? Well, it is heavily inferred that we and AI share the same process of learning and that being, ERROR FIRST.

The book “Psycho Cybernetics” brought me to this conclusion when it stated that the logistics of simple actions like picking up a pencil is massively “complex”. Let’s deconstruct this action:

Me: I need to write, therefore I need a pencil, Brain! Can you go fetch the pencil for me?

Brain: “do you have it yet?”
Brainprocess2: No. Moving hand
Brain: “error. do you have it yet?”
Brainprocess2: No, I told you already, I’m still moving my hand to it.
Brain: “error, do you have it yet?”
Brainprocess2: “Jesus Christ, it’s only been 1/10th of a second. Give me a sec.
Brain: “error, do you have it yet?”
You get the picture, this repeats millions of times.

Of course, all this happens automatically and unconsciously BECAUSE YOU’D GO NUTS OTHERWISE. You assign a task and parts of your brain just does it.

Notice how you don’t go instantaneous from wrong to right, rather wrong*millionsofnuerofiringandgeneration = correctness%. (Part 1 covers the logistics of biology and how to up neurofiring/generation). Of course, you don’t think of how to pick up things, you just do it because it’s a habit and I would draw that to “caching”(storing data used too often) as the computer equivalent.

“ Since electronic circuits function about 1 million times faster than biochemical ones, even if an AI is only as smart as your average group of human researchers in college, it can preform 20,000 years of human work in the span of a week” - Sam Harris

That’s 20,000 years of trial and error at an insane rate to formulate and get closer to a target goal. And it makes sense right?
If you go around assuming everything is correct until proven wrong… well, let’s just say you’ll never run out of things to prove correct. And not to mention, you assume it’s already correct so why even try to prove it wrong? (This is a bias in learning which will be covered in the latter parts of this series)

Everyone’s brain is different. Don’t splurge, get upset and quit over the error. Ever notice when you go for a stroll, you come back to the problem at hand and you see it in a completely different light? You need time, consciously and unconsciously to unravel a concept. Cramming as said by Dr. Barbara Oakley

Is like entering a weight lifting competition, procrastinating and then trying to build muscles by cramming all the exercise in 1 day and expecting that you’ll instantaneously catch up.

Bottom line: Don’t set unrealistic deadlines for yourself because you’ll get discouraged.

Don’t identify with the error and conclude you are meant to suck at a subject. I highly recommend Psycho Cybernetics if you have a negative bias towards your capabilities. Don’t let the virus of your self get in the way of utilizing your brain.