Re: electric meme bombs

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Fri 01 Nov 2002 - 17:26:03 GMT

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    > > When a musician practices to improve his performance, what is he
    > > his performance against? Don't you think he/she has some ideal or goal
    > > mind which practice will raise the performance to? Or do you think any
    > > improvement is merely serendipitous and they are only able to see
    > > improvement after the fact? That would be a position I can't agree
    > > I've spent too much time adjusting my hold, my release, my breathing, my
    > > coordination just to put a bullet in the center of a target. I knew
    > > what I wanted my mind and body to do for me. It just took a long time
    > > lot of practice to get them to do it.
    >So Grant, in his specific case, who or what was conducting the control over
    >your body so that you couldn 't perform immediately what you desired !?
    >Why do you need to practice !? Something was holding you back and despite
    >the fact you knew actualy what you wanted it took time to call the one shot
    >you needed ! Again, what or who was holding you down, your body, your
    >mind, both or perhaps the memes which are controlling the whole of the
    >process !?
    >In a sense, the practice is a way of deluting the memes out of their
    >practice made them weak and finally they give in....
    What was holding me back was the fact that precise movements must be learned. All skills take practice because the brain has to learn to coordinate the thoughts and muscles to do the job. When you hear a language for the firs time, you don't actually hear the language. All you hear are the sounds. The brain has to learn what the sounds represent before you can hear the language and the thoughts being expressed by the sounds. The sounds come in patterns and if the patterns aren't recongnized, communication doesn't take place.

    It's the same with any skill. The body must learn to express the pattern and that takes a coordinated effort of both mind and body. To get the movements perfect, or near perfect, is an incremental process. We move and then get feedback on the result of that move. We change the move, get more feedback, and compare the result with the goal. If the result doesn't satisfy the goal, we make more changes and keep doing this until we are satisfied. To my mind, the goal we are trying to achieve is the seed of the meme. When we finally achieve our goal, the meme is broadcast. But it's a rare person who has such control over his/her body that they can achieve a complex goal on the first try.


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