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Books like Psycho-cybernetics argue that the subconscious mind is a powerful goal-seeking "engine". Computationally "impossible" tasks are then better left to (mostly) the subconscious mind rather than rational analysis. They even say that rational thinking impedes "creative" brain circuits, or staying in the flow. On the other hand, the goals have to well organized and prepared, skills trained - that is when you use rational thinking and discipline. "Psycho-cybernetics" cites Russel as largely following the routine of intensive analysis and calm "sleeping on it".

And then there are embodied cognition ideas how baseball players (and who not) use simple behavioral heuristics to catch a ball, etc.

Plus, game theory comes in, when say a batter (or a goalkeeper) basically guesses where the ball will come.

by das monde on Thu Oct 31st, 2013 at 12:18:05 PM EST
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