Meetup #44 - Murphyjitsu


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(Location is in front of room D1.160)

When is the last time you sat down with pen and paper and a calculator to decide what to have for lunch, or whether this romantic prospect was worth pursuing, or if you wanted to go to that event today?

If you're like most people, you don't do this all too often. But that leaves open a question: how *do* we make these decisions?

For most of us, this is a subconscious process, but subconscious thinking doesn't tend to be very sharp, and laying bare the parts of this process tends to make them conscious, and more aligned with the rest of your conscious mind.

The inner sim is one prominent part of the way our subconscious thinks. If we take ownership of it, we can employ an algorithm that we call Murphyjitsu.

From the CFAR handbook:

"When you move to catch a falling pen, or notice that your friend is upset just by the way they entered the room, you’re using your inner simulator. It’s a different sort of processing from the explicit/verbal stuff we usually call “thinking,” and it results in a very different kind of output."

"Each of us carries around a rich, complex model of the universe in our head, assembled from a lifetime of experiences and memories. We don’t have to think about how to catch a falling pen, because our inner simulator knows how falling objects move. Similarly, it knows what facial expressions mean, what it’s like to drive from home to work, and what sorts of things tend to go wrong given a set of circumstances. It’s a powerful tool, and learning how to access it and when to trust it is one of the first steps to becoming a whole-brain thinker."

This meetup, we will delve deeper into the workings of our intuition, and practice Murphyjitsu.


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