I love the experience of realizing what cognitive algorithm I'm running in a given scenario. This is easiest to spot when I screw something up. Today, I misspelled the word "process" by writing three "s" instead of two. I'm almost certain that while writing the word, there was a cached script of "this word has one more 's' than feels write, so add another one" that activated as I wrote the 1st "s", but then some idea popped into my mind (small context switch, working memory dump?) and I then executed "this word has one more 's' than feels write, so add another one" an extra time.

I don't spell the word the "process" correctly by having memorized the correct spelling. I spell the word correctly by doing a memorized improper spelling and triggering a bug-patch script, which if my attention shifts, can cause a bug where that patch script runs twice. It's awe-inspiring to know that a bulk of my cognition is probably this sort of bug-patch, hacky, add on code.

I don't expect to gain anything from this particular insight, but I love noticing these sorts of things. I intend to get better at this sort of noticing.

Hazard's Shortform Feed

by Hazard 1 min read4th Feb 2018216 comments

In light of reading through Raemon's shortform feed, I'm making my own. Here will be smaller ideas that are on my mind.