Des (deskitty) wrote,
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Meditation

Counting exercise again, a bit less than 10 minutes this time.

Started off thinking about possible new features for our software at work. Followed that with a little bit of thinking about darkone238's and my relationship. Spent a bit more time after that remembering how disappointed I was in my mom's behavior at my graduation ceremony. Then I started getting drifty again--moreso than last night--leading me to the conclusion that I need to be getting more sleep. I didn't lose the count at all, though I came close to doing so on a couple of occasions due to drifty moments.

My breath felt a little less constrained/stressed this time. It was still heavy, and maybe a bit more ragged, but more evenly-spaced. My back was mildly sore, but generally so -- the uncomfortable pain in my mid-back from last night didn't develop. I started (and ended) the session with a headache which covered my left temple and eye. My left eye was twitching a bit at the beginning, but relaxed as the session progressed. I found that when I focused more attention on it, it twitched more.

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I'm trying to decide if splitting the entry into two paragraphs of general impressions over time is the right thing to do. I'm wondering if a better approach might be to stick to a strict chronological sequence of events (interleaving mental and physical as they occur), at least insofar as I can remember them.

Telling my brain to remember things for later seems to be highly inefficient -- at least, it requires a lot of CPU time. That's not surprising, though. My brain does much better at remembering interrlelated concepts with clearly-defined relationships than it does a strict sequence of facts with no defined semantic relationships between them. It's as if it has a built-in compiler that takes such facts and immediately reduces them to a system (or model), then iterates over the system, repeatedly reducing it further, thus making it more general while still mostly preserving its correctness.

That's how I imagine my brain works, anyway. In practice I'm sure it has many different representations for different tasks. It's like the opposite of programming -- taking undifferentiated data and using it to operate on a program, rather than the other way around.

Hmm. That's something interesting to think about. I'll have to play with that idea a bit more -- I wonder if it can somehow be refined or translated into terms that are more useful for writing "smart" programs (e.g. spam filters and the like).

-- Des
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