Friday, September 08, 2006

Expert mind

I am currently reading/absorbing this article from Deric Bownd's blog, originally published in Scientific American, Expert mind, which discusses what is involved in a mature mastery of a given skill set of any kind. A chess master named Capablanca, who won 168 matches in a row while on tour in 1909, said, ""I see only one move ahead,.. but it is always the correct one."

When treating a nervous system, when treating "pain", this is all that is necessary. The nervous system is smart enough to unlearn the pain is has been outputting, providing the pain isn't pathological, merely persistent. One can be an "expert" at anything, including human primate social grooming.

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