Default Priming

Wisdom is all about application. (Darius Foroux)

Live the words.


Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What do you notice of the myriad things that surround you? What are the details that color your little corner of the universe?”

“I’d say that, since there’s so many stimuli, by necessity, we have to be selective, we have to filter out most of them.”

“This is a kind of priming. I call it default priming.”

“What do you mean?”

“Think of a color, or a shape, and take a look around you. Notice how things of that shape or color magically start popping into view, things that were all but invisible a moment ago.

I call this process perceptual priming.
I call the color, or shape chosen to initiate the process, perceptual filters.

Default priming is essentially a collection of perceptual filters. I like to think of it as a priming map.”

“So a kind of perceptual map of the world.”

“Yes. The same process applies to the mental world. I call it mental priming.

In the same way, we’re primed by default to think of certain things, we have certain recurring thought patterns, based on the experiential/conceptual/ideatic mental models we have in place.”

“So we have a perceptual priming map, and mental priming map.”

“Indeed. These priming maps are mostly habitual. I call this, habitual priming.”

“You like creating concepts, don’t you?”

“It’s a way of thinking. You can think of them metaphorically as the functions in programming. They’re reusable blocks of mental code.

Back to our sheep, the practical implication of habitual priming is that it can be changed through repetition. Repeat something enough times, and it will become part of your priming map.”

“Makes me think of Deliberate Practice.”

“That’s exactly what it is. Only it’s mental, not physical.

For me, rewriting one’s default priming is an essential component of Self-Actualization. I view this process in strategic and aesthetic terms.”

“Another instance of Life-Artistry?”

“Yes. Take the initial quotes as an example. The idea they express is for me foundational. A measure of success in ‘installing’ this idea is how present it is in your mind.

Another distinction I like to make is between passive and active knowledge. Success in the implementation of the idea means, every time you encounter a piece of wisdom, having the idea active in your mind.

How can I live this wisdom?
How can I implement it in my life?Ӡ

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About Dani Trusca

Life-Artist, Thinker, Mover (Traceur)

2 responses to “Default Priming”

  1. mover says :

    I was curious if you ever considered changing the page
    layout of your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.

    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 pictures.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

    • Dani Trusca says :

      Hi. I’ve just seen your message. (It had ended up in spam for some reason.)

      As concerns the layout, I’m open to learning how to make it better.

      “But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.”

      I don’t understand this sentence. Could you please rephrase it?

      “Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 pictures.
      Maybe you could space it out better?”

      Are you suggesting that I add more pictures?

      I added more paragraphs to this post. Do you think it looks better?
      (I’d considered doing it before, but thought it might look too scattered.)

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