Macro-Introspection 2

Learning is behavior change. (Eben Pagan)

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“As I told you previously [<link; long read], looking back, I divide my life into three phases:

The unconscious phase: my gaming years
The semiconscious phase: my theoretical-philosophy stage
The conscious phase: my practical-philosophy stage

However, despite the huge rate of progress in the current phase, until very recently, I was still in a transitional state. Viewed through the lens of the input/output model, the ratio was still largely skewed towards the input.”

“By input/output are you referring to theoretical/practical?”


Initially, it was all theory, with no practical application.
Then, I gradually started moving towards the practical, until it completely displaced the theoretical.

Sounds good… in theory.

The problem is, it was still mostly theory, only now theory with practical application. I’d changed one kind of theory for another.”

“A step in the right direction, for sure.”

“Definitely, but I still had a long way to go.

Progress is the extent to / efficiency with which you convert the theoretical into action.

Viewed through this lens, my progress was still to a large extent pseudo-progress.

In light of this realization, I now divide my practical-philosophy stage in two:

The practical / theoretical stage
The practical / implementational stage

“But you’ve had ‘LIVE the words’ as a mantra for some time now. What changed?”

“I’ve integrated implementation as a mental model.

Viewed through the lens of the priming mental model, implementation has finally become part of my default-priming [<link; medium read].

To use a metaphor, in the same way you can add a signature-template to your emails which is appended to all outgoing messages, implementation has become a template which is appended to all my thoughts.”



About Dani Trusca

Playfully seeking wisdom

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