Re: Chess and Go study

From: Arona Ndiaye (
Date: Sat Dec 14 2002 - 19:42:48 MST


Ben , would you mind telling me more about your experiences with that state ? It fascinates me !!!!

Thank you =)

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Ben Goertzel
  Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2002 2:11 AM
  Subject: RE: Chess and Go study

  I know the "flow" state you're talking about, but I've never experienced it
  while playing chess or any other game...

  I can get there improvising music, writing, or doing math, or very
  occasionally programming...

  You have to have a mastery of the details sufficient that even abstract,
  difficult combinations of details are "automated" for you. Then you can
  think, create, act in terms of wholes rather than details...

  Unfortunately, most humans don't get into this state *ever*, and most of us
  who can access it sometimes, can only access it for certain types of tasks
  or in certain circumstances.

  The ability to get into a "flow" state in a wider variety of circumstances
  and contexts will be one of the advantages of having a mind that's more
  fully adaptive and self-modifiable (such as an AI mind, an uploaded mind, or
  a neuro-digital hybrid mind).

  -- Ben G

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