The noise in our head

While I usually think about Seth Goldin when I’m blogging about work, management, or leadership, his recent post, The noise in our head (and artificial intelligence) relates more to what I’ve been thinking about for my personal life. It dovetails nicely with some of what I’ve read in The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking.

The portion of interest from Seth’s blog post:

One reason we easily dismiss the astonishing things computers can do is that we know that they don’t carry around a narrative, a play by play, the noise in their head that’s actually (in our view) ‘intelligence.’

It turns out, though, that the narrative is a bug, not a feature. That narrative doesn’t help us perform better, it actually makes us less intelligent. Any athlete or world-class performer (in debate, dance or dungeonmastering) will tell you that they do their best work when they are so engaged that the narrative disappears.

I have no idea when our computer overlords will finally enslave us, but it won’t happen because we figured out a way to curse them with a chattering monkey.

A lot of the things I have been thinking about lately, meditation, yoga, zen, mind like water, have all been aimed at quieting and calming the “chattering monkey”.

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