Training, experience, flow state, and OODA

Previously, superego is worldview.

I had a realization a couple of days ago that a mental “flow” state is a shortcut in the OODA loop, where Observe->Orient->Decide->Act is reduced to Observe->Act.

One of the things people report about this state is a feeling of disassociation, as if they are merely watching themselves act. This is the feeling of removing the “Decide” step after years of training until mastery is reached. A person’s conscious mind merely observes because the id is no longer necessary to make decisions for the task—all choices are too obvious to a master to even bother. There’s a saying that goes “An amateur practises until he can do a thing right, a professional until he can’t do it wrong.” The purpose of training is to repeat a skill until it becomes automatic. It is then a habitual behavior rather than an action, and the definition of a habit is that it takes more mental energy/willpower to resist the behavior than to perform it.

Another important trait of a master is that he understands, within the confines of his discipline, that there is nothing new under the sun. Situations and problems that seem novel to others are trivial variations of things he’s seen many times. This is the element of experience (which breaks down further into quantity, mental engagement, and diversity). Experience yields the ability to quickly and effortlessly perceive an entire situation in terms of existing mental categories. For example, a beginner to Judo is caught up in a whirlwind of novel stimuli like the smell of the training mats, the personalities of new acquaintances, and the pain of crushing his balls in a lazy breakfall. Accumulating enough experiences that nothing is new is where the “Orient” (superego) step drops out of the OODA loop.

An expert in a skill may have a master’s level of training and experience, but what characterizes a master is the seamless integration of training and experience. Consistent access of the mental flow state, Observe->Act->Observe->Act->etc., is the proof and trademark of mastery.

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17 Responses to Training, experience, flow state, and OODA

  1. Koanic says:

    This makes obsolete masters very annoying.

  2. Santoculto says:

    Intellectual honesty entirely explain the difference between a amateur and a master because the master always see imperfections while amateur rarely see it. Often amateurs confuse the subject they are studying with themselves instead try to isolate it from themselves.

    Example

    Racial differences in intelligence

    Someone who look for it via neutral and or panoramic perspective will conclude quickly that human races differ in temperament and in intelligence (and don’t need be only quantitative but also qualitative types).

    Someone who are very empathetic namely with blacks will analyze it via personal perspective and confuse your feelings with this reality.

    We have our cold and hot subjective facts. Hot facts are personally related at very direct or indirect way. For example everything is correlated with homosexuality have direct impact on me or reverse empathy, it’s not what we reflect but what reflect on us. Cold facts are more easy for us to accept whatever what they are, because we feel less active and passive or reverse empathy, more dissociated.

    Be intellectually honest is accept facts when they simply are. What we can do with this facts is other debate. For example. Accept that blacks on disproportional and characteristic average are less smart than whites and east Asians. What we can do for it?? (humanly) eugenic practice with them??

    Only facts we can move the world without believe we can really doing it when we actually aren’t.

    A good but not exceptional actor is happy with your level of talent because or he don’t find any problem with it (he think is a perfect actor, sign of stupidity) or because he is self aware that this is your best he can reach (sign of particularized wisdom).

  3. Santoculto says:

    Master is not just who see their imperfections correctly and fight against it but also someone who have greater potential to be developed. What I said in the first comment you can a avg “professional” and be self aware about your own limitations but not a master. Masters need intrinsic motivation, talent or potential AND self awareness at least to this particularity.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >Master is not just who see their imperfections correctly and fight against it but also someone who have greater potential to be developed.

      By definition, a person who achieves mastery had potential to begin with.

      >What I said in the first comment you can a avg “professional” and be self aware about your own limitations but not a master. Masters need intrinsic motivation, talent or potential AND self awareness at least to this particularity.

      True. However, I think you may be romanticizing the term in your head and adding a lot of unnecessary traits to describe the “ideal” master. Maybe I’m wrong. When I analyze these things I’m looking for the least possible number of descriptors to define the phenomenon. Every adjective that can be neglected while still identifying “mastery” is dropped out.

      • Santoculto says:

        Where I romanticize and where I put excessive traits to describe mastery????

      • Santoculto says:

        To see the least possible number of traits it’s not the same to see the correct number of traits that describe certain phenomenon. My tip is this three. You need to be motivated, have natural talent and know how to dilapidate this talent.
        A tcha

  4. Aeoli Pera says:

    That makes sense. Binary thinkers can’t do patterns.

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