Observed changes while becoming a computer bugman

From an Owl convo.


A couple of interesting observations about becoming a computer bugman:
1) I started craving milk all the time and I’ve been drinking about 2 gallons per week for a few months running. Some kind of connection with Scandinavian supremacy in coding? Tesla was a nut but maybe he had the right idea on that.
It reminds me of something Kensuimo dug up on Twitter…

Brain fuel, perhaps? And/or some micronutrient thing?

Yeah, that’s my thinking.
Maybe something to do with neoteny too.

Coding makes you younger!
*This claim not yet prvoen by the FDA

https://mobile.twitter.com/crimkadid/status/1266597135904133120

Hehe I’ve read this
LOTS to think about
the cold weather/brain size was the biggest thing for me from that thread

Interesting observation #2: My internal monologue made a bit of a comeback.
I expect this is from overusing System 2-style thinking after a decade or so of going deep into right brain territory.
Or to use the more technical term I learned from a meme recently, unconscious cerebration.

That’s a new term to me

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ew4Qy3HXAAEgl_w?format=jpg&name=large
It’s an old timey way of saying System 1.

Ah

I can’t remember if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but I have a working theory that people can use System 1 thinking for tasks around thirty IQ points below their System 2 competence level.
In other words, if calculus 1 requires about a minimum of 115 IQ then a person with 145 can pick it up without effortful thought.
This is helpful for estimating very high IQ people because they often aren’t accustomed to thinking very hard, so when they get really frustrated out of nowhere you know they’re above their System 1 limit.
It would be even more helpful if I made a scale with some reference points…
Well, in reality I think it’s more like this: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1c/Hash_table_average_insertion_time.png/362px-Hash_table_average_insertion_time.png
Where the Linear Probing one corresponds to effort.

I see what you’re trying to say
it’s when someone hits that wall where they have to stop and think

Yup, the part where you really slow down on the harder IQ test items.
Well, the initial period where the internal monologue was going maybe 30% of the time has subsided. Things are more or less back to normal now.
Maybe slightly elevated.

Interesting observation #3: I started seeing objects in the world around me like things to interact with in a video game. Rather than seeing a tree, I would see a thing that could be climbed, or have a branch broken off of it, or leaves collected, or whatever.
When I looked at the grass, I would see attributes of grass-like things.

Now that’s interesting

“Instrumentality” is the word that came to mind.

As opposed to functional fixedness
Or viewing things as some intrinsic essence
A table as a table instead of a barricade, a stepladder, an exercise device…etc

Before spending a giant chunk of my time on a computer every day, I think I was experiencing the world in a more primitive iS/eS way.
Looking at the trees was more like looking at a landscape painting.
Trees in a painting aren’t seen as interactive objects. They’re almost purely spiritual representations.

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2 Responses to Observed changes while becoming a computer bugman

  1. aiaslives says:

    > Interesting observation #3: I started seeing objects in the world around me like things to interact with in a video game. Rather than seeing a tree, I would see a thing that could be climbed, or have a branch broken off of it, or leaves collected, or whatever.
    > When I looked at the grass, I would see attributes of grass-like things.

    How’s your unconsious depth perception?

    Also, try being a font nerd. Most things aggravate one then.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >How’s your unconsious depth perception?

      First I’ve heard of such a thing, but I’d guess it’s as good as any other high school athlete’s.

      >Also, try being a font nerd.

      That rabbithole never appealed to me. I’d rather watch birds. An interesting observation from watching birds is they’re a bunch of assholes.

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