10.10.10 – SOT celebrates the Power of Ten

Today is 10.10.10 – the tenth of October 2010. Ten is the Official Number of the School of Thinking so we can take this opportunity to celebrate the Power of Ten …


Measurement is a very important skill for the brainuser to develop. Let’s look at units of measurement. It’s very helpful, when trying to measure things, to have a unit of measurement. Having a basic unit of measurement means you can keep score and then compare one score against another.

For example, the whole metric system uses a number of units of measurement based on the decimal (or 10) system. We have metres, litres, dollars and grams. So, if you want to measure how far you have to travel to work you can do so and the answer may be 10 metres if you work at home or 10 kilometres if you don’t.

You can use dollars to figure costs and overheads and to help control them and bring them down. You can also use dollars to figure revenues and sales results and help move them up.

Metrics – Measuring Your Job

The more you can bring metrics or measurements to aspects of your job, the more you can take control and the more interesting your job becomes. What things can you measure in your job?

– Costs – eliminations, reductions or increases?
– Accidents/safety – lower or higher?
– Sales calls – more or less?
– Delivery times – longer or shorter?
– Wastage – less or more?
– Materials used – more or less?
– Industrial disputes – fewer or more often? etc.

Decimal Cognetics

In the last lesson, we’ve already seen that a CVS can never be equal to a BVS. So, what exactly is a BVS?

A BVS is a decimal of a CVS. A CVS is also a decimal of a BVS. In other words, they are related by powers of ten. Sometimes a BVS is ten times smaller than a CVS. Other times it is ten times greater. From experience, it is usually the latter, but not always.

By decimalizing (yes, it is a word) cognetics we are introducing measurement into the brain software and we get more control. Cognetics now becomes a more useful brain tool. Remember, cognetics is decimal. In cognetics we use the number ten.

The deliberate or habitual use of the number 10 is called Tenpower.

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Happiness: a matter of choice?

– Amy Corderoy: The Age, Melbourne

Research shows that choice of partner and life goals drastically affect a person’s satisfaction with life – overturning the popular theory that happiness is largely decided by personality traits moulded early in life and genetic factors.


Over the course of their life, about 40 per cent of people experienced large changes in their levels of happiness, said the study leader, Bruce Headey, an associate professor at the Melbourne Institute at Melbourne University.

The study, the first to track happiness over a long period, followed 60,000 Germans for up to 25 years.

Over the long-term, happiness was variable, and depended on the life goals and choices of the individual.

People who prioritised their relationship with their partner and children were happier than those interested in career or material success, as were those with altruistic goals such as helping people or being involved in social or political activities.

Working shorter hours did not necessarily lead to happiness, but working a lot more or less than they wanted made people very unhappy.

”It appears that prioritising success and material goals is actually harmful to life satisfaction,” Professor Headey wrote in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Partner choice played a big role. Women were less happy if their partner did not prioritise family goals than if they had no partner, and people with a neurotic partner were far less happy over time.

Doing exercise was beneficial, and obesity was strongly linked to unhappiness – particularly for women.

Professor Headey did not know why many people kept prioritising goals that did not seem to make them happy: ”I think people don’t often sit down and think about what really makes them happy, and then try to do more of that.”

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“spaced training” vs “massed training”

SOT members are already familiar with the spaced training method used by SOT.

Spaced training is an effective way to produce skills because it allows for repetition over time. This is the training strategy that is used by the military, the music conservatory, the aviation school and other institutions where virtuosity is the training goal, not just knowledge.

Many business and academic institutions use massed training which tries to cram training into one or two sessions. Massed training is a far less effective strategy for retaining knowledge or developing skills. It is completely ineffective for achieving virtuosity.

Repetition became unfashionable as a teaching strategy in education about 30 years ago. However, at SOT, we have evolved our own training method over that time to see what delivers better results. Repetition is a powerful strategy in the human brain because the brain is a patterning system and the architecture of patterns is repetition.

The brain thrives on repetition not distraction. One of the problems with multi-tasking is that the brain is distracted from acquiring the necessary depth of patterning to cement knowledge into skill.

We send out daily email lessons with small amounts of information to learn–spaced out over time. These lessons arrive at the desk of the trainee day by day … by … day by day.

We encourage the strategy of repetition in SOT and recommend X10 as a powerful tool for repetition. We call it TENPOWER. — You can click here for our lesson on Tenpower.

Each lesson has a DFQ (Daily Feedback Question) and the member can not only post their own answer to the DFQ but can also review the answers of other SOT members. This SOT method of reinforcement and repetition has proven to be a very effective one which produces measureable results.

— Click here for a recent study by McGill University from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) of McGill University which shows the differences between spaced training (distributed over time) and massed training (at very short intervals).