What if smartphoning is the new smoking?

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How can you protect your child’s brain from internet radicalisation, contagious conspiracy memes and just silly social cybercrap.

My primary motivation in raising this is for the particular welfare of the vulnerable young brain which is exposed, for hours and hours every day, to the bare, intimate and unchaperoned screen of a personal smartphone.

Other current gadgets, too, like laptops and gametops and the accelerating and careening future into … OMG … the internet of things!

Frightened of stranger danger at the end of their street youngsters are lovingly driven to school in the morning and picked up in the afternoon.

Yet, these young brains, naked and unprotected with their latest smartphone never far from their grasp, are then set free to blindly venture forth into a world of enemy hackers and creepy trolls, cunning tricksters and cybercriminals, and bullies and the bogeyman!

Children are absurdly inexperienced, insecure and ill-equipped in their approach to the crackling chaos of the internet–the 24/7/365 whirling, howling, cacophonous wilderness of the greedy grasping global marketplace with its siren songs, ferocious fads, toxic wastes and vicious moods, its callous explosions, its viral plagues and epidemics and cruel and sudden extinctions.

These hidden minefields of traps and predators are putting capricious end to the promising future, safe conduct and healthy development of their most precious possession. Their brain.

While kids probably already have good anti-viral protection for their laptops and smartphones my concern here is that they also should have equal protection for their greatest gadget of all. Their own personal necktop computer.

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 There are Two Kinds of Truths

true 1. in accordance with fact or reality. 2. genuine; not spurious or counterfeit.
– Oxford English Dictionary

Offline or online, the world is a wide web of truths. It’s a shopping mall. A huge marketplace of all kinds of truths. Little truths. Big truths. There are many, many truths. Millions of them. These truths live in brains and are, literally, hopping about from brain to brain via smartphones all day long, 24/7. Yes, 365.

https://i1.wp.com/static.digg.com/images/cdbadb6315724a5285341b24f64b4b44_8ffdf2a0dddb4026a0355bbe9646e6e0_header.jpeg?resize=656%2C364

There are all kinds of truths that want to live in your brain. Some are true and some are untrue. There are acquired truths. There are real truths. There are new truths and old truths. Unscientific and scientific. Low-probability and high-probability. Dormant and dominant. Lazy and busy. Simple truths. Complex. Vicious and virtuous truths. Dumb. Clever. Logical and lateral. Popular truths and secret ones. Fast truths and slow truths. There are convenient truths and inconvenient truths. etc. etc.

We can divide all these truths into two general categories: fake and real.

https://i0.wp.com/cdn.psychologytoday.com/sites/default/files/blogs/38993/2011/03/56749-48508.gif?w=656&ssl=1

To paraphrase the OED, fake truths are spurious and counterfeit. Real truths accord with fact and reality.

There are hives of truths, megahives, There are places that host replicating truths. For example Facebook and Wikipedia and Weibo. Here there are millions of truths buzzing about from brain to brain on second-by-second transactions at the speed of light across the wired world. Some truths are better at replicating than others. Some win. Some lose.

Remember, truths always need homes to live in and these homes are human brains. The most successful truths are the ones that are good at acquiring brains. They spread, virally, from brain to brain across the web.

Other truths are less successful and some may not even survive. This is the darwinian fate of truths. Replicate or die!

Now. This is the thing. Get ready for may what come as a big shock. Because the cognitive consequences of this next insight are huuuuuuuge!

The most successful truths are not always the real truths!

Fake truths often spread faster than real truths. Counterfeit memes are often more popular than facts. Convenient truths may acquire many more brains than inconvenient truths. So, from now on, we can divide all the roaming truths in the world into two categories: acquired and real.

Real truths are those truths that are supported by facts and most accord with reality. They have the balance of evidence on their side.

Acquired truths are those that are simply good at getting replicated into your brain but are not real truths at all.

 

https://peakengineering.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/inconvenient-truth.jpg?resize=656%2C475

Both ‘smoking is cool’ and ‘smartphones are cool’ are acquired truths. They can be acquired through exposure to repetition whether through advertising, media, big authority or through daily domestic or social group pressure.

If everyone, everywhere, everyday are smoking then it’s very difficult for a young brain to not become infected with the ATV that ‘smoking is cool’. What protection does the young brain have from such a social onslaught?

If everyone, everywhere, all the time are smartphoning then it’s very difficult for a young brain to not become infected with the acquired truth that ‘smartphoning is cool’. On what basis could a young brain reasonably be expected to  have the wisdom to resist?

What if smartphoning is the new smoking? 

How would you even know?

Unwisdom is the worst of ills. – Sophocles

Unwisdom is a wicked problem, especially for the younger brain. It is, in fact, a very serious cognitive deficit. It is a wicked problem because there is no real solution. Many young brains suffer from this problem because it is largely a predicament of the younger brain ipso facto, by virtue of the fact of being a young brain.

Unwisdom is a very old word because it is a very old problem. It’s a wicked paradox:

TO KNOW that one does not know something is a problem that can be solved. It can be solved by acquiring the knowledge, skills and experience that are known to be missing.

But TO NOT KNOW that one does not know something is a wicked paradox that cannot be solved within the logic of the situation. This is the problem of unwisdom.

This is why it is a relatively simple thing for a young brain to become radicalised. Yet, it is a very difficult thing to radicalise a skilled, wise and experienced brain.

Young brains are fair game. They always have been. Aristotle said, “Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man”. Interesting. Think about the impressionability, the vulnerability of children and the cognitive implications of what he means.

I have even heard this quote attributed to St Francis de Sales and other religious figures, who may, of course, have been paraphrasing Aristotle who also said in Rhetoric, “The mind is in its prime about the age of 49.”

The internet is a particularly fertile environment for older brains to radicalise younger brains. There the manipulation of young brains is convenient because so many unwise young brains inhabit cyberspace, without protection, and are getting daily online megadoses 24/7/365.

https://i1.wp.com/www.frontiersin.org/files/Articles/123581/frym-2013-00015-HTML/image_m/main.jpg?resize=656%2C328

Not all radicalisation leads to violence at all but the process usually involves multiple reinforcements that, with enough exposure, can desensitise young brains to committing acts of increasing anger, rage and aggressive behaviour.

Radicalisation by Domino Theory

50 years ago when I was finally escaping my teens, before I was even old enough to vote, my own brain was radicalised by much older brains when I just turned 20 years of age.

Back in the 60s, long before the internet, I was infected with a meme (or a ‘truth’) called The Domino Theory which was, in simple terms, “the fear of China’s hegemony”.

https://i2.wp.com/npaphistory.wikispaces.com/file/view/Domino_Theory.jpg/96914580/Domino_Theory.jpg?w=656&ssl=1

As youngsters, we were told that America (and therefore Australia) was threatened by the ‘Domino Theory’ and that we were to stop it by fighting it in Indochina. History refers to this as the American War in Vietnam.

This acquired truth took two years out of my young life to be trained to go and fight. Then, another ten years to be forgiven for going. My brain has healed but there are scars.

As far as I can see, “the fear of China’s hegemony” is still today being used, especially by American globalisation, to radicalise young unwise brains but my older and wiser and experienced brain is immune and is less likely to be radicalised by the relentless onslaught of these faceless subversive influencers.

I hope.

– Michael Hewitt-Gleeson, August 2016

Introduction

What if you had a virus in your brain?
     
What if it was a cognitive virus, a kind of cognitive AIDS?
     
What would it do to you? How would it affect your thinking?
     
How did you get infected with the virus?
     
What personal protection can you have against it?

Every technology has its hackers – those enthusiasts who enjoy exploring the intimate details of the system, cracking the codes and stretching and testing the capabilities of systems. You’ve no doubt read about the security hackers who have ripped-off the identity of millions of individual customers and robbed their banks of billions of dollars.

We’ve seen nuclear hackers who have designed DIY nuclear weapons for science projects and we have online hackers who roam the networks, some for fun and some for mischief.

No doubt it won’t be long before we read of inchoate genetic hackers who amuse themselves by splashing and splicing around in our gene pool.

Hackers, driven by strong curiosity, often just start off by seeking amusement and showing off their skill but sometimes their antics lead to chaos, fraud and very often … disaster!

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In recent years, there are state-sponsored hackers manipulating global IT systems by designing viruses that replicate themselves into other systems. Few hackers, whether individuals or state-employed, are competent enough or even willing to fully comprehend the ongoing and real consequences of their viral coding.

Many of their viruses took off out of control and by now have infected billions of computers and smartphones. These viruses are real! They cause real down time, real loss of capital, real damage to equipment, real destruction of databases and real loss of life.

The FBI’s cyber division says that computer attacks pose the biggest risk: “From a national security perspective, other than a weapon of mass destruction or a bomb in one of our major cities. Other than a nuclear device or some other type of destructive weapon, the threat to our infrastructure, the threat to our intelligence, the threat to our computer network is the most critical threat we face”.

US experts talk of “cybergeddon,” in which an advanced economy — where almost everything of importance is linked to or even controlled by computers — is sabotaged and crashed by hackers.

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The secretary for public safety in New York state, described “a huge threat out there” against everything from banking institutions to municipal water systems and dams. Any daily cybertransaction can be infected by computer viruses:

  • Wall Street decisions involving the transfer of capital in the trillions
  • credit-card transactions between billions of traders and their customers
  • airline reservations affecting thousands of travellers maintenance
  • command decisions involving hundreds of US missiles and others

The mind boggles at the havoc that can be caused if these viruses spread unchecked. Yet, there is a virus, a particular brain virus, which already exists in the brains of many humans from preachers to presidents, that makes these computer viruses look wimps by comparison. I’ve identified it as ATV.

This ATV brain virus–or meme–is real. It’s seductive and it’s very powerful.

ATV is also highly destructive. Just last century alone more than 26 million humans were killed in the world wars, revolutionary wars, conflicts, pogroms, persecutions, genocides and racial cleansings. It can be argued that many or most of these events were initiated by people infected with ATV and motivated to impose their ‘Acquired Truth’ on others.

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ATV in the brain of an unpredictable sociopathic president with a ready smartphone, or even an ATV-infected and radicalised terrorist, could unleash a missile that starts the unthinkable nuclear madness that threatens the very existence of humanity.

ATV in the brain of a Fortune 500 CEO can threaten the survival of the business. In the brains of ordinary schoolyard youngsters with smartphones, ATV can cripple them for life.

And, in YOUR brain???

This brain virus is the Acquired Truth Virus (ATV) and chances are almost certain that you, dear brainuser, are already infected.

In this book you will not only come to understand the brain virus and how it affects your life but you will also find out exactly what you can do to contain it.

You will get immune-building, science-based protocols that a help you protect your brain from viral attack and slow thinking. And, you’ll learn a very powerful tool for increasing your speed of thought called x10 Thinking.

It’s also fun to do.

These brain viruses have also been written about by other authors. Another scientific name for these brain viruses is 'memes' as coined by Oxford biologist, Richard Dawkins, in his book The Selfish Gene (1976). In my earlier books Software For Your Brain (1989) and The X10 Memeplex: Multiply Your Business By Ten! (Prentice-Hall, 2000) I looked more academically and more deeply into the concept of 'information brain viruses’ that replicate from brain to brain and these earlier works have also supplied some of the research, information and material for this new book.
CONTENTS

Introduction    

PART ONE 

01        Is it true?
02        Two kinds of truths: REAL and FAKE
03        Radicalisation by ATV

(So far previewed. More to come)

04        Conspiracy Theories by ATV
05        Cybercrap by ATV
06        DOSAGE
07        PROXIMITY
08        SPEED
____________________________________________

PART TWO

08        SHIELD:  Protection for YOUR brain
09        THINK:   cvs2bvs
10        ESCAPE:  x10Thinking: 
11        SEARCH:  Ten Ways to Test for ATV
12        RETURN:  Dollarization. Valuation.  Return.    

Glossary of the Brain Software

COOL PROJECT:  CANCER x10

About the School of Thinking

 

NEXT CHAPTER (click):


CHAPTER ONE Is It True?

CHAPTER ONE Is It True?

true 1. in accordance with fact or reality. 2. genuine; not spurious or counterfeit.
– Oxford English Dictionary

 

The very short version of this book is simply to know how to ask and how to get a good answer to the direct and searching question: Is it true? That’s it and good luck.

The longer version

However, for those who want a little more we can continue with the longer version where we will unpack this simple but very powerful question and learn more about how to use it and how to be sure to get a good answer. This is the first and most basic question of science: Is it true?

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Fasten your seat belts! It’s a bit of a rocky ride.

My primary motivation for this book is for the particular welfare of the vulnerable young brain which is exposed, for hours and hours every day, to the bare, intimate and unchaperoned screen of a personal smartphone.

Other current gadgets, too, like laptops and gametops and the accelerating and careening future into … OMG … the internet of things!

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Frightened of stranger danger at the end of their street youngsters are lovingly driven to school in the morning and picked up in the afternoon.

Yet, these young brains, naked and unprotected with their latest smartphone never far from their grasp, are then set free to blindly venture forth into a world of hackers and trolls, tricksters and cybercriminals, and bullies and the bogeyman!

https://i1.wp.com/blog.lookout.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/desktop.jpeg?w=656&ssl=1

Children are absurdly inexperienced, insecure and ill-equipped in their approach to the crackling chaos of the internet–the 24/7/365 whirling, howling, cacophonous wilderness of the greedy grasping global marketplace with its siren songs, ferocious fads, toxic wastes and vicious moods, its callous explosions, its viral plagues and epidemics and cruel and sudden extinctions.

These hidden minefields of traps and predators are putting capricious end to the promising future, safe conduct and healthy development of their most precious possession. Their brain.

While kids probably already have good anti-viral protection for their laptops and smartphones my concern here is that they also should have equal protection for their greatest gadget of all. Their own personal necktop computer.

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A condom for your brain

Not just for your gadgets but you also need personal protection against infection from malware in your necktop computer.

Develop the protective habit of asking (and getting a good answer to) the question: IS IT TRUE? 

It’s like a condom for your brain. Just ask: Is it true!

 

NEXT CHAPTER:

CHAPTER TWO Two Kinds of Truths

 

CHAPTER TWO Two Kinds of Truths

true 1. in accordance with fact or reality. 2. genuine; not spurious or counterfeit.
– Oxford English Dictionary

 

Offline or online, the world is a wide web of truths. It’s a shopping mall. A huge marketplace of all kinds of truths. Little truths. Big truths. There are many, many truths. Millions of them. These truths live in brains and are, literally, hopping about from brain to brain via smartphones all day long, 24/7. Yes, 365.

https://i1.wp.com/static.digg.com/images/cdbadb6315724a5285341b24f64b4b44_8ffdf2a0dddb4026a0355bbe9646e6e0_header.jpeg?resize=656%2C364

There are all kinds of truths that want to live in your brain. Some are true and some are untrue. There are acquired truths. There are real truths. There are new truths and old truths. Unscientific and scientific. Low-probability and high-probability. Dormant and dominant. Lazy and busy. Simple truths. Complex. Vicious and virtuous truths. Dumb. Clever. Logical and lateral. Popular truths and secret ones. Fast truths and slow truths. There are convenient truths and inconvenient truths. etc. etc.

I’ve repeated the OED definition of true again at the head of this chapter because we can divide all these truths into two general categories: fake and real.

https://i0.wp.com/cdn.psychologytoday.com/sites/default/files/blogs/38993/2011/03/56749-48508.gif?w=656&ssl=1

To paraphrase the OED, fake truths are spurious and counterfeit. Real truths accord with fact and reality.

There are hives of truths, megahives, There are places that host replicating truths. For example Facebook and Wikipedia and Weibo. Here there are millions of truths buzzing about from brain to brain on second-by-second

transactions at the speed of light across the wired world. Some truths are better at replicating than others. Some win. Some lose.

Remember, truths always need homes to live in and these homes are human brains. The most successful truths are the ones that are good at acquiring brains. They spread, virally, from brain to brain across the web.

Other truths are less successful and some may not even survive. This is the darwinian fate of truths. Replicate or die!

Now. This is the thing. Get ready for may what come as a big shock. Because the cognitive consequences of this next insight are huuuuuuuge!

The most successful truths are not always the real truths!

Fake truths often spread faster than real truths. Counterfeit memes are often more popular than facts. Convenient truths may acquire many more brains than inconvenient truths.

So, from now on, we are going to divide all the truths in the world into two categories: acquired and real.

  • Real truths are those truths that are supported by facts and most accord with reality. They have the balance of evidence on their side.
  • Acquired truths are those that are simply good at getting replicated into your brain but are not real truths at all.

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The Brainvirus – ATV

In particular, I now want to draw your attention to ATV, the Acquired Truth Virus. The Acquired Truth Virus, or ATV, is a brainvirus that lives in your brain which claims to be a real truth but is not. It’s a fake. It’s counterfeit.

This book is how to protect your brain from ATV.

 

Just suppose there are two kinds of truths, REAL or FAKE, 
and you were asked to judge 3 of each. 

DFQ 01:  Name three real truths and three fake truths.

REAL 1

REAL 2

REAL 3

FAKE 1

FAKE 2

FAKE 3
NEXT:  CHAPTER THREE Radicalisation by ATV

CHAPTER THREE Radicalisation by ATV

True, as unwisdom is the worst of ills.  – Sophocles

 

ATV, Acquired Truth Virus, is a brainvirus that lives in your brain which claims to be a real truth but is not. It’s a fake. It’s counterfeit. It is simply acquired through transmission.

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ATVs, like ‘smoking is cool’ or ‘smartphones are cool’ can be acquired through exposure to repetition of the truth whether through advertising, media, big authority or through daily social group pressure.

If everyone, everywhere, everyday are smoking then it’s very difficult for a young brain to not become infected with the ATV that ‘smoking is cool’. What protection does the young brain have from such a social onslaught?

If everyone, everywhere, all the time are smartphoning then it’s very difficult for a young brain to not become infected with the ATV that ‘smartphoning is cool’. On what basis could a young brain reasonably be expected to  have the wisdom to resist?

What if smartphoning is the new smoking?

How would you even know?

Unwisdom is a wicked problem, especially for the younger brain. It is, in fact, a very serious cognitive deficit. It is a wicked problem because there is no real solution. Many young brains suffer from this problem because it is largely a predicament of the younger brain ipso facto, by virtue of the fact of being a young brain.

Unwisdom is a very old word because it is a very old problem. It’s a wicked paradox:

TO KNOW that one does not know something is a problem that can be solved. It can be solved by acquiring the knowledge, skills and experience that are known to be missing.

But TO NOT KNOW that one does not know something is a wicked paradox that cannot be solved within the logic of the situation. This is the problem of unwisdom.

This is why it is a relatively simple thing for a young brain to become radicalised. Yet, it is a very difficult thing to radicalise a skilled, wise and experienced brain.

Young brains are fair game. They always have been. Aristotle said, “Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man”. Interesting. Think about the impressionability, the vulnerability of children and the cognitive implications of what he means.

I have even heard this quote attributed to St Francis de Sales and other religious figures, who may, of course, have been paraphrasing Aristotle who also said in Rhetoric, “The mind is in its prime about the age of 49.”

The internet is a particularly fertile environment for older brains to radicalise younger brains. There the manipulation of young brains is convenient because so many unwise young brains inhabit cyberspace, without protection, and are getting daily online megadoses 24/7/365.

https://i1.wp.com/www.frontiersin.org/files/Articles/123581/frym-2013-00015-HTML/image_m/main.jpg?resize=656%2C328

Not all radicalisation leads to violence at all but the process usually involves multiple reinforcements that, with enough exposure, can desensitise young brains to committing acts of increasing anger, rage and aggressive behaviour.

The Domino Theory

50 years ago when I was finally escaping my teens, before I was even old enough to vote, my own brain was radicalised by much older brains when I just turned 20 years of age.

Back in the 60s, long before the internet, I was infected with a meme (or a ‘truth’) called The Domino Theory which was, in simple terms, “the fear of China’s hegemony”.

https://i2.wp.com/npaphistory.wikispaces.com/file/view/Domino_Theory.jpg/96914580/Domino_Theory.jpg?w=656&ssl=1

As youngsters, we were told that  America (and therefore Australia) was threatened by the ‘Domino Theory’ and that we were to stop it by fighting it in Indochina. History refers to this as the American War in Vietnam.

This acquired truth virus (ATV) took two years out of my young life to be trained to go and fight. Then, another ten years to be forgiven for going. My brain has healed but there are scars.

As far as I can see, “the fear of China’s hegemony” is still today being used to radicalise young unwise brains but my older and wiser and experienced brain is immune and is less likely to be radicalised by the relentless onslaught of these faceless subversive influencers.

I hope.

Just suppose there are two kinds of COOL things, REAL and FAKE, and you were asked to judge 3 of each. 

DFQ 02:  Name three real COOL and three fake COOL.

REAL 1

REAL 2

REAL 3

FAKE 1

FAKE 2

FAKE 3

The finite universe …

The blackness of the night sky is testament to the fact that the universe has a finite age.That age represents the maximum amount of time that light can have been traveling.

Because photons move at a definite, finite speed, that naturally means there is a limit to the distance they can have covered over the lifespan of the universe. We call this limit the particle horizon, and it marks the bounds of the observable universe.

Anything beyond the particle horizon is too far away for the photons it emits to reach us and thus can’t be seen even with the strongest telescope.

It’s not that there isn’t anything in the dark patches between the night stars: any objects that are there are just beyond the reach of our vision.

Illustration of Olbers’ Paradox (Wikimedia Common)

 

 

Two Kinds of Truths

true:  1. in accordance with fact or reality.  
2. genuine; not spurious or counterfeit.
                             - Oxford English Dictionary

Offline or online, the world is a wide web of truths. It’s a shopping mall. A huge marketplace of all kinds of truths. Little truths. Big truths. There are many, many truths. Millions of them.

These truths (or memes) live in brains and are, literally, hopping about from brain to brain via smartphones all day long, 24/7. Yes, 365.

https://i2.wp.com/i.ndtvimg.com/i/2016-02/kids-on-phone-generic_650x400_81454954408.jpg?w=656

There are all kinds of truths that want to live in your brain. Some are true and most are untrue.

There are acquired truths and real truths. There are new truths and old truths. Unscientific and scientific. Low-probability and high-probability. Dormant and dominant. Lazy and busy. Simple truths. Complex. Vicious and virtuous truths. Dumb. Clever. Logical and lateral. Popular truths and secret ones. Fast truths and slow truths. There are convenient truths and inconvenient truths. There are half truths.

https://i0.wp.com/28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l8fo0tSwpe1qa2vdgo1_500.png?resize=595%2C357

I’ve repeated the OED definition of true again at the head of this chapter because we can divide all these truths into two general categories: fake and real.

To paraphrase the OED, fake truths are spurious and counterfeit. Real truths accord with fact and reality.

There are hives of truths, megahives, There are places that host replicating truths. For example Facebook and Wikipedia and Weibo. Here there are millions of truths buzzing about from brain to brain on second-by-second transactions at the speed of light across the wired world. Some truths are better at replicating than others. Some win. Some lose.

Remember, truths always need homes to live in and these homes are human brains. The most successful truths are the ones that are good at acquiring brains. They spread, virally, from brain to brain across the web.

Other truths are less successful and some may not even survive. This is the darwinian fate of truths. Replicate or die!

Now. This is the thing. Get ready for may what come as a big shock. Because the cognitive consequences of this next insight are huuuuuuuge!

The most successful truths

are not always the real truths!

Fake truths often spread faster than real truths. Counterfeit memes are often more popular than facts. Convenient truths may acquire many more brains than inconvenient truths.

So, from now on, we are going to divide all the truths in the world into two categories: acquired and real.

Real truths are those truths that are supported by facts and most accord with reality. They have the balance of evidence on their side.

Acquired truths are those that are simply good at getting replicated into your brain but are not real truths at all.

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Extract from new book:

Is smartphoning the new smoking? 

Michael Hewitt-Gleeson 2016.

Virtuosity – The Magic of Repetition

PRR Personal Trainer

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PRACTICE REPETITION REHEARSAL

In my business I often get asked in media interviews and seminars questions like, “What is the ultimate strategy for success?”

Everyone, understandably, wants a quick fix, a secret passage, a short-cut.

If there really is a short-cut. If there really is a secret passage. If there really is a genuine answer to such a question, I think it is what I have called – PRR which stands for Practice-Repetition-Rehearsal.

Practice-Repetition-Rehearsal x10
A pattern is something that is repeated more often than random chance. To develop new patterns of thinking your brain needs repetition to build the new pattern. Ten times the repetition. This is such an important strategy for your personal success that we will devote this whole lesson to it.

I had the pleasure of advising Jack Welch when he was Chairman of General Electric and used to say, “You’ve got to be out in front of crowds, repeating yourself over and over again, never changing your message no matter how much it bores you”.

Many people are not aware of the fact that the original concept of “self-help” and “individual personal development” was invented by the early orders of knighthood.

The Stirrup
It was the invention of the stirrup in the ninth century that led to the idea of the knight.

4wayNow a horseman was much surer in the saddle and so the cavalry charge against a wall of infantry became possible. This reduced infantry to the role of support troops and attention became focused on the horseman or cavalier or knicht (German) and his special individual training and personal development.

When one is a serious student of the history and strategies of training and personal development, one must research and analyse the concepts and strategies of everyone from Sun Tzu to the orders of chivalry.

Training + Service = Virtuosity
The ancient noble practises of thousands of hours of training and service allows the individual aspirant to attain an epic level of excellence and virtuosity.

This eliteness of training separated the orders of knighthood from their military predecessors. The notions of excellence and quality – of developing one’s ideals and physical prowess through tournaments and practice and of offering one’s service to others – became the original concepts of chivalry and knighthood.

This gave chivalry its peculiar quality which has endured for 900 years.

5361099-word-cloud-concept-illustration-of-chivalry-knighthoodThe New Age of Chivalry
All the original crusading orders of knights have been extinct for 200 years since Napoleon drove the last of them out of Malta in 1798 scattering them far and wide around Europe from London to St Petersburg in Russia. But today we see a big return to the ideals of training and service. Perhaps we are now in the New Age of Chivalry. An age of chivalry when the pen is mightier than the sword.

People around the world are attending seminars, reading books, buying tapes, attending training courses, gyms and so on at a rate that would make the ancient knights green with envy. You, yourself, doing this training, are one of them.

All of this goes to show that there is a big trend in Australia, the United States and around the world for people to help themselves and to help each other, as never before in history. And the bottom line is practice,
practice and more practice.

So, remember this: Seminars don’t work! Books don’t work on any subject unless you practise! On the other hand, practice always works. Repetition always works. Rehearsals always work.

The Ultimate Strategy is PRR!

There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever, that the ultimate strategy for success in any area is Practice-Repetition-Rehearsal or PRR (prounounced: “pee double-are”).

Jungle Warfare
During the Vietnam era, Australia’s Jungle Training Centre at Canungra in Queensland was considered one of the best in the world. In Jungle Warfare, one of the things soldiers must learn is what to do in the event of an ambush.

Now, of course, an ambush really is the worst situation you could be in. It’s totally unexpected and the natural patterns of behaviour are not useful.

Imagine that you are going along a jungle path nearly back at base camp, tired, certain you are safe. Suddenly you run into an AMBUSH!! Suppose the ambush is on your left. They’re lucky; they have the element of surprise. You try not to get into that kind of situation, but what if you do?

Opposite Way

Well, first, what is the natural thing to do? Naturally you will tend to run the opposite way, but all that does is to keep you clearly in the line of fire. Actually, the best thing to do is to turn left to face them and walk straight into the ambush, because on the other side of the ambush, lies safety (and you even get a chance to have a go at the other guys).

So that’s what military trainers teach: when a group runs into an ambush coming from the left, the lead man is supposed to yell “AMBUSH LEFT!!” and then everyone is supposed to turn left and attack. But, in a highly emotional situation like an ambush, it’s difficult to do that just because someone yells out “AMBUSH LEFT!!”

You know you’re supposed to turn left and walk straight into it. You could probably pass a written exam in that right now! You could probably even teach it to somebody else! But to actually DO it yourself is another matter. There’s a huge difference between knowing and doing.

Royal Australian Air Force
In the early 70s, in the RAAF, I was taught to eject from a plane.

Again, you don’t want to have to eject from an airplane, but when it’s necessary there is no other choice.

There are much more modern systems now, but the way I was taught on the Maachi Jet was this: you just reach up and pull down two little yellow and black striped handles.

That’s all you have to do! Everything else happens automatically. What that does is to detonate a bomb under your seat which explodes and pushes you through the canopy of the plane. Not very pleasant.

Of course it’s the lesser of two evils. If something goes wrong and you get the command “EJECT! EJECT! EJECT!”, at that moment you simply reach up and do it. You can’t wait to think, “This couldn’t be happening to me.” You have to eject immediately! You have to go first before the front seat pilot does because if he goes first, the explosion of his seat will kill you.

No, you don’t have any time to think it over. You must know that when you get that command you ARE going to reach up and do what’s called for. Again, it’s simple to know but difficult to DO.

Knowing Versus Doing
It’s another case where there’s all the difference in the world between knowing and doing. Doing takes skill, and skill comes with training. With practise, practise, practise over and over again you can do it. Then, when something or someone triggers the pattern with the command, “EJECT!”, it will trigger your being able to actually DO it.

In a patterning system, like your biological necktop, PRR (prounounced: “pee double-are”) is the ultimate strategy for building the deep executive patterns that you choose to override the weaker ones.

“The most successful people in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion. It is the one who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider – progressively able to grasp any theme or situation – persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thoughts upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.” – Alexander Graham Bell.

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PRR is like your own personal trainer. When you use the PRR necktop software you always improve. What new insights are you developing on the subject of PRR? Do you understand the strategic relationship between PRR and skill development? Do you understand that when it comes to aquiring virtuosity in any human skill the #1 strategy is PRR?

DFQ #072:

Give an example of how you once personally benefited from PRR in the past.