RE: Chess and Go study

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sat Dec 14 2002 - 18:11:30 MST

> There are also different ways of playing even within a single
> game. Once in my life I played chess in a way that was almost
> completely different from my normal chess playing mode. It is
> difficult to describe. I saw/felt/intuited the possibilities
> from any position. It was more like choreography than playing
> chess. I saw instantaneously how groups of pieces and moves
> would play against groups of response moves and pieces without
> the usual labor involved. It was quite strange and wonderful.
> In this mode I beat a state champion three games in a row, each
> time in less than 40 moves. I am usually not *that* good to
> say the least.
> - samantha

I know the "flow" state you're talking about, but I've never experienced it
while playing chess or any other game...

I can get there improvising music, writing, or doing math, or very
occasionally programming...

You have to have a mastery of the details sufficient that even abstract,
difficult combinations of details are "automated" for you. Then you can
think, create, act in terms of wholes rather than details...

Unfortunately, most humans don't get into this state *ever*, and most of us
who can access it sometimes, can only access it for certain types of tasks
or in certain circumstances.

The ability to get into a "flow" state in a wider variety of circumstances
and contexts will be one of the advantages of having a mind that's more
fully adaptive and self-modifiable (such as an AI mind, an uploaded mind, or
a neuro-digital hybrid mind).

-- Ben G

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