Sunday, March 29, 2009

#76 Pattern Thinking, part 1

  • What are patterns
    • Science: map of the world, theory
    • Structure wih a specific rhythm and beat
    • Mythology: Frank Herbert’s quote
    • Usefulness: patterns are everywhere, which ones we care about?
    • Repetition of a structure, sequence
  • Patterns in Self
    • Personal growth
    • Where you are, where you are going, and how to get there
  • Patterns in Relationships
  • Patterns in large systems
    • Business, politics
  • Why spotting patterns is important
    • Survival
  • Usefulness and dangers of patterns
    • Saves you CPU cycles
    • Learn from prior generations
    • Automated thinking, robotizing
    • Distinction: who has control – you over pattern, or pattern over you
    • Patterns help to survive, but too much pattern kills adaptation, which leads to extinction
    • Context of war: make sure you spot your patterns before your opponent does
    • Context of personal growth: use your friends / teachers to spot your patterns
    • Whose patterns are these? Where did you get them from? Do they work for you?

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