January 17, 2011
“Constant variation” does not mean “random.” Chris Moore proposes some ideas on CrossFit-style periodization.
Have you ever heard of a “kluge?”
It’s a computing term for an inelegant, inefficient and clumsy solution to a problem.
In his book Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind, Gary Marcus uses our own brains as an example. Think of an old house. It grows with the needs of the homeowner. With time, new additions are stacked on top of the old. Wood, wiring and pipe are added as needed, tying the structure together. If you could look behind those walls, you’d see a tangled mess. But a little fresh paint hides all that. The end result is something functional but rarely optimal.
Your mind works the same way. Primordial, impulsive structures are surrounded by late additions enabling language, planning, reason and restraint. Fresh wiring allows each part of the brain to communicate, but it’s not a perfect solution. Despite our intelligence, we remain susceptible to compulsion, obsession, delusion all consequence of a confederate mind. As you can imagine, this metaphor applies to more than just computers and brains.