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Comments on DecNef: Download Skills Into Your Brain
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"I should also mention that in his 1938 story Easy Money, sf legend Edmond Hamilton described a control helmet that speeded up the process by which individuals formed a more coherent society.

In his 1957 novel Cities in Flight, James Blish described an accelerated schooling helmet, which he described as a "bright metal helmet which had inside it what seemed to be hundreds of tiny, extremely sharp points".

So, this concept has been around in a very specific form for a long time."
(Bill Christensen 12/14/2011 5:03:30 PM)

"Even when you know "what" to do, it takes a lot of training to develop "muscle memory""
(Peter Jacobs 12/14/2011 9:27:50 PM)
"Peter, thanks for making a great point. Here's a few words on that subject from an article on sports:

"Muscle memory is the interaction between the brain and the nervous system. In sport science we call it “proprioception”. Proprioceptors are the nerve endings that tell the brain where your arms, hands, legs, feet, fingers, toes, etc. are located in time and space. In fact, it tells the body without even seeing them. In sport science we call this a kinesthetic sense of awareness. A person that types without looking at the keyboard exemplifies the proprioceptors at work. Without conscious thought, the fingers of the typist strike the correct keys, and often at a quick rate. This is muscle memory or proprioception at work. Without it, you would look down at the keyboard the entire time. Without it, you would have to watch yourself dribble the basketball or soccer ball the entire time."
Muscle Memory"
(Bill Christensen 12/15/2011 5:44:32 AM)

"I thought of this: The Fourth "R" by George O. Smith I read it years back and it is available on the Gutenburg site. "
(Icecycle 12/15/2011 11:52:35 AM)
"Thanks! I haven't read Smith in years; I wonder if that story is in a collection that I already have... anyway, I'll look it up on Gutenberg. Thanks for stopping by!"
(Bill Christensen 12/15/2011 1:30:13 PM)
"Considering the absolutely miserable quality of most instructional material, this would be very much like hooking your brain to a sewer line. "
( 12/15/2011 10:01:00 PM)
"I taught for many years, so I guess I'm biased toward the idea that a civilization that could actually do 'accelerated learning' would have useful material to impart. However, I was a student for many years too, and I can't help but agree with your statement. After all, the Internet is an amazing piece of technology, and yet look at all of the crap."
(Bill Christensen 12/16/2011 5:40:03 AM)

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