Posted by: Edward | November 21, 2006

Blink and Tipping Point as Secular Sorcery

Malcolm Gladwell is writing about Sorcery. Blink is mainly about adjusting perceptions and cognition while Tipping Point is primarily about affecting change. To put that in Castaneda’s terms, Blink is about learning to See and Tipping Point is about applying your Will. If you were to add David Allen’s Getting Things Done you would have impeccability and would be acting as a warrior.

Untrained introspection destroys people’s ability to utilize rapid cognition. However, training in a systematic approach to the subject matter can over time become embedded in the unconscious and improve rapid cognition. The reason for this is that too much data is detrimental. Instead we need to find the key details, what Castaneda would call the Joints.

Systematic Blinking

  1. Train yourself by looking at key details systematically
  2. Hide extraneous or misleading information
  3. Accept and appreciate rapid responses as data rather than as judgments
  4. Slow or calm situation and reactions as much as possible to maintain conscious control.

It is by controlling the framing context of the situation systematically that we get the best results from our rapid unconscious cognition.

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Responses

  1. beautiful

  2. […] Eighty percent about what you need to know about a persons posture and balance can be got by comparing hip positions to shoulder positions to feet positions. Add in hand positions and you have what they are doing too. Just an example of systemizing what you look for while using thin-slicing and blink cognition. […]

  3. Nice work!

  4. Also interesting as a reminder that DiCaprio is starring in the film adaptation of Gladwell’s Blink.

  5. How do you have ‘impeccability’? That statement is meaningless.

  6. Is this a language complaint or a conceptual one?

    Impeccability is a jargon term from Carlos Castaneda. Basically it refers to someone following the way of the warrior and does not waste their personal energy on unimportant concerns.

    And what I meant by the sentence is that if you combine the methods of GTD with the attitudes and skills of Blink and Tipping point you would have an attitude and behaviour set roughly in line with what Castaneda labels impeccability.

  7. I quite like this post – Castaneda’s notion of “impeccability” is really the same thing as Burroughs’ notion of the “Discipline of the Do-Easy” – a concept found in many sources under different names, but essentially the same basic idea.

    Quite a fascinating amalgam of ideas you’ve put together here. Nicely written as well – “the Elements of Style” would approve.

  8. […] Eighty percent about what you need to know about a persons posture and balance can be got by comparing hip positions to shoulder positions to feet positions. Add in hand positions and you have what they are doing too. Just an example of systemizing what you look for while using thin-slicing and blink cognition. […]

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