Self-Cybernetics

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Model: Viewing yourself and your environment interacting as a system Action: Generating your own cybernetic systems to alter what you do

  1. Storing information into your environment
  2. Treating your future self as an unreliable actor and trying to influence it
  3. Creating or using tools/rules that generate a self-cybernetic system
  • I'm already (sub)consciously doing:
    • 1 - by leaving things I don't want to forget to take with me by the door/shoes
    • 2, 3 - by building Timav, Muninn, etc.

non-cybernetic thinking: what type of note-taking system is the easiest to look things up? cybernetic-thinking: what type of note-taking system will cause me to write things down in a way that is easy to look them up?

  • is my current Zettelkasten system more non-cybernetic than cybernetic?
    • I enforce some things with the way I input the notes (like rewriting)

How do you know when you're caught in a harmful cybernetic system (...)?

  • there are issues with self-cybernetics approach - I found out that the way I show the time-tracking data to myself, I change how I act, sometimes subconsciously

Do self-cybernetic systems weaken your willpower? Or is an emphasis on willpower less compassionate and understanding of the social environments that affect us? As opposed to self-cybernetics, what are self-agency exercises? Travel is perhaps an exercise where you do not design environments but appreciate them.

  • I'm not sure how "chanting" and other repeated "magic words" are related to this

Cybernetics

Each Extensions is an Amputation

  • relying on self-cybernetics to model ones behaviour could make one completely lost without those external inputs
    • reference: "Accelerando" and Manfred's glasses

On Being Well Rounded

Peripheral Vision in Software

  • similar to how I leave physical things I need to take with me near my shoes - self-cybernetics
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