Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Making good progress with fixation cards, Brock String and Vivid Vision

Making good progress.  I've become very sensitive to change, and I can see changes occurring with objective metrics.  So even though I'm noticing changes on a near daily basis, I can tell there is quite a bit more work to do, because I know that every step I take is going to be deliberate painstaking work.

I'm still making progress with the fixation cards.  As of now, I start with attempting to fuse with a four diopter prism.  Then about four minutes in, I try without any prism.  Sometimes I put it back in.  I've noticed huge changes in my ability to get both eyes to accommodate in near synchrony.  Still no depth the fixation cards.  

Brock String is still doing really well.  The double images are still getting closer to one another, even in the trouble areas.  

In addition to Fixation cards, columns, and Brock String, I've begun to work with Vivid Vision.  I signed an NDA so I cannot talk about it, but I'm helping them test and debug some of the software.  I think it might be helping my vision in addition to the other vision therapy exercises I'm doing.

My last conscious hour every day in the past week has been reading this new book that I'd heard about from James Altucher's podcast.  It's called Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise.

It was written by a guy who holds the record for having the most Swedish-sounding name ever: Anders Ericsson.  It's a pretty cool book.  The central thesis of the book is that we can create our potential, and we can create talent.  This is in contrast to the view that genes determine our potential, and it's up to us as to whether we fulfill that potential.  

To me, that idea sounds a little confusing at the outset--that we can create our potential.  I think maybe a more accurate and less confusing way of putting it is that ordinary people have much more potential than we realize.  And whether that potential is realized depends a lot on the quality of training techniques that are implemented.  

In the book he talks a lot about the idea of deliberate practice, which--I'm not going to get into it, but it's a much more focused and active kind of practice.  Constantly probing for where you're weak, thinking about what you're doing, and what may need to be done, or stripped away.  It's active and deliberate.  He compared this to the ordinary way in which people learn, which is that people pick something up, and get to the point where they're 'good enough', and then they stop improving, and keep doing what they're doing, because there's no apparent reason to.  They're 'good enough'.  

Well, that really struck a chord with me, because this 'deliberate practice' is exactly what I'm been doing with vision therapy, particularly in the past few months.  In fact, thinking about thinking, and thinking about learning, has been something that I only really started doing sometime around 30 years old, and it's had tremendously beneficial effects on me, in all aspects of life.  It has definitely coincided with the improvement in the quality of my life.  

But anyway... cool book so far.  Very, extremely relevant to people who are doing vision therapy as adults.  

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