The Walkabout Article; Addenda

The Addenda to the Walkabout article.

By Herb Wiggins, M.D.; Clinical Neurosciences; Discoverer/Creator of the Comparison Process/CP Theory/Model; 14 Mar. 2014.
Copyright © July 2019
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Some extra thoughts to expand upon the practicalities of how we walk from place to place.

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The first rule is very simple. What we do the most, will save us the most LE points. IF we do something all the time, the most efficient, time, distance routes will save us the most. If we do it rarely the pressure is off because it’s diminishing returns.
So what we do the most, we save the most on, & that’s a higher level least energy growth efficiency skill, as well.
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Next this applies very clearly to growing beards. We save lots of time not shaving, getting the materials, buying with costs, and so forth. The cheapest way to shave with the least blood loss/injury is the best.  An electric razor for those with lighter beards is the case. It’s fast and as most sites are electrified, not a problem. Going camping or on trips is a bit  tougher because many nations don’t use the same outlets nor currents as the others. Or we just let it grow.
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But the major other point is we shave/trim every day or not. The more we do not shave, the more Time we save. & we cannot buy time. And that will build up VERY quickly. Have over the last nearly 40 years saved scores of weeks of 40 hours days by not shaving. How much work and more time to do the necessities or relax is that? As we get older, our time becomes less and less. As disability and death come nearer, and we make the most of that time by not shaving and by growing a full beard. Too much trimming “isn’t” least energy.  (apostrophes are least energy, too). This is often why men grow beards after retiring.
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And then there’s the joke. Hair has many, at least 20 uses. So, why do older men grow beards?
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Well, most older men have a memory problem sooner or later. So if we want to remember what we last had to eat, we lick the beard or mustache and are reminded.  It’s a comparison process mnemonic method. grin.  Ahh, was  it spaghetti or pizza? (Lick, taste.) OK, spaghetti, the sauce comes through.
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First of all, this VIPoint. If we don’t minimize time we are missing the boat in most cases. We cannot buy or get more time. We can save time doing tasks more efficiently. We can go a least energy route, or least distance route, then that MIGHT take us longer to get there. So, Primum, we save time, unless we are low on gas, etc. We can buy more gas, we can run the bike or car longer, but we cannot get more time.
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And the least distance route usually SAVES time but not always. This was told to me by a professional driver, who was a sales person and had to get to places on time. He said, go the freeways, unless it’s rush hour. Then by the side routes to the destination. So when was going up the Jahant Rd. from Valley Springs to get to CA99, was taking a right at Clements, going N up the side road over the river and then left on Jahant Road. That got me to 99 least distance; and was then not driving up the hypotenuse past Liberty Rd. But Jahant was slow and had many stops and such. But the point was, Liberty Rd was a bit to the east of the way up to it, and longer to get to Ca99 by about 1/2 mile or so, compared, relatively to Jahant Intersection with 99. But it was WAY way faster, too. So using energy, fuel and a bit more wear and tear saved TIME using Liberty Rd. which is not replaceable. And got me there faster, too.
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The point being, time is the limiting factor in many cases. And if we drive least distance it’s also least time in most, but not all cases. The Uber drivers and other professional drivers know this as well, and use it. Which is why Uber had such a huge growth rate. It was well marketed and got the customer faster and sooner to their goals, destinations. and so those happy customers saved time and aggravation from the usual cabs, and Uber grew very fast. Because it was efficient by its best routes tactics. For a while as the S-curve set in, and then the growth slowed. But their efficient route management systems, which they had created WERE the savings which created the S-curve growth, which then tapers off after a while. altho it CAN be unlimitedly improved, but at a cost going up the exponential.
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The next point is that we preferentially take the least distance most of the time. We take the “short cuts’ which are LE, too. But the ways in which we choose ARE complex systems (CxSys). There are many factors we use to choose our routes, and for N=/>3 it becomes Cxsys. & then  we must use Outcomes by Trial & Error searching to find which is best for our needs. Those routes cannot be found easily by thinking, math or computers. But must rely upon Outcomes, T&E, Empirical trials to find out which is best most often. that sorts thru the Complexities, significantly. It’s a probability NOT a certainty. So anyone who drives, knows that. The best routes can be beset by accidents, road construction, flooding, bad weather and so forth. Rail crossings & all the rich CxSys events which create blocks and advantages to travel, we see/solve  using T&E methods to find out ways, and cut the Gordian Knots of complexities to do our work.
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The various ways we use the multiple hypotenuses to walk are much the same. They are more complex and if too much so are unworkable. So we take the simplest routes to the flowers as do the bees. But it’s easier and simpler and least energy to Think about planning the way we will walk/drive, than to actually drive it. We create a plan and then TEST it for value. Experience teaches us the best ways. Our LTM are energy, time, distance savers, because the best ways are recalled at once; and thus create growth and benefits. Experience counts!!!
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We can also sequence the multi hypotenuses, too, to reach the faster routes. Or avoid the hills, for the ridges as in orienteering, another sport which is keyed as well to this article about walking. One man told me it was often easier (saves energy) to run along a longer ridge than do all the ups and downs which might be shorter. And from that simple theorem, we realize at ONCE, that the Mountain passes are, all of them least energy routes because we do not have to climb as much, taking the most direct, shortest and lowest altitude route to get through. Again Mtn. passes ARE used because they are Least Energy. Least energy rules the Mtn. passes from the Kyber to the Berthoud Pass & The Eisenhower Tunnel (least energy) and so forth. The Mt. Blanc Pass tunnel is much the same. The pass saves time, energy, distant, but the tunnel saves a LOT more, esp. when snows block the higher passes.
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And that is more about what’s going on, too. The tracks, trails and such are more of that. It’s easier to travel on a flat firmer surface than over grass, bush and rocks. It’s easier to go on a well established trail than going thru all that brush and off trail. The cows come home over the hills and such by least energy tracks, which they build up generally and steadily to the best routes to the barn for milking. & they do this naturally. Again, all of the migrating beasts do that!!1  They learn the landmarks to travel, be it bird migration, wildebeest and elephant migrations and more.
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Once saw 3 big cranes flying in circles over the downtown towers. They began a few 100’s of feet above, and then as I watched, they got higher and higher & higher. The Birds were flying the uprising Thermal currents!!1 They knew about those as do most glider pilots. Eventually they got very high & took off. Now why not earlier? Because the thermals lose power and then they lose time. So it’s time to move onwards, building up energy savings for more travel, too.
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Also, we see the fledglings flapping their wings all the time. but the mature birds flap a few times, then glide, then flap and then glide, saving energy is not? Masters of flying. Least energy routes and travel means are most all least energy, too.
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The routes of the bees to the flowers are all least energy, time, etc. If a wind is blowing away from the flowers, they choose other flowers to fly to, do they not? Least energy rules the honey bees’ routes to the nectar, is not? Even the great whales, from the bees and others use LE to migrate and navigate. There it is again, unifying our observations among the humans, bees, whales & many others. Least energy rules!!! When they save time, they save energy release for metabolism, do they not? Again, another form of LE. Universally applying.
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LE drives the bees, which Von Frisch never addressed and did not know. Now we do and their solutions to the traveling salesman problems become ever more explainable, our knowledge becomes more complete and descriptive. Least Energy guides us without limits, we see. And if we cave distance, and time, and energy with the same routes, the the savings, growth are maximized, is not? & it would easily guide Uber, as well. LE underlies most all manjor efficiency expert work. It’s universal, and deeply applying without limits.
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Those are the keys to understanding most ALL routes to creativity, performance & much else. The Cameo of the Walkabout routes thus applies to most everything, & not quite, but nearly so. Thus the walkabout guides us in most all we do, too. Least energy, least time, least distance, least food, least heartbeats, least metabolism, in all the rich Kategoria of Aristoteles, building up a good description of CxSys workings, does it not?

 

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