STEALING FIRE, or How To Be Promethean and Keep Your Liver (Edit)

by | Aug 23, 2017


A review of this excellent recent book.  The book is the best *(right now) overview of the field Accentus Ludus does our groundbreaking work in.  Extremely well written and sourced.  The concepts of “state access” and “state management” as fundamental foundations for improving cognition under stress in combative applications is something we’ve been working with since the late 80s.  This book does a good job of the history, and I expand on it in my podcast.  I’m a wee bit presssed for time right now, so I’ll post some of the original documentation from the mid 90s on our work later today.

As I mention in the podcast, one of the interesting aspects of the research coming out is that it’s reinventing the wheel, albeit with better technology, on work that I and others did back in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.  For academics (and gunfighters/trainers) who grew up with the Errornet and the World Wide Web of Wisdom and Worry, it’s as revelation to understand that there’s A LOT of original research that has never been archived on the internet or appeared in formal academic journals, or was translated from Russian, Czech, Bulgarian or German into English.

For a perspective from 1994, when many of the academics involved in the current field were still in elementary or high school, see below for one or two articles after I dig them out of my archives.  The principles and theory discussed will be familiar to those hearing them for the first time in the book (which is not to take away from the book which I highly recommend) and probably piss off some patent and intellectual property lawyers as it may constitute “prior art” LOL.

Enjoy.  Comments always welcomed.  Direct link to the podcast below:

Also now on iTunes:

This ancient (1993/1994) compilation of discussions and UseNet posts from Way Back In The Day distills some of the work we were doing back then.  Full warning:  much of this is old, outdated, was wrong and subsequently corrected.  I’m posting it for historical purposes in context of my podcast discussion.  As I mentioned in the podcast there’s a LOT of information and research in this field that goes back to the 70s and 80s that has never made it on the Errornet , or at least not in English.

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