In my guest Blog for Sarah Hoyt last Thursday (Oct. 6 - ) I discussed the value of looking toward the future as a Lab Rat - knowing that as long as conditions remain the same, repeating our past actions is valuable - but the moment conditions change, too much "memory" in the form of repeating past actions, can be detrimental.
"A popular saying among some groups such as the Baen Barflies is that insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Likewise, insanity is doing different things and expecting the same results. Yet sometimes we have to change strategies in order to get a better result, as in the transformation from traditional to indie publishing. I’m not an “insider” to this phenomenon, but I certainly recognize the signs and symptoms from behavioral psychology."
There were many good follow-up comments to the blog, and I wish I had been able to engage in the responses and replies. Unfortunately, most took place while I was at work, and it was a particularly busy day. However, one comment merits a response here.