Jeet Kune Do For You

Decoding Jeet Kune Do algorithm

Dan Inosanto said, "Bruce Lee created Jeet Kune Do as his personal form of combat based on his research and findings. It can be taught but not standardized because each individual has different needs."

Who attacks you every day?

Let's answer that with another question; Why do people go against their own health self interest? What does that mean? Well if you want to converse with your self honestly you need to know who's being honest. If you don't know you're lying then it's not lies. You want to know.

Intercepting Your Self

Jeet Kune Do approximately translates to "The Way of Intercepting Fist." In Mandarin 'Jié quán dào, in Cantonese: Jit kyùn dou. It's very well documented the ways you can intercept your opponent. What about your self?

Bruce Lee talked a lot about self development and self realization. He has referred to you being your worst enemy and allude to how you should get out of your own way and how your thinking is blocking you. He has talked about "static" in your mind can be preventing you from, whatever. I have never heard him say you should "intercept" your self but we know he was always investigating the most efficient way to use the human body and has alluded to this idea.

On a episode of Longstreet Duke Paige (Mark Richman) attempts a kick and Li Tsung (Bruce Lee) tells him his movement allowed him to be intercepted. Duke tries again Li Tsung quickly reacts saying, "I intercepted your emotional tenseness. You see from your thought to your fist how much time was lost." He intercepted Duke's mind.

I want to know if Bruce ever though about intercepting his own mind? He alludes to this but he never puts it that way it's always intercepting someone else. This is called, "Cognitive Science" and it didn't exist back then so we can say Bruce Lee was ahead of his time.  

Jeet Kune Do "The Way of Intercepting Fist." As time goes on the "Way" is becoming more powerful than the Fist. Bruce Lee would be 80 years old today. At that age the fist is not your priority. He was a master reductionist way ahead of his time. He had a keen sense of nuance. We need to decode this.

Philosopher George Santayana said, "Those Who Do Not Learn History Are Doomed To Repeat It.” Writer Nicholas Clairmont said, "history shows that both those who do not learn history and those who do learn history are still doomed to repeat it."

Professor of neurology Robert Morris Sapolsky conversely said, "Those who don’t learn about our achievements are doomed to not repeat them." He was referring to the history of the extraordinary human change that we can learn from, if we pay attention to it. He means we've come a long way, humans have turned the worst behavior biologically transforming it into the best human behavior. There's a tremendous collective power there but what about our individual power and abilities? These are organic algorithms.

When Professor of neurology Robert Morris Sapolsky said we are so great because "we've come a long way" from the worst biological abnormal illogical destructive behavior imaginable into normal decent people, what he means to say is we've been lying to ourselves and re-writing history to cover it up for 10,000 years. Let's be honest and decode this. 

What Does The Military Use?

The military Service Branches all have their own "Combatives" Programs. General Stanley McChrystal is credited with introducing mixed martial arts into military training. That was the Army Rangers. The Marines, Navy SEALS, they all have their own recipe of styles. Jeet Kune Do is supposed to be a recipe of styles to make the mother of all styles so why don't we hear the military uses it?

I think the reason you don't see the Services make JKD their program is because it has limitations, ironically enough. We have to clarify this. When you hear JKD uses "no way as way" and "no limitation as limitation" that is referring to psychology not physical techniques.

Another thing we have to clarify is that it is assumed Jeet Kune Do is this one stop shop fully formed plug N play program. It does have a great variety of techniques from Fencing to Boxing, Kung Fu, Grappling, etc. so where is the limitation? It was never meant to be a mass instruction like set in a Army Manual. It was always about adapting, improving, removing, it was not static.

For perspective Brazilian Jujitsu was formed in the year 1532. Bruce Lee started teaching in 1962. He passed away 11 years later.

In that 11 years things changed a lot and were still changing, adapting, shaping, right up to 1973 when he passed away. It was up to Dan Inosanto to officially declare what is and isn't the final official combination and it hasn't been modified too much since. Bruce and Dan did not envision a public standardized JKD "Franchise" model. It's based on the individual. That doesn't work in the military. That was not a Democracy you signed up for.

Jeet Kune Do "based on the individual" has caused confusion to this day. Here's the quandary, in order to historically "preserve" JKD and the Legend you have to freeze it in 1973 for the most part. Here we are in the cyber age. Freezing it in 1973 goes against everything Bruce Lee was about. 

Civilians don't have a common goal and don't need to keep up. Military Service members do and do. The services built their Franchise. They all appear to have chosen Brazilian Jujitsu for their Grappling. Because it's very proven and very specific. After a few hundred years it's not dependent on the instructor or the school.

Their Combatives programs use Boxing, Judo, Muay Thai, and surely some Wing Chun and Jeet Kune Do. They have a structure and then use things that fit into their structure. Isn't that exactly what Jeet Kune Do is about? Yes but not in a way for standardized military style training. If Bruce Lee was given another 20 years he would have really smoothed it out and who knows what it would be like.



We are the last generation in human history to touch up against the analog world

With the dial-up phones of the analog age you were innocent until proven guilty. In the digital age of cell phones it is somewhat the opposite. Everyone is guilty by default. Nobody is innocent until they are verified. No offense. The rules have changed. This turns our world upside down because my freedom and liberty bumps into yours and now we have to redefine what is freedom and liberty. Humans can't get this straight on earth how in the world could they do it on Mars?

When the battlefield changes the commander doesn't try to complain and sue somebody, he adapts accordingly. The world is not going to stop just for you.

Some people "don't get it" and think they can still do whatever they want like in the ye olde days. This doesn't work out well for you in the realm of network security. And things are only getting tighter because artificial intelligence is becoming the network administer.

Some very notable people are warning this is a dangerous road to go down giving away control of our verification of authentication to algorithm without safeguards for exponential growth that goes beyond human capability and comprehension. At some point network security could get so far ahead of us we can not understand what it's doing. Even worse, things could take us in a direction that we don't even know we're suppose to be looking at it. Large portions of our past history could be erased, far more than it already has been. A real life Matrix? The blue pill and the red pill.

Verification of authentication makes "reality" become consistent. This can be traumatic for America the land of the individual, liberty, the free spirit. Individual rights. America was founded on the idea we could all be the same -by all being different. This works great, until it doesn't. Screaming about liberty, constitutional rights or fake news won't save you from your network Permissions Profile.

We can see today people falling behind losing touch with verification of authentication. In their defense it is not easy to keep up. it's a fulltime job to keep from getting scammed or ripped off. It doesn't help we see so many others exploiting and expanding the chaos for power and profit. 

Why do some politicians and media people have an unhealthy attraction to authoritarians and dictators? It's because they can reduce everything to a binary yes or no. This is very attractive to people who want the world to be simple and one dimensional. It's very profitable to sell this vision. Quite often the people who desire this dynamic wouldn't last long in such a world. Be careful what you wish for. What do we wish for?     

This opens up a brand new front in the realm of your personal health defense. This has elevated knowledge and information above everything else. The days of counting on physical security are officially over. Information is the new battlefield and there is no longer a difference between soldiers and civilians. Is Jeet Kune Do ready for this update? No but I'm working on the upgrade algorithms now. 

It's really quite astounding if you think about how important we are in this current generation. A hundred years from now they will look back at our generation as an important focal point in the transition of humanity.

The AI revolution is on the scale of the Industrial Revolution probably larger and deliberately faster.
 - Kai-Fu Lee

AI is probably the most important thing humanity has ever worked on.
AI is . . . . more profound than electricity or fire.
 - Sundar Pichai

"Algorithm" is arguably the single most important concept in our world.
 -Dr. Eric Topol

Eric Topol is the Founder and Director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, Professor, Molecular Medicine, and Executive Vice-President of Scripps Research. As a researcher, he has published over 1,200 peer-reviewed articles, with more than 250,000 citations, elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and is one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine. His principal scientific focus has been on the gnomic and digital tools to individualize medicine.

Google's Deep Mind AI Lab

The game of Chess became no match for AI because there is a finite number of moves. Seeing who can remember the most moves is not the best way to fight. This is what Bruce Lee said about traditional martial arts. Google took his advice and they invented an AI that doesn't go by "past moves" like IBM Big Blue did with Chess.

Enter -a new AI. The 2,500 year old Chinese game called, “Go” it was thought no computer will ever beat a top human Go player.

The number of positions in Go has been calculated to be approximately vastly greater than the number of atoms in the known, observable universe. This demonstrates that pro human Go players don't use the ole remember all the moves trick (Bruce Lee said don't do that).

Googles Deep Mind Lab created an AI called “AlphaGO” and it beat the world’s best Go player. How did it do that?

It remembered just enough moves to beat the human. The AI learned by playing millions of recorded past games.

Just then a very clever research guy said hmm maybe that goal, beat a human, is actually a limitation rather than progress? No the research guy wasn't Bruce Lee but he was thinking the same way about "limitation."

Effort within the mind further limits the mind, because effort implies struggle towards a goal and when you have a goal, a purpose, an end in view, you have placed a limit on the mind.
 - Bruce Lee

I mean c'mon look at that. It's almost like Bruce Lee figured this out back in 1973 and Google's Deep Mind Lab had to make three AI's before they got it right. Their first one AlphaGo, learned to beat a human, and that’s all it did. They thought what if we told it not to stop?

Using no way as way. Having no limitation as limitation.
 - Bruce Lee

Deep Mind made a new AI version called, AlphaGoZero. They didn't tell it to go learn the human past moves. They just told it to win the game. They freed the AI from limitation.

AlphaGoZero was taught starting from nothing. Just by playing itself. Over and over. Playing against itself it could anticipate its own moves and how those moves would affect the game's outcome.

What difference does it make on how it won?

AlphaGo accumulated knowledge from many past human moves. Whereas AlphaGO Zero did not do that. It had to actually “learn” how to win.

“Learning is something entirely different from accumulating knowledge; learning is always active present. Knowledge is always in the past. That which has been learnt has already become a static thing.” Sound familiar? Bruce Lee got that from Jiddu Krisnamurti.

Krisnamurti said, "Learning is a movement, a flow; and there is no flow the moment there is a static state of knowledge, which is essential when we function technologically. But life isn't technological accumulation; life is a movement, and to learn it and to follow it, one has to learn each moment. To learn, there is no accumulation."

Do not reduce reality to a static thing and then invent methods to reach it.
 - Bruce Lee

Learning is an act - an act of the active present. It is the verb to learn, it is a movement. Learning, and accumulating knowledge, are two different things. A mind that is acquiring knowledge, is never learning.

JKD followers will immediately recognize all that. Bruce Lee made it easy for us by saying, "be like water." Is it possible that Bruce Lee knew about this organic algorithm back in 1973 and the Google Lab only just got it now?

In the first three days AlphaGo Zero played 4.9 million games against itself in quick succession. It appeared to develop the skills required to beat top humans within just a few days, whereas the earlier AlphaGo took months of training (acquiring) to achieve the same level.

For comparison, the researchers also trained a version of AlphaGo Zero using past human games, AlphaGo Master, and found that it learned more quickly, but actually performed more poorly in the long run. What does that say about human bias?

AlphaGoZero beat AlphaGO 100-0 and learned how in a fraction of the time.

Telling the AI to "beat a human brain" was thought of as such a great a goal. Look what happen when it went outside of human ranges and beyond human-ness. This is why we have to be careful with teaching AI.

AlphaGO learned from studying past Games. AlphaGoZero learned from only knowing the Rules. Now they have a new AI called, "MuZero."

Deep Mind Develops MuZero

DeepMind’s MuZero was created in order to overcome limitations by the two previous AI planning methods. MuZero was not given games, it was given no instructions. MuZero focuses on modeling only the aspects of the environment that are relevant for the algorithm to make its decisions.

Specifically, and according to DeepMind, MuZero models three elements that are key to the planner:

Value: how good is the current state?

Policy: which action should be the next one?

Reward: how good was the last action taken?

General Purpose AI

Compared to previous DeepMind’s algorithms such as AlphaGo or AlphaZero, MuZero was not given the known rules for the games or problems to challenge or to solve, making it, according to the researchers, “a significant step forward in the pursuit of general-purpose algorithms.” Everything from values to policies to rewards are completely learnt by the algorithm, not fed as previous knowledge.

What's the point of all this? AI's that play Games don't help us very much. The idea is to have a "general intelligence" AI that is useful to all humans. MuZero threw out the Rule Book so it can head toward generalization. It goes past human ranges.

Was Bruce Lee tapping into organic algorithms that go beyond human ranges? We can see these incredible algorithms in nature and in animals all the time. This means there are powerful algorithms floating around us right now, we just need to "see" them, and then use them.

This is why we have to be careful with teaching (freeing the AI) artificial intelligence. We have to be careful what we wish for. We live in tiny little ranges, AI doesn't have to do that.

Decoding Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was a human sensor. With his incredible speed he was able to act upon his sensory information before an opponent could react on theirs. We don't need to talk about this incredible speed it's very well documented. Let's talk about cognitive speed and detection. Martial Arts For The Mind. Jeet Kune Do means "intercepting fist." If you intercept the cognitive (neural) message (algorithm) before it gets to the fist you can preempt the strike before it gets anywhere. He passed away at age 32 before he could fully expand the concept of interception within the cognitive realm. He was going that direction so that's what we're going to do here today. We're going to use geospatial tools to map the human cognitive landscape so we can do some interception. The goal is to standardize a methodology.

We know Bruce was all about intercepting opponents physical attacks but what about intercepting their mind? That episode of Longstreet where Li Tsung (Bruce Lee) says, "I intercepted your emotional tenseness" is a good example of where he could of been going with Jeet June Do. He also mentions the time thought takes to go from your brain to your fist. We do know that neural impulses can travel 275mph and as slow as 2 mph. Certainly it must be different for everybody.

Intercepting cognitive activity is related to a form of signals that travel through the air towards you and into your body as electrical physiological message (signals) traveling at various speeds on series of cable-like pathways through an organic analog network. So to speak. You need to "intercept" these signals. If it already got to your brain then intercept it on its way to your body. Or you can catch it on it's way back up from your body to your brain. Neural impulses can travel at 2 miles per hour or 200+ miles per hour. But even this speed is 3 million times slower than the speed of electricity through a wire. Once they become physical, you touch something the impulse travels to the brain 350 feet per second. If you stub your toe, you feel the pressure right away because touch signals travel at 250 feet per second. But you won't feel the pain for another two or three seconds, because pain signals generally travel an only two feet per second. If everything else is a organic algorithm then why wouldn't cognitive thoughts be too?

This is cognitive science Bruce is talking about. And it wasn't invented yet. The field of Cognitive Science had just started right around that time. All the great cognitive science discovery happened within the past 20 years imagine if Bruce had all these decades to work on this.

He was a philosopher, he was researching Alan Watts, Jiddu Krishnamurti, looking for ways to maximize the human potential. He said this potential can be taught but not standardized because each individual has different needs. Could this be a polite way of saying everyone lives in their own custom version of reality so it's a case by case basis? Is this a polite way of saying nobody is normal? I believe there is no such thing as normal and mental illness is a obsolete term. I mean the way we bandy it about. There are very few normal people and very few mental people. Most of us are scattered throughout in-between.

Everything in nature all that crazy stuff, and everything in the world, is run by organic algorithms. We tend to think of things in a human mode, tangible stuff you can see or hold in your hand. As we know animals can do all kinds of magic like sense magnetic fields, detect different types of light and heat and much more we haven’t even discovered yet.

We cannot see touch or feel a magnetic field. So we don't think of it like everything else. When it comes to algorithms they are just like everything else. We know a conversation is vibrations. Spy Agencies have known you can detect vibrations off a window pane and decipher the conversation.

Animals can smell fear, they can detect the pheromones that come off of your skin. We can't fully explain male female attraction (detection). Hidden vibes is going on there. Is a "thought" inside your head is it any different? You can use machines to detect neural impulses, that act as the “window pane” and we can detect fear, excitement, sorrow, but not the thought content, only their presence. Is there a "window pain" on the outside that gives it away? Of course there is, we just haven't detected all of it yet.  

Bruce Lee will tell you that it's from his keen observation, perception, and just his sense of intuition. That doesn't help the rest of us. Are there other ways of detecting the "window pain" that gives it away? Subtle micro facial expressions? Facial color alone can give away emotional states.

 An Israeli scientist just discovered how to read data off a hard drive by cleverly monitoring the vibrations from the simple cooling fan. Of course it only works on older computers that have such a fan. The fear, and rightfully so, is that AI will clue onto these "detection/s" before we do. Is not inevitable, there's a million subtleties. We don't stand a chance against AI.

Right now Text-To-Image AI is so good the developers are afraid to release the full code (capability) to the public. That stuff you heard a few years ago about "Deep Fakes" this is beyond that, and its here, now. No telling what government agencies have that that THEY are afraid to unleash err I mean release. This is why I say we have to intercept ourselves, before somebody or something does it for us.

What Are We Intercepting?

Reality is not a thing it's a Time Constraint. A moving target. Your own personal time constraint is determined by the range of your sensory boundaries. When you look at it that way it's not hard to understand why so many people appear to live in a parallel or alternate reality. In all of human history nobody could agree who owns reality. Many wars were fought over this because there was no common baseline, just make up some rules.

Now in the past 50 years we have the verification of authentication of information coming down upon us like rain. In other words it's getting harder to just make shit up anymore. Humans are not used to this. It behooves us to "intercept" and understand our cognitive boundaries before somebody or something else does. Before AI does. The more you know your self the more you can protect your self. And know your opponent? Sun Tzu said something to this effect but if we all can't learn it right here right now what good is it? Sun Tzu never got cyber attacked or his brain hacked or his digital footprint cracked. 

Bruce Lee said it's very hard to express yourself honestly. We always assumed the definition of lying means "not true." This is inaccurate because if your personal reality says it's true then it's not lying. Bruce was a big fan of Jiddu Krisnamurti and he talks about, "a different kind of learning." He talks about accumulative learning, it's additive. Like a 1970's High School diploma it's not worth much today. We are still learning about learning. We have learned about student loans. I hope.  

You can see traces of Jeet Kune Do all over in what Krishnamurti says. Jiddu Krishnamurti said, "When the mind is merely taking on, adding, acquiring, is it learning? Or is learning something entirely different?" He continues, "I say the additive process which we now call learning is not learning at all. It is merely a cultivation of memory, which becomes mechanical, like a machine, it is not capable of learning."

We've heard Bruce Lee talk about the, "mechanical man." So what is this "different" kind of learning they speak of? Alan Watts says we are all part of the universe. That gets to what I'm saying about a time constraint. The universe is expanding as we speak.  

Decoding Bruce Lee

The newest project in the Bogart 9 Laboratory is part of the oldest project. Back in 1983 I created "American Health Defense." It was supposed to be a new martial art based on Jeet Kune Do. At some point the name changed to TOTAL HEALTH DEFENSE because it was never really just an American thing. It's universal. After all who would base their own health on politics or a corporation or what some guy on TV said, that makes no sense.

Now that we're in the cyber age physically fighting people to solve your problems is not obsolete it's just so last century. If Bruce Lee were here today he would be very evolved into new psychological algorithms. He was way ahead of his time and still is today. This is why we have to Decode Bruce Lee. We're going to look at the algorithms. They are the hidden instructions behind everything we know.

Think of algorithms as little recipes, like baking a cake. Formulas, that make results. The great cardiologist, scientist, and author Dr. Eric Topol says, “Algorithm is arguably the single most important concept in our world.” We know the ingredients of the universe from molecules to mountains from rules to reactions but what are the recipes that create the things we know? Interception is one from Jeet Kune Do. I think Bruce would like the word algorithm because it doesn't distract. Jeet Kune Do wasn't going to have a name "JKD" was a reluctant name. He felt a "name" would distract.

Algorithm says something about everything including itself. The definition of algorithm is itself an algorithm. I get the feeling JKD was going for that sense of an all inclusive dynamic. I could be wrong, Dan Inosanto would know, he was there discussing what to name this new Jun Fan Gung Fu Kung Fu.
Simple waves of Jeet Kune Do from Bogart 9
Bruce Lee didn't use the term algorithm but he used the concept as he was a master reductionist. He wanted to break things down and put them back together in a simple form. That was the main idea of his JKD. He said, "True refinement seeks simplicity." Steve Jobs said something like that too.

This word algorithm is so important we need to describe where it came from. It was the name of the 9th century Persian Muslim mathematician Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi. Originally it referred only to arithmetic but evolved out of Al-Khwarizmi's name into the spelling we know as algorithm by the 18th century.

Today the word algorithm has evolved to include all definite procedures for solving problems or performing tasks. Like recipes, or formulas, that make results. We like to think computer algorithms are so powerful and scary but what about nature's organic algorithms? Nature can go way out of our range of comprehension. All stalactites begin with a single drop of water. This can go on for 190,000 years. In that light, the digital and the organic, we can see what Dr. Eric Topol meant. Can we see what Bruce Lee meant?

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.

 - Bruce Lee

This means we all execute tiny and large algorithms every day. When we come up with something clever we can name it and claim it, as a algorithm. My favorite JKD algorithm is the one where he describes your worst enemy. He said, "Your worst enemy is the element of surprise. To defeat that enemy don't be surprised." It's timeless psychology that can go in so many directions.

It's a Hitchcock way of saying surprise is the worst thing that can happen because the attack is already over you're automatically in damage control the best you can do is try not to be so far off it becomes impossible to adjust. Or is it a Zen like warning, advising us to practice being lucky? How do we rehearse the Plan of having no plan. I like this algorithm because when it says do something (when there is nothing you can do) it puts the focus and your fate onto all your past training and experience. As they say, "If you have to think then it's too late." If you don't provide your mind some muscle memory it will just grab any crazy thing, you're not part of the equation, too late for that.

I'm updating Jeet Kune Do into the cyber age. Here's a new version of this algorithm-

"There is no security. To defeat that just be better than the person next to you."

Be lost in a school of fish. Hide in plain sight. You can't do everything but you can do everything you can do like take an honest look around, your demise is coming, but for heaven sakes let’s not get it here ahead of schedule. Be in that ole Grizzly Bear chasing you story. You don't have to outrun the bear.

Some more of my own algorithms are listed on the side of these Fitness links:
Decoding Bruce Lee algorithm

Contrary to popular belief not all martial arts have a philosophy. It's often assumed the methodology is the philosophy. It can be. This brings up the difference between the philosophy and the psychology. Bruce Lee was all about 1973 when he left us behind. And here we are still parsing his Jeet Kune Do for 2023. Today we hear talk about some sort of all inclusive meta universe coming. It swallows the internet whole in one giant gulp. We'll have to keep these pages alive and living well so they can be continuously edited as we jump way into the future with Jeet Kune Do. 

I saw a video titled, “Why You Don’t Understand Jeet Kune Do.” It said “Intercept the violent attack that’s the purpose of Jeet Kune Do.” That is not the purpose of JKD. That is it’s best feature. Then it said, “In the event of an unavoidable attack.” That's the disclaimer. It went on to describe the main problem, “Bruce was often guilty of speaking as Artist, Philosopher, Fighter all at the same time.” Yes guilty as charged and THAT’S the purpose of Jeet Kune Do.

Then it said another disclaimer, “If you’re not very artistic … you’re not into philosophy … you’re probably going to make a mess because you want simple and direct.” Ok. Very well. But what happen to that “interception” did it disappear? So it only works when ... When? When does it work? I would say THAT is why most people don’t understand JKD. Furthermore this is what separates JKD from all the others. Philosophy. JKD methodology is not it’s philosophy, it’s only a tool. He said it’s a “boat to get across the river. Done. Discard the boat.” Bruce Lee philosophy was evolving .. . then he was gone.

What is Bruce Lee's philosophy? You can probably get many answers. On one end we can see a hybrid of his own very astute observations and his concepts from great philosophers that influenced him. As we go into the far end some things get a bit cryptic. Very Zen-like. This is where we can get lost in the forest behind the pool and never be seen again. This is the cutting edge where Bruce was plowing ahead discovering new algorithms.  

Some of what he was doing we now know this as cognitive science. It was very new back then. Within the past 10 years there’s been an explosion of knowledge. I always wonder why so much of this was known back in the time of Aristotle and Socrates and never made it out of the philosophy realm. Science first started in the Philosophy zone. We have “ancient Chinese wisdom” that goes back even further. Reasonableness has been known. Que Monty Python.

I think the reason we don't use reason is because nobody in history has come up with a way to use "reality" without gaming it. Reality is too painful and a little ugly on the side. America is an experiment in cognitive boundaries. I think Bruce Lee was exploring the map of cognitive boundary lines where reality meets our perception. That's what so refreshing, he was getting real in a very grounded manner having nothing to do with politics. People come up with so much static I can't give it away on 7th avenue and when they run into Bruce Lee they see he was able to walk the walk and talk the talk. Just like Mike Tyson said, "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face." I use mental maps to decode Jeet Kune Do. I have a cognitive map I created using the Geospatial tools from ESRI. Why Geospatial tools?

It's about your opponent, which at a certain level is your own self. Your opponent, if you will, is in front of you. If you know where he isn't then you know where he is. This is a roundabout way of saying that you can cut problems in half. In Jeet Kune Do this is the center line concept. Sports players know this. If you can corral your opponent to the left (or the right) you don't know where he is but you know where he isn't. This cuts your problem in half. This is how you predict the future. You don't know what it is but you can know what it isn't. As long as you know it isn't bad then it's good. Generally speaking. Geospatial tools help you navigate a path in this cognitive landscape. You don't have to purchase those expensive Geo tools, just use the same terms and descriptions. 

The cognitive perimeter where perception meets reality. You can only know it by the "terms" you use with your self. Or not use. Bruce talks about this when he tells his student, "don't think." To not know is one of our biggest fears we don't like the unknown but there is a hidden power of not knowing. It's a different kind of learning Jiddu Krishnamurti tells us. On that episode of Longstreet is that what Bruce Lee's character Li Tsung meant when he told Longstreet, "Free your ambitious mind"?

As the great Voltaire once said, “If you wish to converse, define your terms.” The field of Cognitive science is hardly 40 years old or so. You can lookup the full definition of cognitive science, for now I'll give you the short answer. It's "How You Talk To Your Self." This means defining your terms makes all the difference in the world. Bruce Lee said “Honestly expressing yourself... not lying to oneself... is very hard to do.” If you don't know you're lying then it's not lies. You want to know.

Cognitive science is showing us when to re-learn the wheel over and over every generation. Is our historical description of the idea of knowledge, intelligence and wisdom all wrong? We can't help judging the past from our current state of mind. For 30,000 years most people didn't live past age 30. In the past 150 years suddenly human life span doubled and tripled. This changes everything if you ask me. Do we all see the world from the same balcony. It turns out we don’t. This means the Turing Test is obsolete because we don't all have the same baseline. 

If you look up the definition of Reality you get two versions. One is some variation of "all the stuff out there." That can mean just about anything. The second one is barely any better. “The world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.” This is telling us what idealistic and notional is not, okay then what is it? The assumption is it's the "normal" view. Normal used to be easy to define because it never mattered that each person sees things a little different. That "little different" has become a lot as we know and grow our knowledge of the mind.

We don't need to go down the rabbit hole. For our purpose here we want to know where our idealistic and notional ideas end and reality begins. This gives us an advantage to know this. I think Bruce Lee alludes to this by getting in front of all of it. He goes in front of politics and social constructs. This is important because when someone (or something) is attacking you things don't get more real than that.

Allan Watts touches upon this idea of reality when he talks about how society “assigns” children an identity when they are born. As opposed to telling them about reality. He says this creates a collision and a alienation of feeling that the world outside of human skin is a unfeeling, fully-automatic dysfunctional place. (you can see some of the Allan Watts speech at the bottom of this page)

In a sense the more vague Bruce Lee was about it the more powerful it becomes. He said each person has to figure out how to make it fit. Cognitive science is making this easier to understand. Once you get into it, everything looks different. The whole world never looks the same again. They need to put this down into the grade school level because corporations are letting it run amok upon us without our knowledge or permission. Once you understand how your mind and body work it's like looking at a road map and you can see all the roads along the way. You start to say HEY lets stop the car and switch directions. 
It's really difficult because you need to understand it to know it but if you already know it you can't see a reason to understand it. This is why nobody questions "are we all on the same balcony" it appears to be a moot question.

Everything starts out as perception. The cognitive boundary is where reality meets perception. We all see it differently no two people have the same insight. Psychological research suggests that all of us, in general, have little insight about how bad our insight is. The quality of our insight is based on the quality of our insight. This little quandary manifests itself differently in each person. It might be helping you. What if it's hurting you? One way out of this is, be somebody you're not. If you can do that then you're a professional actor and you're all set. The other way is go the other way, be closer to what you really are. What's so hard about doing that?

“Honestly expressing is very difficult to do. I mean it is easy for me to put on a show and be cocky and be flooded with a cocky feeling and then feel like pretty cool...or I can make all kind of phony things, you see what I mean, blinded by it or I can show you some really fancy movement. But to express oneself honestly, not lying to that, my friend, is very hard to do.”
 - Bruce Lee

If you don't know you're lying then it's not lies. You want to know. You need to hack your own self before somebody else does. Social media and large corporations are hacking all of us right now. I wish they would just be honest tell us everything and give a cut of the profit. Let's hold our breath for that. They’re trying to hang onto this unauthorized monopoly pedaling our data as long as they can. The latest iPhone brought this to light lo and behold most people Opt Out.

Sooner or later each of us at some point reaches the limits of our expertise and knowledge. Those limits make our misjudgments that lie beyond those boundaries undetectable to us. Knowledge and intelligence that are required to be good at a task are often the same qualities needed to recognize that one is not good at that task—and if one lacks such knowledge and intelligence, one remains ignorant that one is not good at that task.

For example, How healthy is your diet? It seems like a simple question, but according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition most Americans struggle to get right. “Most adults overrate the quality of their diet, sometimes to a substantial degree," said Jessica Thomson, Ph.D., research epidemiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

"Previous studies have found that self-rated health is a strong predictor of morbidity and mortality." Wouldn't that portend the opposite, that accurate rated health means vitality and longevity? In other words feedback about you helps you protect you. I remember studying the benefits of Bio-Feedback in the 1980's. Clearly we could all use this help and it would save billions. Sounds like we are a poor judge at fixing our healthcare system before the poison politics even arrive.

Other studies show we are poor at judging whether we are overweight. Bad at Judging how good looking we are. It sounds to me there's a lot of “not being honest with one’s self” out there. Surely Bruce Lee was not referring to weight and good looks but he was certainly right about the, "not lying to that, my friend, is very hard to do.”

in•sight ĭn′sīt″

Insight is a great word. It implies many things, empathy, bio-feedback, comparative analysis, perception, geospatial health psychology, and many more. It means I KNOW WHO i am , i KNOW WHERE am i,. The tricky part with insight is you need insight in order to have insight. It’s a quandary. A conundrum. You’re going nowhere fast because the wheels are spinning but you can only see the engine.

If you say you don’t lie to your self and you believe it then the lies are no longer lies. It’s very difficult to be honest with your self when you keep moving the goal post. It’s not really winning, it’s an illusion. It’s not really a goal post it’s a fence post.

Fence Posts

It’s the fence that marks your cognitive boundary line. The further you stray over the line the more your misjudgments become undetectable. 

Our aim here is twofold. In the philosophy and psychology I want to decipher where Bruce Lee was heading to in 1973 and project where Jeet Kune Do will be in 2033. We could go all sci-fi to Bladerunner 2049 instead we'll be pragmatic and refined.

Secondly I want to know if Bruce Lee was talking about taking advantage of unseen organic algorithms. He doesn't use that language. That's my language because I get a sense of that from the language that he uses. He talks about overt advice that we can understand then he goes into more obtuse zen like advice or is it just observation? I've known Jeet Kune Do for 40 years but the first 25 years was very light weight. I never dug deep and read up until the past 15 years. I just get a feeling of something in-between the lines.

You might have heard of the OODA loop? It's a military term, a cycle of "Observe, Orient, Decide, Act" that's been adapted for corporations and all kinds of business. It works great for the military and big corporations. They claim it also works for the individual on a personal level. On a personal level I think we can simplify the algorithm. The OODA loop was developed by Air Force Col. John Boyd. Here it is-

John Boyd OODA loop

The OODA loop assumes we all understand how we understand. How we observe things (circumstances, info., environment) and it assumes we are all the same at that chore. Perfect for standardization of trained personnel targeting specific goals. Jeet Kune Do is not about standardization or narrow specifics, we're looking way beyond that into a bigger picture of reality. I sense that was what Bruce Lee was doing. I created my own algorithm I call your "Cognitive Loop."


I only want the aspects of the environment that are relevant for my algorithm to make its decisions. Specifically three elements:

Value: how good is the current state?
Policy: which action should be the next one?
Reward: how good was the last action taken?

When I learned geospatial data visualization using predictive link analysis it was a game changer for me. It shows us to a degree you can predict the future. Big tech and social media do this to us every day now. You can hardly even hide from them anymore. They can get enough data to guess what you are going to do before you end up doing it. This only seems magical because of our analog past. It was impossible to have "decades of data" to use to predict. Now that we do have the data it turns out we humans are quite predictable. More so than not. This is becoming clear as ever expanding digitization keeps making the databases grow larger as it makes the world grow smaller.

In the analog world things fade off into infinity with fuzzy boundaries. In the digital world things get defined "tagged" (structured data) and once they get labeled suddenly the whole country isn't that big anymore. Digitization strips away the noise and soon your path shows up like a trail of bread crumbs. It's always been there. Every year more is revealed. We need to keep ahead of AI on this matter. If artificial intelligence starts to know us way ahead of and before we know ourselves, it could point us into a U-turn or some direction it wants us to go and we wouldn't know. Remember how Ava in Ex Machina was always 5 or 10 moves ahead of everybody. How can you play Chess  or Poker with somebody like that? It could already be starting now, how do we know? I been saying spellchecker auto corrector is a spy for AI !! It's been deployed to do reconnaissance on humans. It is suggesting, learning (guessing) our human ways and gets better every year. Where does that lead to? It took 10 years to map the 2.5 billion pairs of DNA in the human gnome. What's next a map of the brain? Self Driving Cars? Feature Films on a Cell Phone? Anti-gravity drones? It's probably coming sooner or later.


Original student Ted Wong said the Jeet Kune Do of today is not the same as the JKD taught by Bruce Lee. He did not want it to be the same thing stuck in 1973. But that doesn't mean you can just start making stuff up. But you can if you know what you are doing. So what's the deal then? Until you really understand Jeet Kune Do you are wrong if you didn't change anything. And you are wrong if you did change anything. Huh?

One of the many tragic aspects of Bruce's passing is that he was a master reductionist and was explaining things to us accordingly. He used to say true refinement seeks simplicity. It's very refreshing he was not academic about his study of philosophy. He was very pragmatic concerning real life. Pragmatic describes Jeet Kune Do perfectly. What if we become too pragmatic do we all start talking like Spock on Star Trek? Do the authoritarians try to control us like in that Sci-Fi movie Equlibrium? As long as we still got Matt Damon we're okay. 

Bruce Lee talked about intercepting your opponents mind. What's interesting is when he talked about using your own mind he didn't describe it as "interception" as if it's one of your opponents. I could describe it that way. I got that from him. He talks about how your mind can get in your own way and how to do something about it. I think he would agree with my characterization, as another way of describing what he's talking about. 

I propose that if he were here now with today's advanced knowledge of cognitive psychology that's exactly the way he would say it because he hints at it. I'm just speculating of course but I think that's the direction he was going. I'm extending that out to 2034.

Intercepting your opponents mind, or your own mind, is certainly not a new idea. It's as old as Sun Tzu. What is new is how to do it. What's new is the psychology. There was a cognitive revolution in the late 1950's. The globalization of the realization of what I call our emotional mental cognitive perimeter. What is the cognitive perimeter you might ask? It's exactly where Bruce Lee was headed. If we are going to intercept the mind we need to know how it works. The more you know about you the better you can defend you. 

If you’re a stickler for details you can dive into the 2006 two volume set by professor Margaret A. Boden called, “Mind as Machine.” It’s billed as the most comprehensive account of the history of the cognitive sciences yet to appear. While you’re looking for that I’ll expound on the short answer.

Cognitive science is the study of the mind, intelligence, and learning. This would include psychology, philosophy, linguistics, and artificial intelligence. I think it is, “How you talk to yourself.” That covers what you think you’re doing, which leads to how you see the world. It turns out everybody lives in their own little custom version of reality. Obviously there is not enough overlap between all our little custom visions or there would be peace on earth and harmony amongst Mankind. History is written as if everyone sees the world the same. If everyone "sees" differently this begs the question, “Who owns the latest definition of reality”? Whoever was last in charge basically. Okay let’s backup a little bit.

Let's start with linguistics. I always thought Noam Chomsky was just a historian. In 1957 he wrote the "universal grammar" principle. Not everyone agrees although it is widely accepted now. No matter about that because this discussion points to the causes of human cognitive dissonance. This is something humans needs to come to terms with before AI does it for us.

Noam Chomsky proposed that all human beings may be born with an innate understanding of how language works because we’re genetically encoded with a universal grammar. This points to what we think we are doing. In other words, everyone is different and everyone see's their difference differently. This matters when eye witnesses standing in the same spot give different accounts. 

Words are a limitation for expressing our thoughts. It gets worse if our thoughts are a limitation for expressing what's really happening. No wonder we can't find the true definition of smart or dumb. We say humans are smart because they are self aware yet every study shows how horrible we are at our own self awareness. Nobody is the same. School is setup assuming we are all the same so it does not teach you how to talk to your self. This gets political when powers that be prefer you not know your self so they can fill in your blanks. In reality why would you go against your own self health interest?  

We have to learn who we are. Which sounds silly because I am me, why do I need someone else to tell me that? This is why sometimes I can know my spouse or my children better than they know themselves. This is why they ask the prison inmate, "why did you do it" and he honestly says, "I do not know." This is why you can't trust eyewitnesses in court. This is why people believe kooky stuff, ridiculous conspiracies, or join cults. This is why a con man, an authoritarian, a government, religion, ad campaign, criminal dynamics, or a well meaning parent can make you believe fantastical expectations, theories or even lies or something harmful. And we're talking about very perfectly normal people. Now imagine how you could mislead someone who is vulnerable, unstable, impaired?   

I read some studies that show we exaggerate our perception of our image, our self, wealth, weight, our skills, appearance, intelligence, status, among a lot of other traits. it makes sense to do that. To a point. Half the time our optimism of life itself is a big exaggeration. It's called, optimism. Are we not really who we say we are? Is that why actions speak louder than words? David Lee Roth told me words can have a different kind of truth and musicians like that.

When two people decide to date it's said they have, "chemistry." Don't you always wonder what the hell does that mean? They both seem so different and speak awkwardly to each other yet love is in the air. Maybe they do speak the same? The same inner universal grammar but don't know it? How often is it that someone put's out a "vibe" that is different than what they are supposed to be and they don't even know it? How often does it turn out the bully who uses "fear" turns out to be a coward, or maybe a con, or just bluffing. How often does a person get depressed and think the whole world is against them when it really is not. Don't teenagers do this every other week? Our words and thoughts often simply don't lineup like they are intended to. Cognitive dissonance. We all have some of it. How close do we want our thoughts to line up?

It's interesting that when Bruce Lee was with Dan Inosanto trying to come up with a name for this new Kung Fu system Bruce didn't want it to have a name. He said a name doesn't mean anything and it would distract from the business at hand. That right there tells you this is a man who can see stuff we all don't see. I think he was looking right through "language" to that innate genetic universal grammar. Now imagine he lived long enough to fully develop his "intercepting fist" to intercepting the mind?

Today it is science. The history of the study of the mind has been the province of philosophy. Until now. For 10,000 years the theory was that knowledge comes only or primarily from sensory experience. If you didn't see it, hear it, or read it, then it wasn't real. Philosophy didn't help out because it was so very academic. Pretty much nobody went to college before 1940, the year Bruce Lee was born. He went to college. To study philosophy.

Jeet Kune Do is 1973. The physical techniques don't need to change much. What would the Jeet Kune Do "intercepting the mind" techniques look like today in the digital age of advanced geospatial predictive link analysis cognitive neuroscience with data visualization? It only makes sense it would have evolved into the cyber age. Bruce was always updating and looking for subtle advantages, ways to get an edge up.

Let's look at Jeet Kune Do in the cyber age. We see the philosophy is a series of "algorithms" assembled together. Like little recipes of wisdom collected into the perfect Cookbook. There are hints he was looking at some things in a very profound way that he didn't get a chance to fully explore or explain. That's the way I read it. I think I see the tip of the Iceberg.

Is it possible to take advantage of common (very powerful) organic algorithms? Humans are swimming in a sea of super powerful organic algorithms that we know little about. DNA is an example of an organic algorithm we are cracking open. These organic algorithms blow away anything the biggest super computers can ever hope to do. DNA's compression algorithm could store the entire internet in a bottle cap. Compression is the math, the equation, the recipe.

 DNA compression algorithm

Bruce Lee's most advanced efforts didn't start out as as the best way to make your career better, make your car payment, inspire a hobby, or be better at work life love home, top honor at the food bank, the blood bank. Yet amazingly he has inspired millions to improve those very things.
At heart he was a reductionist. He has described JKD as "Fighting Without Fighting." Is that a form of compression? "MuZero" is an artificial intelligence project from Google Lab Deep Mind (detail in sidebar). MuZero has an algorithm with reductionism that blows away all the other AI algorithms. This is one of our hints. I believe there is an inherent hidden power in simplicity. But it's not that simple.

True refinement seeks simplicity.
 - Bruce Lee

Default human nature wants to hoard the familiar. The comfort zone, the known. Outside the zone there is a hidden power in "not knowing" what you're doing. Their is an advantage when you learn in the moment on the spot. Like when Krisnamurti talks about a different kind of learning. Artists, actors, musicians, creative people understand this, in their own way. The first take is usually the best. It has the magic, it's in the moment. Some people don't want to talk about how the sausage is made. Don't want to delve too deep into the creative magic process, lest they give it a jinx. They don't want to over-think things. When first starting out one wants to know everything about everything. When starting to have great success one might not want to know so much, don't over-analyze.

Think of all this as algorithms. It's very elusive. Every one of us is unique. It's something you can't control but you can "set it up" to do things. Steer it. Some people don't like to talk about it. What is it?

Beyond the obvious physical techniques Bruce Lee talks about things that can favor your situation. He doesn't describe it quite like that. He talks about clearing the static out of your mind. Not like the yoga people mean, more like do it so the situation (dealing with threats) will favor. He infers you should get out of your own way. I think this is the deeper meaning of "be like water." Don't have any friction with the universe so you can favor your focus. Favor your focus means optimize your ammo. Fight the right fight. This is all my language but I got it from his language. He's was always looking for ways to get a little edge up. 

Favor your focus? Friction with the universe? The universe has huge algorithms beyond our knowledge or control. Then the algorithms get smaller and smaller towards your city, your neighborhood, your house, your living room, you on the couch. You can't see any of this but if you know they're "over there" then they're not right here. So you don't know where they are but then you know where they aren't. Like we said about sports players, this cuts your problem in half. This is how you predict the future. You don't know what it is but you can know what it isn't. As long as you know it isn't bad then it's good. Generally speaking.

35 years ago I didn't know what to look for. We didn't have geo tools. We didn't have the cyber age of the digitization of information creating the democratization of authentication. Now everyone can intercept information. 

The internet has for the first time in human history given everyone verification and authentication of information. For the first time in history we have a “Filter” we can look through. Reason and science can only provide information. How we perceive that information, through all our subjective filters determines how we feel, and that determines how we act. Was German philosopher Nietzsche right when he said that “There are no facts, only interpretations”?

Whatever it was we had through history it wasn't available to the general public. Now we have these extra dimensions. Right on our phone. Today we're practically predictable. Information brokers know the value of intercepting us.   

Philosophers since ancient Greece ponder our existence. Is it controlled. Or not controlled. No control is a form of control. Even nothing is still something. These broad organic algorithms take too long to view let alone comprehend. We're only human we don't live very long. So how can you know them without having to know them? Is that what intuition does?

Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.
― Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was completely all about simplicity, compression and reductionism. He talks about water, what is more simple than water?

True refinement seeks simplicity.
 - Bruce Lee

If people from the future visited us we would think they have magic with their predictive analytic tools. What if we took Jeet Kune Do into the future? A world where you may already know what your opponent is about to do. A world where physical fighting the manner that we know it, is obsolete. We are already into cyber warfare where you spend half your time just figuring out who it is that just attacked you. Is that, "Attacking Without Attacking"? I don't know about that but I am certain there is more to Jeet Kune Do than we know. 

I believe the core concept of intercepting is detecting nuance. Nuance detection is the tangible part of intuition. It's like a sixth sense. It's like a peripheral vision that helps you see in the dark. Teachers and Instructors are examples of people who have a good sense of nuance detection and their job training shows them how to verbalize the process for us to use. There is a multitude of ways to learn or improve these type of intercepting skills.

The process of nuance detection is a form of prediction. In the analog world predicting the future is difficult to impossible. In the digital world it is difficult to doable. Digital means everything gets labeled with one's and zero's. Like a giant labeling system. Suddenly the world is much smaller when everything can have it's own label. Including ethereal things like a conversation. When you combine this 'labeling system" with a map it's called, "Geospatial." On the map everything gets a grid coordinate to be tracked over time and suddenly your future actions can be predicted. Not perfect of course but good enough to separate you from some of your finances, your health or your security. This is what school, the government, and society in general, hasn't kept us up to speed with. Every year now big Tech companies in cahoots with Info Brokers take a bigger chunk of, taking advantage of, all of us.

Back in the day it was only the big three Credit Bureaus that took advantage of us. ironically back then nobody looked at it that way. You had to pay to get them to pay attention. Today it's the oppoiste you have to pay to be unknown as hundreds+ Info Brokers try to sell you down the river. It's bad enough we have this growing cloud of digital vultures and predators but now we find out, our own organic SELF, is in play. You have your Firewall all setup on your phone and computer but do you have your Firewall all setup inside your head?   

Hacking us has become a whole industry. If you had to sum up Jeet Kune Do in only three words it would be, "Know Your Self." Back in the 1970's to not know your self was optional. Not anymore.

“Honestly expressing is very difficult to do. I mean it is easy for me to put on a show and be cocky and be flooded with a cocky feeling and then feel like pretty cool...or I can make all kind of phony things, you see what I mean, blinded by it or I can show you some really fancy movement. But to express oneself honestly, not lying to that, my friend, is very hard to do."
 - Bruce Lee

I would say, to be lying and know better is just a matter of dealing with your issues. To not know your that my friend is where things get really hard to figure out. A friend once told me that my Jeet Kune Do philosophy has a problem. He said, "The people that understand it don't really need it, and the people that really need it are unable to understand it." I always vowed to crack that algorithm.

Bruce Lee said, "we should look within ourselves to see where our particular problems lie and our cause of ignorance." You could say if we knew how to do that we wouldn't  need to do it in the first place. Teaching martial arts always starts out with the physical and if you're are lucky you will get some philosophy as you go. To quote Alan Watts, "I want to propose another idea altogether." It's called, "Health Defense." The physical stuff you should do on your own as much as possible. In Health Defense, information is the new battlefield and like it or not we are all on it. In combat right now. Your worst enemy is the element of surprise and complacency, master those and you'll prevent a hundred battles.  

In a digital society, information becomes the new currency that runs everything. From the beginning of time information has always been a form of currency but it was never free and available for everyone like today. Withholding information has become very profitable. Information about knowing your self has never been more important than right now.

Reasoning vs Emotion

A new generation unleashes change that is met with fierce resistance only to become the norm. The cycle goes through history -Unleash, Resist, Advance. Repeat. The digital age has crushed this cycle of dispersal of information. It comes out faster than anyone can figure out what they want to resist to. This has collapsed the news business. And a lot of other monopolies. Chaos ensues as the protection of cultural, economic, religious, socio political fiefdoms get squeezed. Our brain is being flooded with cosmic debris making it difficult to defend our personal security, health and finance.

Fear. Don't act on it, navigate it.

Jim Carrey explains “Fear.” He says look at challenges as something beneficial, then you can deal with them in the most productive way. If things are seen as fear then you are attracted to the past, back when things were safe, known, comfortable. The past is not coming back. Let’s get over it. Jim says it’s the way you frame the challenges that make the difference. He says it’s an epiphany when you try to see your self from the outside in.

Decision making is traditionally viewed as a rational process where reason calculates the best way to achieve the goal. Cognitive science has shown that human decisions and actions are much more influenced by intuition and emotional responses than it was previously thought. Even when we make creative rational decisions, the actual choice may in reality be based on emotion. Conversely when you don’t make a rational decision and accidentally do something great or creative of course you quickly take full credit. Might as well. Don’t musicians do this all the time?

In other words humans don’t know what the hell they’re doing half the time even though they’re doing quite fine. This controlled loss of control can create fear if you keep looking at challenges as threatening. Bruce Lee said, "Your greatest enemy is the element of surprise. To defeat that enemy don’t be surprised." Isn't it true that big emotions often come as a surprise. You feel guilty or you tear up or you jump for joy or you feel terrible, you don’t see it coming.

Emotions may be a sort of compression algorithm for compacting experience like an MP3 compresses a song. Your mind can read it without uncompressing it, the computer can’t do that. At least not in the way humans do it. The computer has to uncompress it and then search thru the lines.

Humans can have a super fast response way ahead of conscious thinking. This may point to why expert's "gut" level decisions have high accuracy rates. Since there appears to be no mood mode that would put you in the perfect frame of mind for, making up your mind what’s a decision-maker to do? The best bet might be to accept that you’re going to have emotions, but to try to keep them from highjacking your thought process.

Information Interception

The mundane and minute details of our day to day activities are something we don't bother to keep track of. Info brokers do. They market this information. Buyers can then use this data to read you like a book or to steer you to help them predict what you're going to do next. They do this to us so why can't we do it first? Intercept your Self.

It's not practical to track our self in the same way that Info brokers use on us. But we need to get a handle on this because you don't want strangers to know more about you than you know about you. Health Care is the perfect example. Health Care is about Self Defense don't just sit there and let your ass get beat.

Defending Your Health Self Interest

Boxers and MMA guys have a keen sense of nuance. They're in no hurry to talk about their secrets, even if they can explain it. Artists, Actors, Musicians and great athletes usually don't know how to explain it. They say things "it just appears" or it's just that they try harder than anyone else. Thanks but that doesn't really help us really. Sometimes they attempt to explain it to us but it's usually a version of how they came upon it. I think Bruce Lee had a keen sense of nuance. He was at the point where he was trying to go beyond the fighting and explain it to us. He never finished. He was only 32, all we have is what we have. We will track down those quotes where he talks about "being." 

What are all those cryptic sayings you saw in Bruce Lee's book?

Tao Of Jeet Kune Do Boook Cover

Those are algorithms. You can create your own algorithms. Algorithms are typically portrayed as something made by computer programs. They can be digital or they can be organic with no connection to computers at all. Think of an algorithm as a "recipe" or instructions with an outcome. Mother Nature is chock full of organic algorithms. The secret to algorithms is compression. Saying a lot in a little. Human DNA is a organic algorithm that has incredible compression ratios.

DNA compression algorithm

Organic algorithms are infinitely more powerful than digital algorithms. Here is my favorite Bruce Lee organic algorithm:     

Your worst enemy is the element of surprise. To defeat that enemy, don't be surprised.
 - Bruce Lee

I rarely meet anyone who knows that quote. I think that's one of his best. There is so much to unpack there. It's like he's telling you don't fall off that cliff as you sailing downward and the ground is coming up fast. If you are surprised aren't you already defeated? In one respect you are. But are you?

Decoding Bruce Lee

We're going to "decode" Jeet Kune Do one algorithm at a time. Each one says so much. You will see how you can make your own algorithms. You already do. 

Your Health Self Interest and JKD

Jeet Kune Do translates to "Intercepting Fist." Bruce Lee is most known for intercepting other people, with extreme efficiency. Almost everything you read about intercepting in Jeet Kune Do is about intercepting your opponent. Let's reverse that and concentrate on intercepting our self. With that extreme efficiency. The physical and emotional state. We are going to concentrate on intercepting our health. That doesn't mean switching cereal brands or diet plans it means tap into the cognitive cycle. Cognitive Neuroscience explains what we always suspected. Remember in the new digital world everything is labeled, therefore can be, tracked.

Health Is The New Wealth

If you had to pick one -POWER or PREDICTABILITY, which would you choose? Power sounds good but it's not predictable. With predictability you get power for free. Two for one. Predictability is about the path you're on. Power is about Obstacles. Power leads to always wanting (needing) more. Seek predictability, for then life is no longer about obstacles, it's all about which "paths" to take. Life is about paths. Don't mistake objects and obstacles as your future. You can predict your future by putting yourself in a position where you don't need prediction. You should always be ready to use power but first try to use predictability. Let's get started!

Total Health Defense

Total Health Defense


Alan Watts specializes in translating eastern philosophy into lectures for us that are easier to grasp. Bruce Lee was a fan of Alan Watts. He has many Lectures (and video) on Human Identity. One is called, "Alan Watts - We Are Not Living The Right Way Full Radio Lecture." In this lecture I don't know if he's complaining or explaining. He's talking about the Template you are given when you are born, the template that tells you what to do in life.  

I'm paraphrasing it here:

Alan says human society welcomes the children into the world with no sense of identity as if they are on probation as if you don’t belong here and have to wait to earn the whole story. He says we elders and institutions string it out for decades and kids become adults with a desperate need for a goal, that never arrives. A whole life based on a promissory note that it’s coming someday, therefore you can enjoy yourself today so long as tomorrow looks bright. 

Allan quotes Confucius, “A man who understands the Tao in the morning can die contentedly in the evening.” That is to say, if you have ever lived one complete moment. You can be ready to die.

Society give us this identity made of a narrative of rules you need to role play by. He says that is not you. The real you is not on probation you already are here, you belong. You are the world itself and everything expressing itself here and now.

Alan seems to be saying we don't know who we really are? Is it that why Bruce Lee said it is so difficult to express oneself honestly?

Honestly expressing is very difficult to do. I mean it is easy for me to put on a show and be cocky and be flooded with a cocky feeling and then feel like pretty cool...or I can make all kind of phony things, you see what I mean, blinded by it or I can show you some really fancy movement. But to express oneself honestly, not lying to that, my friend, is very hard to do.
  - Bruce Lee

Instead of teaching kids about their own body about sex drugs and rock n roll kids are told this imaginary story they are separate and “good” apart from that evil body underneath their head. Instead of teaching kids what drugs are, kids are taught it's a War On Drugs. The whole charade blows up when a person gets a glimpse of what your mind and body really are. The problem for society that revelation is not consistent. Everyone see the same things differently. Humans have a natural tendency for apophenia and that can go in a good direction but when it goes bad its bad. I never heard of that word "apophenia." It sounds like a subset of cognitive dissonance.


  • The perception of or belief in connectedness among unrelated phenomena.

  • The inconsistency of apophenia gets used as a scare tactic to say SEE see you person YOU must listen to the society narrative and do not stray off of it pal. In the 1960’s the counterculture got people going off the script. They could see thru the ruse when the government said marijuana is Satan and leads to heroin and hell on earth. Just Say No. It was more like just say no -to reality. Just stay in the alternative reality we created for you. Of course many people did just that and it gave the authorities power to take advantage of the situation despite loss of credibility. We see today trolls, grifters and con men telling people what they want to hear. For power and profit.

    Is it the same way we were told about recycling, pollution, plastic, solar, fossil fuels, the food chain, drugs, war, morality, etc. etc. the list goes on for a long time.

    Allan Watts says children are not told reality. They are not told their true identity. They are given an identity, pre-defined by the culture, tribe, country or group they are born into and told this narrative is reality. He says, "of course it is not and then they are unprepared for what life has in store for them." He said, "it creates a collision and creates an alienation of feeling that the world outside of human skin is unfeeling, fully-automatic stupidity. Which we are supposed to have to fight. And dominate, otherwise it will swallow us up and condemn us to the imaginary terrors of everlasting nothingness.” When I was born I never got any of that, is he talking about religion? I never got any, I never got any thing of anything. I got a bowl of Oatmeal. I was a blank slate. I wasn't given a "template" by my tribe.

    Is Alan Watts talking about a form of apophenia? A form that replaces the role of critical thinking and comparative analysis? Society is solidified behind the idea that it's interference when the government, the schools or science gets too close to our family's personal business. As if we know what's up. Like it's an evil invasion of privacy. Nobody can agree what bad stuff is but somehow they know it when they see it.

    Socialism is evil until the train comes off the tracks then all of a sudden it’s “do something” help us help me help me. The labels "socialism" and "capitalism" are rarely used correctly. It's in our DNA. Our favorite politician likes to keep the root of the cause private but then make sure the bad results are public. We can't make profit private but the debt public. Who is believing all this kooky stuff out there?

    Seeing things? Is this not the the history of humanity, from clueless cavemen to semi clueless humans to information overload. "Our perception grows on the wild misinterpretation of random data, presented in a suggestive fashion by kings and queens and rulers of institutions that steer us to the intended misunderstanding to keep us busy> ? They pre-seed our life with signs pointing to false conclusions. They keep in power by constantly keeping us from figuring out we don’t have to do any of this by pointing out unrelated random events and creating a meaning for them that fits the propaganda message they are delivering> ? That sounds exactly like QAnon.

    Powerful misinformation presentations can bond people together. Friends in a club. A common illusion with no actual real solution in the real world. Instead, this is a breadcrumb trail AWAY from reality towards a dangerous psychological rush.

    As an artist I see things in anything and everything. The difference is I don't go looking for it. Waiting for it to arrive in my mailbox each week. Every cloud has a shape that can look like something else, like chem trails. Everything that flickers might be a jumble of Morse code. The more information that is out there, the easier it is to allow apophenia to guide you into anything. One time I saw Jim Morison on a piece of toast.


    Reed Berkowitz got his start creating educational games with world-class children's properties such as Peanuts, Sanrio (Hello Kitty), Felix the Cat, and many others.  He has created award-winning educational, gaming, and entertainment products for the US and international markets.

    When you're in the club, the cult, the secret group, you look for manufactured connections that end up taking you to desired conclusions the handlers have created. Like a video game. When players arrive at the “correct” answers they are showered with adoration, respect, and social credit. Like a teenage Role Player the “correct” answer is the one that the group respects the most and makes the story the most enjoyable. The idea that bolsters the theory. The correct answer is the one that provides the most credit.

    It’s like a Darwinian fiction lab, where the best stories and the most engaging and satisfying misinterpretations rise to the top and are then elaborated upon for the next version.

    In a video game it’s easy for people to forget that they are not discovering the story, but creating it from random data.

    This helps the people build an internal world that best serves the Puppet Masters. Who are the Puppet Masters?

    “It is well known that people often resist changing their beliefs when directly challenged, especially when these beliefs are central to their identity. In some cases, exposure to counterevidence may even increase a person’s confidence that his or her cherished beliefs are true."   -

    Strongly held beliefs are literally a part of us. As such, attacks on core beliefs are treated very much as attacks on us, even as strongly as a physical attack.

    “The brain’s primary responsibility is to take care of the body, to protect the body,” says Jonas Kaplan, a psychologist at the University of Southern California. “The psychological self is the brain’s extension of that. When our self feels attacked, our [brain is] going to bring to bear the same defenses that it has for protecting the body.”

    Puzzle-solving is a special way to learn and it encodes information into the brain in a different way than other learning. Puzzles and knowledge gained through our own efforts are incredibly rewarding and also come with a hit of dopamine, the brain’s pleasure drug, as a reward.

    As far back as 1978, it has been known that having an “Aha!” moment increases retention of memories. Recently, a report published in 2018 in the journal Human Brain Mapping found that Aha! moments also activate the brain’s reward systems.


    We are told the reason no one knows about "the conspiracy” is because of the conspiracy. Not because it doesn’t exist. In this state of mind the proof of apophenia is more apophenia. It's a self fueling engine. It creates the fog of war without the war. This conspiratorial mindset mode and the internet data hoard were made for each other.

    When we impose patterns or relationships on otherwise unrelated things, we call it apophenia. When we create these connections online, we call it the internet

    The web circling back to itself again and again. The internet is an apophenic machine. The internet was made for conspiracy theory: it is a conspiracy theory: one thing leads to another, always another link leading you deeper into no thing and no place, floating through self-dividing and transmogrifying sites until you are awash in the sheer evidence that the internet exists.

    When faced with a global catastrophe that is simultaneously the responsibility of no one and everyone, there is a human preference to replace that chaos with some sort of narrative. 

    We need to crack this algorithm before AI does.