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Thinking Aloud: Shogi is Essentially a Language

It’s a set of symbols and patterns…

Experienced chess players (of all variants) can easily recall, produce and communicate in “words” and “phrases” — chunks and patterns of legal moves and board positions.

But they can’t remember gibberish (i.e. random arrangements of pieces that could never constitute real/possible/legal gameplay) any better than chess noobs.

So it could be that because the same human hardware — “neurocognitive architecture” — implements (creates and uses) both languages and shogi, the similarity is more a case of myelin-sheathing hammers making everything look like nails, rather than everything actually being nails.

Shades of Jeff Hawkins’ “memory-prediction framework theory of the brain”

Also, check out Dan Coyle’s “The Talent Code” for more on myelination.

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