Originally posted by davemustaine
LOL...and y is that??
I invoked Miles' quote for several reasons.
First, the author really needs to use a spellchecker.
Second, the logic of the article is not formed very well. For example, in the first paragraph, the author states that chess is not a board game. Really? Gee, I kinda thought it was. I suspect the author meant that chess is not JUST a board game. It sometimes is important to be accurate when making statements.
A reader shouldn't have to read halfway through an article before he discovers the main idea of the article (meditation). It would be much clearer to simply add the word meditation in the title of the article. (Also, maybe add the word "chess" to the title?)
Also, the author states that he is sure that the reader knows what meditation is, so the author refuses to define meditation. That seems shortsighted to me. Does everyone really know what meditation is? I doubt it.
Third, there are no supporting data or references that would help to support the author's claim. The author goes on to describe a meditation regimen that supposedly will help one's chess game, but he doesn't give his opinion of WHY meditation should help, other than stating that it will improve concentration and focus. (How EXACTLY does meditation help you in chess? Does it reduce blunders? Does it allow you to calculate better?) To help support the author's assertion, he should, at the least, give a personal testimonial of how meditation helped his chess playing. Also, the author should attempt to reference any other scientific studies that would support his assertion. (Or if none exist, then he should state that none exist.)
So, as you can see, I thought the article was poorly written from a grammatical, logical, and evidential standpoint. I suspect that the article was written in only one draft. One-draft articles usually end up showing many mistakes and weaknesses.
Please note that nowhere in this response did I say that meditation is utter crap. I personally believe that simple exercise is more beneficial than meditation, because exercise helps a person both physically and mentally, while meditation would only work on a mental level, at best. But if someone else believes in meditation, more power to him.
One last question - davemustaine, you wouldn't happen to be Prashant Waikar, would you? Just wondering.