How do we predict what is going to happen before it does? We come up with a little routine for what we’ve already experienced, just in case something similar happens again. Then we’re prepared.
There’s a price to pay. Adapting to learn a habit (involving a habit or routine of motion, especially,) will make the sensation of doing the routine disappear. Habits of movement and response are designed to fade into the background, to disappear and run as “installed” routines. These routines are designed to trigger on an “if…then” recognition by the brain of the need for the routine to happen.
Habits and routines are handy to have installed. The reason it is useful for a certain habit to bury itself into the construction of a routine is so other habits, (in the form of gradually acquired skills,) can be chained onto previously learned habits. You can say, “Go!” and the whole routine should go into action and it will play out, even if the whole sequence is very complex and took a long time to train.
Learn to do something unnecessary by accident, and it will become chained into the sequence of having learned the skill. Tricky to undo those problems – which are problems that you cannot tell are happening from the inside. You’re just doing the thing you learned to do the way you learned to do it. However, since you invested time and energy into training this routine, you don’t bother to revise it in the light of new circumstances. It’s easier to train yet another routine instead. This is one of the drawbacks and a basic error of perception.
We don’t see the need to “uninstall” the old programs and routines. We just forget them. The problem is they may come back to haunt us, because we’re probably still doing them, depending on how a routine was installed and if it was used often.
A basic error of perception is that people assume they know where they are in space and how much effort is required to get them or their extremities from location to location. People often forget that they trained themselves to adapt to some extraordinary circumstance previously. They may be starting from a different location or relationship with balance and effort than they would correctly assume.
What most people do not know is the sense of judgment about location, effort and weight is a relative sense – not an “absolutely true” one. In fact, humans merely are able to register only relative differences in our kinesthetic sense. Most people do not know this fact and believe they know what is happening with themselves because they can “feel” it.
Because of the nature of adapting that humans are so talented at doing, this example is true for how people learn skills and perceive the world to make sense of “how things are,” not just the kinesthetic sense.