OODA Alpha, Part VII: Reorientation

Reorientation, the process of moving from one orientation to the other, relies on analysis and synthesis to generate novel cognitive structures (Osinga, 2007). Specifically, analysis is a reductive process that makes a complex pattern manageable, while synthesis is a constructive process that builds new systems to manage the pattern (Boyd, 1992). Reorientation is the process of learning by improving schemata, or a “repertoire of orientation patterns” (Osinga, 2007, 236) within orientation and has shown specific benefits within education. Reorientation is a critical part of growth throughout life.

Decision is perhaps most important in the context of metacognitive analysis and synthesis, where decision is an indirect way of influencing action in that it alters orientation. Automatization, leading to automaticity, allows a repeated decision making process to be effortlessly performed by orientation (Feldon, 2007a). While freedom from conscious control has been studied in mindless systems (Iles, 1906; Huser, Blatter, & Lipsius, 2000), “learning consists of of scheme construction and automation” (Leahy & Sweller, 2005, 273). That is to say, learning means creating new mental structures within orientation.


Automaticity in the cognitive realm is the result of a large amount of worthwhile practice (Thorndike, 1913; Topping, Samuels, & Paul, 2007). That is, the analysis and synthesis of prior decision making effects orientation. Even in areas which influence education due to genetic heritability, the analysis and synthesis of decision can alter orientation. For instance, students suffering from ADHD (discussed above) can mitigate its harmful effects by monitoring how they spend attention (Harris, et al, 2005).

Reorientation is one part of a cycle of growth an development (Boyd, 1992). Another part, disorientation, is described next.


OODA Alpha, a tdaxp series
1. Abstract
2. Dual Processing Systems
3. The OODA Loop
4. Decision
5. Orientation
6. A Theory of Mind
7. Reorientation
8. Disorientation
9. Education
10. Instruction
11. Student Interaction
12. Creativity
13. Conclusion
14. Bibliography

Dozier Internet Law: Click View | Page Source, Break Copyright Law

Dozier Internet Law, fresh from costing SecureComputer one million dollars, forcing Cuppy’s Coffee to get a P.R. firm, and making life miserable for DirectBuy, now takes on its latest enemy:

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That’s right! Boing Boing, the biggest website to pay attention to Dozier yet (it’s the number three blog on the planet) enters the fray. Here’s the best part of the user agreement from John Dozier’s company website:

We also own all of the code, including the HTML code, and all content. As you may know, you can view the HTML code with a standard browser. We do not permit you to view such code since we consider it to be our intellectual property protected by the copyright laws. You are therefore not authorized to do so.

Their website downloads code to your computer, but you can’t even examine the functions that it runs. And of course, Dozier’s website doesn’t ask you for permission before executing its super-secret javascript.

In the comments, Keithirwin accuses Dozier Internet Law of stealing the code of others, and using the user agreement to try to keep this secret. What does the term Dozier Internet Law and plagiarism seem so familiar?

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