The Brain, Consciousness, And Tilt 858 views

The idea of consciousness and what it is exactly has been a topic of unyielding conflict and philosophical debate for an extensive, yet unspecified period of time, resulting from there being no defined or documented starting point for such a debate. There remains a vast chasm in the fabric of space and time pertaining to philosophical discussion in relation to the field of science and its imminent entrance to this same debate.

There are reasons for this gap. Science relies on fact and objectivity in its pursuit of concrete irrefutable results, and in no way allows for a philosophical, or subjective approach, in its pursuit of answers through ideas and discussion, to be mistaken as fact. Until recently, there simply had not been enough advancements in studies of the brain to warrant science conducting experimentation on this subject.

The more common philosophical arguments are such that consciousness arises from the brain, although no one is able to defiantly claim when this occurs. There are others that utilize religious spiritual explanations for consciousness, aka, the soul. None of which are tied to any scientific or factual explanation. Although science is now active in pursuing answers, this field of study has barely scratched the surface of this subject due to the sheer complexity inherent and seemingly unlimited variables involved.

My opinions regarding this matter are philosophical primarily due to my lack of experience within the field of science in relation to this specific matter. Although I have no objective evidence to support my belief that consciousness does exist, it is on this premise I have an opinion on this matter at all.

From a subjective and personal point of view, I liken the analogy of the body requiring a heart to function to that of the brain acting as the heart of consciousness in such a way to allow the soul to experience its surroundings in a contextual manner. In essence, the brain is no more than a complex and instrumental tool for an individual's consciousness to function within its environment as does the heart enable the body to be active within its surroundings. The difference being the heart is directly connected to the body, while IMO, consciousness is not predisposed to such confinement in relation to the brain.

From the perspective of sports betting, I believe if one is able to discern and harness this idea of difference between brain and consciousness, then one also has the ability to effectively demonstrate a willingness and restraint from the pitfalls associated with chemical reactions that take place inside the brain in its reaction to outside variables resulting in the all too familiar occurrence of 'tilt'.

To experience emotion is one of the general commonalities primarily responsible for allowing humans to be empathetic with one another and to feel what another person is feeling without undergoing the actual experience of that person. We all know what 'tilt' is, but every individual experiences and reacts to it in a similar, yet vastly different way.

If the act of 'tilt' suddenly vanished, this one, of countless bookmaker edges, would constitute massive decreases in profits they had realized in previous years and cause a dramatic adverse effect regarding future revenues that would warrant changes to the very way they function. I would be hard pressed to determine what changes they would implement, but I am almost certain there would be changes.

Do you believe that 'tilt' can be defeated? Are there mechanisms available to prevent 'tilt'?

Honestly, I feel 'tilt' is not something that can be defeated entirely, but I do believe it is an emotional response that can be restrained if one is subjected to repetitive exposure, actively notes and learns from the experiences, and is able to instill the experience to memory.

IMO, the system player has a definitive advantage over the traditional sports handicapper specifically due to the inherent systemic approach where emotion and real-time decision is removed from the formula and thus removes the end user, sports bettor, the human aspect, from the equation.

Another strong approach that dramatically decreases a person's susceptibility to falling by the wayward actions of 'tilt' are to remove yourself from experiencing the events associated with what an individual has wagered on, or the act of 'emotional detachment'. This idea is based on the premise that the sports bettor, after placing his/her bets, does not subject themselves to the chemical reaction inducing actions of spectating games they have an active monetary interest in. This is much easier stated than actually done.

I am interested in hearing others thoughts about these matters. Have a great day everyone!

Edited 8/5/13 at 1:46PM by Timothy Wynn - No reason listed.


That's a massively verbose post ;-)

Athletes have potential tilt issues too. Hence the need for books and concepts like the Inner Game of Tennis.

My MLB system doesn't require me to watch any games. I do need to understand baseball facts and figures. Happy with the results. So agree with your latter paragraphs.

Your brain can be you're worst enemy when it comes to sports betting. You can always find a way to pick more winners than losers but tilt is a bookies best friend.

Tim, you lost me, lol.

I was waiting for the alien abduction part on how to seperate the brain from emotion.

Best bet for most, quit while your behind.


I doubt that tilt can be prevented for the majority of people. I think of it like people with depression. Depression tricks you into thinking that you've always felt terrible, when in reality its obviously not true. Being on tilt tricks you into thinking that the only way you can, for example, stop a losing streak or get back ahead(+) is by making more and more wagers regardless of the odds of success. Most of us, being amateurs, tilt is something that will haunt us all at one point or another and and stopping it is really unlikely, especially if you look at some gamblers on the professional level. Poker is a great example, and almost every professional poker player will mention him/herself being on tilt in interviews and sometimes on the table. That's usually why when they get down, they get down big, and they are pros.

Anyways! Those are just my thoughts on tilt and great post Tim.


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