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25+ years in software development.

6 years on an HCI PhD.

20+ years married.

19 years a parent.

I can cope with anything.

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Feb
16
comment What is Asperger's Syndrome?
The simple answer is, I believe, that the autistic spectrum is considered very wide these days, and Aspergers is at some point on it. That does not mean that it has much in common with other points on the spectrum. Autism is a broad terms to cover a range of cognitive disruptions.
Feb
15
comment Why would the brain flip the images perceived by your eyes?
The point I was trying to make is that it is upside down wrt your tactile input. There is a need to align the two, so that your tactile associations can be related to your visual ones. It is just about relating the various stimuli appropriately.
Feb
15
comment Why would the brain flip the images perceived by your eyes?
What it means by "flipping it" is just that it interprets the image received correctly, by understanding that it is presented upside down. The final image that your brain processes matches with your tactile input which interprets everything as right way up.
Feb
13
answered Is there evidence that listening to music can aid/hinder concentration or performance?
Feb
8
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
7
comment Why does neuroplasticity decrease in adults?
@Artem - yes I accept that, I was really trying to challenge your assertion that neuroplasticity would be good for life. I will try to fid some background for these assertions.
Feb
6
awarded  Commentator
Feb
6
comment What skills are required to build simulations of the human brain?
Actually, this gives me an idea of a good starting point. Download the SE data dump, and write an interface to answer any question that SE already provides the answer to. That in itself woudl be a stunning achievement. And I mean interpreting questions, so that if I ask something that has been answered in a different way from a different question, it will work it out.
Feb
6
comment What skills are required to build simulations of the human brain?
I think "reading natural language" is enough of a challenge. Listening to it and interpreting it is a whole new level of problem. As you say, humans use context to an incredible degree. We also use multi-media - that is, more than just sounds, but faces and actions. They all have to be "read".
Feb
6
comment What skills are required to build simulations of the human brain?
That was sort of my point. Pretty much each piece of this is a lifetimes work. I picked on a piece that I knew something about, but the same applies to every other piece. Each one needs a genius and a few lifetimes.
Feb
6
answered What skills are required to build simulations of the human brain?
Feb
6
answered Why does neuroplasticity decrease in adults?
Feb
5
comment Why are people inclined to praise or fear the unknown?
@nico - not always, actually. And that was my point, that staying with beliefs is a problem, they need to be investigated.
Feb
3
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
3
awarded  Scholar
Feb
3
accepted Is leg jiggling a focus aid?
Feb
3
comment Is leg jiggling a focus aid?
@JeromyAnglim We would need a proper Jigglologist to help there, I think ;)
Feb
3
comment Why are people inclined to praise or fear the unknown?
OK, but the psychic or reiki beliefs can also be called hypotheses. The argument that "we don't know some things" is also a belief. Your comment actually is what I was saying, that we need to explore our beliefs/demonstrate our hypotheses/substantiate our theories.
Feb
3
answered Why are people inclined to praise or fear the unknown?
Feb
3
comment Is leg jiggling a focus aid?
@BenBrocka - However what I am not clear on is whether leg jiggling fits ito the same group as fidgeting. It feels like it has less direct control. What we need is a Fidgetoligist.