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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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Mar
7
comment Running on autopilot
At the moment, I am favouring this simply because I think the memory aspect is probably important. If there is nothing odd about the journey, then it probably doesn't get separately logged into memory, so we have no specific recollection of it. I will be checking through the references and selecting an answer this weekend.
Mar
7
comment Does Facebook activity predict job performance?
Well, the more time you spend on facebook at work, the lower your performance will be. Does that help? @ArtemKaznatcheev - raise it in meta, because I agree with you.
Mar
4
comment Running on autopilot
I can accept that some actions can be done on autopilot - like playing guitar, or the process of driving, but it is the route finding that I struggle with. And even when I follow a habitual route, it is done consciously, even if without concentrating, which I can accept.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Feb
3
comment Is leg jiggling a focus aid?
Thank you - wonderful answer. And it highlights the challenge that if it is for exercise, circulation, movement, sexual tension or whatever, this MAY thereby help focus. Or not. As you say, more needs to be done on this.
Feb
2
comment Is leg jiggling a focus aid?
Mainly anecdotally gathered - I have not found anything with scientific credibility, but this: boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=514289 is where I got a number of these from. There are other suggestions in there like a version of tourettes, but I wanted to focus on the cognative rather than medical issues. And thank you @Josh for tidying my question up!
Jan
26
comment What is the definition of sanity? How can I prove someone either sane or insane?
I think it is a very good question, even if not one that is easy to answer. As others have said, it is not a psychological definition as much as a legal one and a popular culture one. In the series "I Claudius", Nero asked one of his people if they thought he was mad. The response was "Caeser, you set the standard for sanity" ( roughly ). In many respects, this is the only clear definition - can a person function successfully in the society that they are in? Which, of course, means that it is a flexible and inprecise definition.