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A PhD student in Theoretical Quantum Optics at ICFO. Alumnus of Physics and Mathematics at the University of Warsaw. Interested in quantum optics & quantum information, applied optics and mathematical modeling in psychology. Dedicated to education of gifted schoolchildren (as both tutor and organizer). In free time enjoys photography, hiking and psychology (esp. cognitive science).


Jan
30
comment Does the scarcity of female programmers, suggest that men are more intelligent than women?
@JeromyAnglim My objections are not related to the question subject (I don't care much for political correctness or being polite), but the lack of research/effort by OP (at least starting with wikipedia, any job census or whatever - it is not a niche problem!). But TU for you - great answer to a so-so question!
Jan
29
comment Does the scarcity of female programmers, suggest that men are more intelligent than women?
It is certainly a different question, not necessarily a better one. "statistically provable scarcity of women" but a link to an essay? Why other remarks or question - there should be ONE question per question. Plus, in general, before asking here some proof of initial research is welcome.
Jan
18
awarded  Yearling
Jan
16
comment How does syntax highlighting affect the learning of a new programming language?
Although it is not a direct answer, you may want to look at Using Eye-Tracking to Understand Program Comprehension.
Jan
14
comment How many calories do we burn when we try to understand mathematical proofs?
See question How does the brain's energy consumption depend on mental activity? - biologySE.
Dec
26
comment Why do humans have sex in private?
Well, things like "we see stronger chimps beating up weaker chimps that have consensual sex" are factual statements (so referencing them would be desirable). In evolution it is easy to come up with a solution, but hard to check if it is actually correct (opposite of mathematics); plus, in empirical sciences reasoning without empiricism does not work. (But sure, there is no "no original research" policy, so of course, you are encouraged for your writing your hypotheses.)
Dec
25
comment Why do humans have sex in private?
It sounds plausible, but do you have any reference to back it? (Also, while it is not an official requirement, slightly more formal style is being preferred. (E.g. less rhetorical questions and colloquialisms.))
Oct
19
awarded  Taxonomist
Jun
27
comment Does intelligence cause greater alcohol consumption?
The relations seems to be more tricky (see nature.com/news/online-games-offer-trove-of-brain-data-1.13247 and links there), with intelligence peaking at 1-2 drinks per day (and it is, AFAIK, without controlling for other parameters). However, excluding other social, health (e.g. some people cannot drink because of some diseases) or psychological (e.g. related to stress or creativity-depression link) correlations may be hard. BTW: Do you know any tests with control (especially double blind)? Or any possible mechanisms than may make alcohol boosting intelligence?
May
17
comment How is intelligence correlated to beauty?
And by the same author: Why beautiful people are more intelligent (free pdf). And as a side note, slides of my friend on that topic. There are also some links to paper investigating the beauty-symmetry relationship.
May
17
revised How is intelligence correlated to beauty?
link added
Apr
22
comment Is there experimental support for John Perry's “Theory of Structured Procrastination”?
@ArtemKaznatcheev Here it is: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candle_problem - making haste makes it harder to come with a creative solution. It is not that unlikely that the converse is also true: to make creative things one needs to not rush so quickly and make his/her mind wander (NB which makes one unhappy, see scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=a-wandering-mind-is-an-un), where procrastination is a side effect (or perhaps not even - just a natural phenomenon in creativity, or (sic!) well-spent time).
Apr
22
comment Is there experimental support for John Perry's “Theory of Structured Procrastination”?
It may be hard to measure it, as procrastination involves mainly creative, open-ended work, as opposed to work than "can be done" [citation needed; I had it somewhere]. So, for example, you can say that X produces 5 papers, but Y produces only 1 paper in a year. But it might be hard to asses creativity or value of the papers.
Apr
11
comment What psychological factors account for code readability?
A related link, on eye-tracking when reading code: blog.theincredibleholk.org/blog/2012/12/18/how-do-we-read-code
Mar
12
answered How to explain emoticons to an autistic person?
Mar
12
comment How to explain emoticons to an autistic person?
So, the actual problem is in explaining emoticons or emotions?
Mar
12
comment How to explain emoticons to an autistic person?
Two comments: 1) actually emoticons are explicit information, unlike someone smiling or showing sadness, so they may be not hard to explain 2) I don't think that people use emoticons in exact way (much alike facial expressions).
Mar
12
comment Is variation in human brain size related to mental functioning?
Usually what matters (at least - between species) is the deviation from brain mass as a function of body mass scaling law, see nature.com/scientificamerican/journal/v305/n1/box/…. Without taking account for body mass (and other factors like age, sex or ethnic group) (so not only brain mass!) one might get misleading results for correlation of brain size and mental abilities.
Feb
5
comment Predicting how long a task will take
More as a comment: Evidence Based Scheduling - Joel on Software and search for "unrealistic optimism" or optimism bias plus many delays are due to "unpredictable" problems, so you can't just include them in a schedule.
Jan
28
awarded  Notable Question