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From the School of Computer Science and Department of Psychology at McGill University, I marvel at the world through algorithmic lenses. My specific interests are in quantum computing, evolutionary game theory, modern evolutionary synthesis, and theoretical cognitive science. Previously I was at the Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Combinatorics & Optimization at the University of Waterloo and a visitor to the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore.


Mar
3
answered What is relationship between being a good person and functioning in society?
Mar
2
revised What is the difference between a schema and a heuristic?
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Feb
27
revised Why does optogenetics not mean that perfect brain-computer interfaces are possible?
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Feb
27
reviewed Leave Open Is perfectionism related to OCD?
Feb
27
revised Is perfectionism related to OCD?
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Feb
27
revised How to refer to the phenomenon of people only absorbing evidence which confirms their beliefs?
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Feb
26
reviewed Reviewed Binary classification as a cognitive strategy?
Feb
26
reviewed Leave Open What is mindful focused self-awareness from a cognitive science perspective?
Feb
26
reviewed Leave Open Why do I get smaller accuracy when I use 80% of training sets using HMAX model?
Feb
25
revised What are biologically plausible ways to model binocular disparity?
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Feb
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
18
revised What are the mathematical models of memory?
Edited for readability and added a tag.
Feb
14
comment When was it recognized that thinking occurs in the brain and not in the heart?
I think this is historic cherry-picking; if you dig enough among the Greeks you will find almost any belief (most prominent example of this is saying that the Greeks predicted atomic theory because of Democritus). The question becomes (as you point out in the comments), did any large body subscribe to this belief beyond a few disciples? I would argue that they didn't, because in the 3rd century BC, Aristotle was still promoting the brain as refrigerator and had much more historic significance than Alcmaeon.
Feb
14
comment What does a cortical column do?
Here's an example of a much better focused question on bio.SE.
Feb
14
comment What does a cortical column do?
@H.Muster I was actually going to make the same comment, but I was surprised by how uninformative that wikipedia article and the discussion here were. In general, a quick Google search doesn't reveal an obvious definitive resource, either. Hence, it might be good to provide a canonical answer here if jonsca has time. Of course, I do wish that the OP would focus the question more, since it is pretty vague.
Feb
13
revised What does a cortical column do?
readability and edited tags
Feb
13
awarded  Announcer
Feb
12
comment Cosyne vs CNS conferences for Computational Neuroscience?
@ChuckSherrington I don't think your characterization of NIPS is accurate, it doesn't 'mix in some ML and AI' it is one of the two premier ML conferences, which might mix in a little bit of comp neuro. In reality, I think the typical comp neuro lab would have a very difficult time trying to publish there. For instance, take a look at the 2013 proceedings.
Feb
9
awarded  Announcer
Feb
8
reviewed Approve suggested edit on brain-development tag wiki