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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.


Jan
23
comment Does law of attraction have psychological basis?
@GregMcNulty it has absolutely nothing to do with quantum mechanics, don't subscribe to such hokum. See the last two sections of my answer here since they apply to pretty much every use of the word quantum near anything to do with humans.
Jan
21
awarded  Necromancer
Jan
20
comment Neural Microfilaments for Computation?
@JoshF I am glad you liked it. I've been meaning to write more on this for a while now, and your question prompted me to finally get around to doing it. If you are interested in some of the history behind this hokum then I've started presenting it as a series of posts on my blog.
Jan
19
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can we enter data at the speed of thought?
Jan
19
comment Is dominance a hypothetical construct or is it based in neurobiology?
@GaëlLaurans I think your series of comments provides a good "question the assumptions" answer, you should consider submitting it as an answer. Alternatively, we could create a general "Is X a hypothetical construct or is it based in neurobiology?" to use as a reference to many similar questions we get on the site, with your answer as a good starting point for people.
Jan
19
revised Can we enter data at the speed of thought?
edited tags
Jan
19
comment Does writing something on computer help memorize it?
it is better to not give an answer than to give a bad or misleading answer. I don't know what the answer to this question is, but I know that your conclusion does not follow from your own premises. If you think that the study suggests that typing offered benefits that are similar then you should stress them in your answer.
Jan
19
comment Does writing something on computer help memorize it?
How does your conclusion "Given this research" follow from the research you cite? You cite research in children where writing does give advantage over typing, cite an example that writing can interfere with reading and then conclude something completely unrelated (maybe even opposite) about typing in adults. Given the scant evidence you provide, the only thing that can be concluded is that we (or at least you) don't know the difference between writing and typing in this context.
Jan
19
reviewed Close Licensing when using the NEO-FFI instrument
Jan
19
reviewed Close what are the brains limits of human trauma
Jan
19
reviewed Leave Open Would a teacher benefit from reading psychology journals?
Jan
19
awarded  Revival
Jan
19
answered Does the structure of consciousness mimic that of the visual process?
Jan
19
answered Neural Microfilaments for Computation?
Jan
18
comment Have IQ-type measures been tried for other animals?
"Many types of animals are less generalized thinking machines." what does that mean?
Jan
18
awarded  Yearling
Jan
18
answered Have IQ-type measures been tried for other animals?
Jan
17
comment What is the current state of knowledge on the roles and mechanisms of top-down information flow in the brain?
Why is this question tagged with reproducible-research? It has nothing to do with that tag.
Jan
16
comment Definitions of consciousness
@Klik please don't talk about quantum mechanics and consciousness or free will, especially if you don't have a deep grapsp of both (I know I don't, although I have a research level grasp of quantum mechanics). If you are interested in this seriously, then I recommend looking at Scott Aaronson's essay since he is one of the few people qualified enough in quantum info and yet careful on the philosophical aspects of the question.
Jan
16
comment Definitions of consciousness
@Klik that question has been asked and answered here already. In my opinion that question (as with most questions on consciousness) presupposes the naive idea of a Cartesian ego.