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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.


Apr
7
comment Biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition
And I think you are ignorant of biology < cs.mcgill.ca/~akazna > I am sure we will both learn to live with our ignorance some day :P
Apr
7
comment Biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition
Further, I am not doubting your credentials as a scientist, I am doubting your answer. I mean nothing personal in my comments, I really hope to have you involved and active on the site. I will be more than happy to remove my downvote if you explain in your post how you answer the question and why the last paragraph is justifiable.
Apr
7
comment Biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition
My downvote is because of two reasons (1) it is not clear how the post answers the question, (2) the last paragraph is misleading. You can think of evolution however you like, but there is no reason to believe in it having fixed points, let alone bayesian inference having to do anything with them. Sure we can make models where such a fixed point exist, but we can also make selection models without fixed points, or ones where Bayesian inference will not be optimal. So if we want our models to be meaningful, we still have to defer to biologist, who in my experience would be pretty skeptical.
Apr
6
comment Biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition
Further, it is not clear how this answers the question about biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition... instead of being just a general comment on Bayesianism and maybe evolution.
Apr
6
comment Biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition
Please cite comments like comparisons of humans to crabs or dolphins in terms of Bayesianism. Both of those do basic Bayesian inference for certain tasks. Dominated what? Most of the biomass on Earth is bacteria and plants. Your last paragraph is completely misguided. I cannot think of a single time when a serious biologist has talked about a 'fixed-point' in Darwinian evolution (apart from simple mathematical models). Assuming there is a fixed point, and 'striving towards it', and other forms of teleology are specifically what biologist try to avoid since it is unscientific and unfounded.
Apr
6
comment Why can a user seamlessly switch from one language input to another on the same keyboard?
@Benny If the keyboard thing is just an example and there is a more specific and formal underlying question that you are curious about, then I definitely think you should edit to ask the more specific question and then give the keyboard thing as an example. I think a more specific question will have a higher chance of being answered, and will also show us your motivation for the question and the initial thoughts you have had. Here are my personal guidelines on good questions (note that my views do not necessarily reflect the whole community).
Apr
6
comment Why can a user seamlessly switch from one language input to another on the same keyboard?
I voted to close as NARQ because I feel like it shows no initial research, is extremely broad, and seems to me to be rather vague. I would love to see a more focused and clearly stated version of this question, but I do not have enough background to make suggested edits (although a good build up question might be: "How do humans internalize keyboard layout to type without looking?" or something along those lines). As the question is, I cannot see it being answered by something other than a book-long treatment or a vague comment like @Memming's.
Apr
5
comment Effect of words highlighting on reading comprehension
@xralf thank you for improving the question! +1 now. How is you having started learning Chinese relevant? Does your reference material for learning Chinese color different characters differently?
Apr
4
comment Biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition
Further, I would love to see your comment about the computational difficulty of bayesian inference expanded into an answer for this question if you have the time and energy.
Apr
4
comment How much information on the “Identical Strangers” experiment was actually released?
Ephraim, I do encourage you to return to cogsci, and ask focused and researched questions as you read more about and reflect on the nature-versus-nurture debate and developmental psychology in general.
Apr
4
comment Biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition
Welcome to cogsci.SE! This is a great answer! Minor comment: could you edit in a reference section at the end to make finding the articles you cite a little bit easier? Thank you!
Apr
4
comment Effect of words highlighting on reading comprehension
I've heard of syntax highlighting for IDEs, that seems to help a lot for programmers (at least for me), I would not be surprised if similar things would help for general reading.
Apr
3
comment Biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition
I edited your question title (and moved the original title to the body), hopefully this captures the spirit of what you were asking, if not feel free to rollback my edit. Also, you might be interested in this comment/answer
Apr
3
comment What are some of the drawbacks to probabilistic models of cognition?
I agree that this is more a comment than an answer, but it could be closer to an answer on this question. Also, your last paragraph is incredibly true, and I wish more researchers were conscious of this :D.
Apr
2
comment Does individual work performance follow a Paretian distribution?
But wouldn't the person answering be doing work equivalent in difficulty to that done by O'Boyle and Aguinis in a published paper?
Apr
2
comment Does individual work performance follow a Paretian distribution?
It might be field specific (and I only have experience in my own field), but I find people are often cautious to question a paper's validity in a public forum, especially when it is the central finding and now some specific highly technical point. I still like the focused and technical nature of the question and your presentation, so I upvoted it.
Apr
2
comment Does individual work performance follow a Paretian distribution?
Good question, but I am worried that you are asking "is this paper correct?"
Mar
30
comment Where do our memories get stored and how are they retrieved again?
This answer doesn't really talk about structure, it only mentions a very local update rule but not how the distribution of neurons and connection strengths created by following this rule encodes something.
Mar
30
comment Where do our memories get stored and how are they retrieved again?
this is an extremely broad question. Please try to narrow it down to one that we would have a chance of answering. Also, please show what you already know about the question. Take a look at existing questions
Mar
29
comment How to analyze reaction times and accuracy together?
You might also want to take a look at this question for inspiration.