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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
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.
Jan
16
comment Definitions of consciousness
I think this question might be of interest you.
Jan
15
comment What's the percentage of people that are mental calculator prodigies?
Your first link contradicts the assertion in your first sentence that "someone can become a mental calculator via high IQ" (and thus makes the last two paragraphs, that are already complete speculation totally irrelevant). Your second sentence is contradicted by that link as well, where it is written: "Outstanding calculating ability can occur in people with very low, with average, or with very high IQ." Finally, your 2nd paragraph only provides a very loose upper bound, since there is nothing to suggest that a large fraction of savants are mental calculator prodigies.
Jan
15
comment Does the effect of naturalistic exposure on second language acquisition vary with age?
This does not answer the question. The question is "does immersion help make significant progress even for people past their critical acquisition period" or "can a person past their critical age still acquire language fluency quickly if immersed"
Jan
15
comment Can creativity be taught?
Take a look at this question for a related discussion on critical thinking.
Jan
14
comment How would a sociopath experience being abused or raped?
I appreciate your enthusiasm for the site, but we are trying to keep this site scientific, not opinion-based. Can you please refrain from firing off quick answers to questions you don't have expertise on or supporting scientific evidence for? The new link you added is just some person's opinion, it even says: "I would imagine that there would be a certain indignant detachment for the female sociopath that an empath wouldn't feel." (emphasis mine) and then goes on to discuss a fictional work.
Jan
14
comment How would a sociopath experience being abused or raped?
What is your answered based on? Hunches? You provide no sources, and the two wikipedia links you give don't state what you are saying (although they also don't state the opposite, they simply don't address the topic). You have been giving a lot of answers like this all over the site...
Jan
13
comment Name needed for psychological practice which uses objects that represent humans [dolls/pictures/etc.] during patient treatment
Could you please edit your title to be more reflective of the body of your question? "Psychological practice" is an extremely vague title, while the body of your post is solid.
Jan
13
comment Neural Microfilaments for Computation?
@JoshF if you want a discussion of your "free-will" question from someone who is a leading research in quantum computing/information and has thought carefully about philosophy then take a look at Scott Aaronson's essay.
Jan
13
comment Neural Microfilaments for Computation?
I've answered this question before on biology.SE, take a look. If I have some time, I will adapt that answer to supplement Keegan's.
Jan
10
comment Mulitiple partners: macho man vs. easy woman?
@caseyr547 you are assuming a lot about what Nick and Keegan meant, just because a social answer can be given (as my comment and your answer demonstrate), doesn't mean that biological considerations are completely irrelevant or uninteresting. Of course, for a clear-headed discussion of the biology without all the social-norms baggage, it is better to go to the biology stackexchange and ask about variability in non-human mating strategies; fun example would be to contrast the classic Chimp to Bonobo to Gorrilla to Orangutans.
Jan
10
comment Mulitiple partners: macho man vs. easy woman?
Before you take people's answers, make sure to read the article on examples of polyandry (settings where it is not socially atypical for one woman to have many husbands) so that the social and not-cross-cultural nature of your observation is clear.
Jan
9
comment How does cognitive science explain the origins of intuition and intelligence, that accurately describes the laws of nature?
Please don't link to university press releases as sources, but to the original papers. Especially for controversial claims since the press release people tend to misrepresent results.
Jan
9
comment How does cognitive science explain the origins of intuition and intelligence, that accurately describes the laws of nature?
Please read tag wikis, theory-of-the-mind is about how we come to believe hat others have minds and has nothing to do with this question.
Jan
4
comment How can machine possibly possess consciousness if computation is a human idea?
@what philosophy-of-mind is perfectly on topic here, in any form. The cognitive sciences have many approaches and the philosophical approach might not be the most popular one right now, but if undertaken seriously it is of interest. As for computational definitions of consciousness in neuroscience, we already have a good question about that.
Jan
4
comment How can machine possibly possess consciousness if computation is a human idea?
This question might be of interest for a more nuanced definition of consciousness.
Dec
30
comment Is there a psychological basis for getting hiccups?
This question appears to be off-topic and better suited for biology.SE and lacks initial research like consulting wikipedia.
Dec
30
comment Can a biological entity be thought as a simple algorithm? Case-study with the concept of randomness
Although I agree with your comment on randomness vs. non-randomness in the context of biology, keep in mind that in general your comment is rather controversial. In fact, a lot of people working on foundations of quantum mechanics would disagree, as would many philosophers.