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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.