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(a.k.a. jonsca here)

Sir Charles Scott Sherrington is one of my science heroes, so I'm featuring him on my cogsci profile. He is often credited with coining the word "synapse."


Jul
22
comment How do laypeople form a judgement that another person is smart or intelligent?
The second part of this question makes it off-topic. The first part is marginally on-topic, but as you've figured out for yourself, these definitions are highly subjective. I'd recommend reformulating a question around that.
Jul
22
reviewed Edit suggested edit on Is there really a Shiny Object Syndrome?
Jul
22
revised Is there really a Shiny Object Syndrome?
Removed extra words for easier reading and fixed spelling mistake.
Jul
20
comment Why do scientists say brains are faster than computers?
Sorry to be "Johnny Comment" here, but this related Bio.SE question has some good information: biology.stackexchange.com/questions/19767/…
Jul
20
revised Why do scientists say brains are faster than computers?
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Jul
20
comment Why do scientists say brains are faster than computers?
Incidentally, while I seem like an old curmudgeon, what I'm really saying is learning more about the neuron itself will be a better step for your own edification than getting hung up on the analogies. Also, take a look at the enteric nervous system. It's got almost as many neurons as the brain does, but there's a key component missing and that's the number of synapses present. It's be quite a CPU as well, but it's main function is to propel food through the gut.
Jul
19
comment Why do scientists say brains are faster than computers?
@KugBuBu This blog post covers it pretty well: scienceblogs.com/developingintelligence/2007/03/27/… The (biological) neuron is a lot more complicated than you think.
Jul
18
comment Why do scientists say brains are faster than computers?
The brain is not a computer, and neurons are not similar to transistors.
Jul
16
comment Psychology of brand names
This is particularly prevalent in the pharmaceutical industry, I'll see if I can dig up the reference.
Jul
12
comment What form might Jungian archetypes take in the brain?
Thanks for lending your expertise to the question. My original intention was merely to tie his work into neuroanatomical substrates, but you are correct that my interpretation of them was at least a bit incorrect. I don't remember where I read the information that led me to the second statement, as this was asked a long time ago already.
Jul
12
awarded  Revival
Jul
12
comment How to read a neuron tuning curve graph?
@blz I have turned the comments into an answer. It may not be exactly what the OP is looking for, since he wants to compose his own answer. I wouldn't worry to much about the percent of unanswered questions, to be honest. It's much better to have a steady population of users contributing good content than to have all of the questions answered. This is science after all, we don't have all the answers!
Jul
12
answered How to read a neuron tuning curve graph?
Jul
10
revised What hardware setup is commonly used for low-latency audio stimulation?
edited title
Jul
10
comment OCD Motivation and Dopamine Motivation, is there a connection?
@jona I feel the same way, but I think that there's enough of a basis for further study if the OP wants to pursue it at a research level. I think it certainly addresses the question well. I would love it (could be a bounty in it for ya!) if you would elaborate on the current work in the field.
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
20
comment What do brains do when processing information, that Von Neumann machines cannot (yet?) imitate?
@blz I took the liberty of tossing in the references but feel free to reformat as you see fit.
Jun
20
revised What do brains do when processing information, that Von Neumann machines cannot (yet?) imitate?
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Jun
20
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is it possible to detect the mental flow state with EEG?
Jun
20
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Assuming everything has conciousness, can technical hardware have higher level of conciousness than a rock?