I never thought I would see the day
When books looked superfluous.
I saw, the day before yesterday,
I leapt about, from Japan, to Here, to
Like it was nothing.
And I got deep
What they were thinking and doing
What they wanted and thought
I might like.
This is what a book
Was supposed to be.
But this was much better.
I made up the plot,
On the surface this is a good article, but it is by someone who is not a scientist in the subject. A few errors: Those tests mentioned are out of an area about 150 years old called " cognitive testing" where the objective is to measure the speed of providing a right answer, not so much a right answer.
Fundamentally cognitive testing can measure how quickly you can come to master a science, for example, simply because you can quickly know certain facts and quickly do certain computations.
They do predict success in what they actually claim to measure. They…
Natural Language Processing has improved tremendously in just the last few years. They can tell and write stories, converse, answer questions, and even ask them, in many languages just like we humans can.
Such systems are trained on huge amounts of factual data. For example, all, or almost all, are trained on the text in any number of languages off Wikipedia. But there a many other sources of factual data that are employed as well.
Now, suppose a bad guy decided he wanted to build a natural language processor that lied. Worse, he wanted to build one that lied but…
Porter’s method is based on a simple observation about liars — they don’t like to get into specifics because they know they are more likely to get caught out if they do. True tellers, on the other hand, are happy to get into the nitty gritty with you. You can leverage this truth to your advantage with the new technique, which goes by the fancy name of asymmetric information management (AIM).
Unfortunately, this analysis is not correct. The problem is in concepts like "specifics" and "detail." The human brain is lousy with certain kinds of specifics and detail, and very good with others.
In the case of Musk's question about a hard problem you solved and how you solved it, he is asking about a kind of detail that people will remember in correct detail. It can be validated by others who know, correctly, what parts of the detail to ignore and what parts not to ignore.
In the case of "telling all" to law enforcement, they have the liberty of…
Disasters bring out truth as they happen, and lies later. There is a scientific reason for that.
Washington National Airport, I landed on a short flight from Pittsburgh, PA, at 8:40AM 9/11/2001. Next day I had a class to teach to Masters students at CMU in Computer Security. This had to be a day trip despite the cost.
I was there to give a keynote address on cybersecurity at 10 AM, at the JW Marriott next to the White House.
8:46AM Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
…rengthens your ability to imagine alternative paths, remember details, picture detailed scenes, and think through complex problems. In short, reading makes you not just more knowledgeable, but also functionally smarter. Which is why the only thing that everyone you admire can agree on is that you should read more.
As a computational cognitive neuroscientist who studies reading, we should emphasize that we do not have a clue about how the brain is rewired in reading *more* or even if it is. fMRI studies have been very useful in giving us hints, and much of what Jessica says is true and not a lie. Some fallacies are in this section like "think through complex problems" (no evidence it is reading), "not just more knowledgeable" -- we don't even know how to define that, and "functionally smarter" is essentially made up. We just don't know.
Content is amazingly centralized in different…
But to truly get a grip on the age-related decline that occurs throughout our bodies, we have to untangle the many complex processes that underlie aging.
Gunnar De Winter
The most readable comprehensive approach to aging treats aging as a disease onto itself. WHO has recently recognized this disease. Sadly, not the US FDA or NIH. In this approach there are 8 systems of aging. It is not clear, for instance, that everything in the body ages. Aging does appear to be reversible. For those interested in a complete story based on science David Sinclair from Harvard has written this...
That said, strenuous exercise is one of the most potent factors in retarding aging. There is a ranking.
There are also numerous other Medium aging articles summarizing Sinclair…
The book “The Spike” by Mark Humphries is an easy and great read.
Having been working on how the human neocortical brain computes since my first college experiences on the problem in 1969, I think everyone should read or audible this book.
It is a short, comprehensive, and correct book. It gives anyone an inkling into what one approach to computational cognitive neuroscience has learned.
Mark has spiked the ball with The Spike.
The Science of Lies, Mendaciology, is a computational cognitive neuroscience. “Neuroscience” means your brain. “Cognitive” means the parts of your brain where perceptions are merged and complex actions conjured up. “Computational” means, yes, some of us scientists intend to put better chatty bots into action in your everyday life.
Just like we did with the dumb and frustrating chatbots you already chat with everyday.
You can’t stop engineering knowledge, and our AI chatbots are getting better by the day.
Unfortunately, engineers often build things that are deceptively evil. We scientists have a responsibility to try to inform people of engineering…
Here is my review. I also think Jeff's book is worth reading, but it has a number of fundamental flaws based on his lack of appreciation of some of the science.