Recently Guillaume Pourcel — a European Cognitive Science Ph.D. student — who at CogSci Apps Corp. last year worked with me and Alice Dauphin on a set of very fundamental theoretical problems  — emailed me saying
I’m quite sure I spotted you in a video at SFU (recognize your voice and your ideas!): https://youtu.be/GGuBz63snLU?t=2733 (45:35). It’s a nice talk on the integration of connectionists and symbolic ideas w/ virtual machines, something I’m quite interested and my PhD advisor did some really nice work on in this area.
Continue reading Layering in the Mind-brain and Why It Matters: An Exchange Between Paul Smolensky and Myself
Last summer, I gave a guest lecture in Dr. Angelica Lim’s course on Affective Computing at the Department of Computer Science of Simon Fraser University. I said I’d publish the presentation on YouTube, so here it finally is:
Continue reading Reverse Engineering the Human Mind as a Way to Better Understand Ourselves and Each Other
Well over a decade ago, age (experience) yielded a dividend of wisdom: the resolve to develop courage. I created the montage above, comprised of pictures of my heroes, Winston Churchill, Jacques Brel and Pierre Elliot Trudeau, which I hung prominently in my office. They were emblems of cognitive zest and courage. They were brilliant, perspicuous, hard working men who facing trials did not flinch. I devoured biographies of Winston Churchill. I re-read Trudeau’s auto-biography and some other books about him. I also read books about Brel and got the DVD collection of his videos. I even started “The zest of Brel” project, exchanging emails with Arnie Johnston who holds the right to translate Brel into English (and I drafted ACT in Three Acts). I re-acquired a beautifully bound copy of the play Cyrano de Bergerac. I memorized La tirade du Non Merci :
Continue reading Courage, Heroes and Culture
If you’ve read my Cognitive Productivity books, then you know one of my most important hypotheses about knowledge workers: Continue reading The Problem with Graduating from University
Have you ever been unable to put a worry or desire out of your mind? Of course you have — it’s a sign you are not a simple automaton!
Continue reading Attention! Have you lost it?
Some students and professors are heading “back to school”. With Covid, learning with technology has become more important than ever. So today, Smile published an original article of mine: Technology-Enhanced Learning: 6 Ways to Master New Info. Here, I summarize and extend that article.
Continue reading Seven Tips and Some Great Apps for Mastering Knowledge: Technology-enhanced learning
updated 2021-03-22: I’ve finally added the video for this talk, above.
Here are some notes about a guest lecture I will give in Dr. Angelica Lim’s course on Affective Computing (Dpt of Computer Science) at SFU on 2020-07-16. (Twitter handle)
I aim to inspire students about the importance, enjoyability and challenges of trying to understand entire minds of autonomous agents, using an integrative design-oriented approach. I will present several interesting problems and functions that call for such an understanding, and focus mainly on mental perturbance.
Continue reading An integrative design-oriented research approach to autonomous agents
Last month, Professor Aaron Sloman was awarded the 2020 K. Jon Barwise Prize which recognizes “significant and sustained contributions to areas relevant to philosophy and computing by an APA member. The prize will serve to credit those within our profession for their life long efforts in this field.”
Continue reading Homage to Aaron Sloman, Winner of the 2020 APA K. Jon Barwise Prize