Draft Manifesto for Integrative Design-oriented Cognitive Science and AI

This post briefly describes an approach to studying minds and designing artificial ones; the need to name this approach; the term integrative design-oriented as the name for the approach; and the need for a manifesto regarding the approach. In the main, it points to a draft manifesto. The post needs to be reorganized.

For many years I was dissatisfied with the name I used to refer to a certain approach to human mind (cognitive science and AI). How we name scientific concepts is actually quite important. In Cognitive Productivity: Using Knowledge to Become Profoundly Effective, I referred to the approach as “broad cognitive science”.[1] I used the term “broad” to convey an attempt to understand a wide spectrum of capabilities that are often treated in isolation from each other under the banners of “cognition”, “affect” (“emotion” / “attitudes”, “moods”), “motivation”, “volition”, “executive functions”, etc. The approach means not to study these functions in isolation from each other, but as interacting and often blended mechanisms. By “cognitive science” I also meant an expansive approach to understanding human mind — one that is truly interdisciplinary and computational.

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What is Not Black and White is Not Necessarily Shades of Grey Either: Watch out for Discontinuities

This evening, I will give a brief talk to a humanist group on discontinuities. “Discontinuities” is the title of my upcoming book, and the title of one of its chapters. The talk will be followed by a discussion.

ROUGH notes here: Notes About Continuity and Discontinuities – CogZest.

Person/ne Exhibition at Griffin Art Projects: Lam Wong Artist in Residence

This week-end (Saturday 2019-08-31 and Sunday 2019-09-01; 12-5pm) is the last opportunity to attend the Person/ne exhibition at Griffin Art Projects in North Vancouver, where Lam Wong is currently artist in residence. I found this exhibition of multiple artists works to be very thought-provoking.

 

http://griffinartprojects.ca/exhibitions/2019/personne/

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We Will Present Three Research Posters at the World Sleep Congress in Vancouver, September 2019

Recently, I’ve been blogging mostly about my cognitive productivity R&D and Discontinuities: Love, Art, Mind. However, I’m also actively doing R&D on sleep onset, insomnolence and perturbance (“emotion”). My colleagues and I will present three posters at the World Sleep Congress which will be held in Vancouver in September. Continue reading We Will Present Three Research Posters at the World Sleep Congress in Vancouver, September 2019

Track Your Knowledge Work Quickly and Precisely with Timing App and Hook

A few years ago, I published the mySelfQuantifier time tracking system. This system is distinctive in that it is based on cognitive science. It involves a free spreadsheet and documentation. It is meant to be used in combination with time tracking software like Daniel Alm’s Timing app.

Now that we at CogSci Apps have published the Hook productivity app for macOS, it is possible for you to quickly reference and access specific documents on which you’ve been working.

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Brief Response to Massimo Pigliucci’s Question about Over-ascription of “Consciousness”

Massimo Pigliucci asked on Twitter: “Without wanting to offend, or to “troll” my own feed, as someone suggested, I am genuinely puzzled by so many people wanting to see consciousness and/or intelligence everywhere: plants, bacteria, rocks, electrons, the universe as a whole. Why?” / Twitter

My tweets often end up being mini blog posts, so I thought I’d answer here instead. But only briefly. This is not a complete answer — just a few thoughts.

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Hook Mac App Hit “Golden Master”—About Hook’s Past, Present and Future

Earlier this month, the latest CogSci Apps invention, Hook productivity app for macOS, exited “public beta” and became an official release. It is now at version 1.1.1. You can read the announcement on the Hook productivity blog.

The response to Hook has been quite favorable. Early adopters recognize it as a very original and useful Mac app which has a simple but powerful user interface. For example, Cult of Mac wrote: Continue reading Hook Mac App Hit “Golden Master”—About Hook’s Past, Present and Future

Francophone Sleep Lovers! Don’t Sleep in on Saturday: Tune into Radio-Canada Interview About Sleep

CBC Radio host, Mireille Langlois, will interview me and a clinical psychologist live on Radio-Canada (CBC Radio French) about the quality of sleep. We will focus particularly on seasonal (summer) challenges and issues.

The interview will be broadcast live throughout Western Canada on Saturday morning at 8:25 AM Pacific. But if you do sleep in, you can catch a podcast of the interview later or listen from Radio-Canada’s website.

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Drawing Diagrams in the Head and with Technology: Benefits, Cognitive Mechanisms, Artificial Intelligence, Apps, and Sleep Onset Dreaming

When they think about note-taking, most people think about textual notes. But it’s also often important to take graphical notes. It’s tricky to develop cognitively productive workflows for note-taking in general, and graphical note taking in particular. An example of the latter point is the following topic on the Mac Power Users forum:
Adding diagrams to Zettelkastens: (Luhmann) Note-taking App that can form a Quick Access Knowledge Base.

This blog post sheds some light on the importance of diagramming from a cognitive science perspective. It discusses problems in understanding mental representations underlying the interpretation and production of diagrams. It explains why people don’t take as many graphical notes as they should, and what they can do about it. And then it goes (or you go) to sleep.

That’s a lot of ground to cover in a brief blog post. However, the post contains links to some extremely interesting articles. If you read the source materials, I’m sure you will find they stretch your imagination.
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