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Jun 30 20 tweets 4 min read
Why is it that we have no memories of our infanthood? My explanation is that our infant brains were in a rapid transformational process of developing our own neural language of reality. The changes are so radical that any earlier memory is expressed in a language we cannot understand anymore.
Jun 29 13 tweets 3 min read
Classic education used to involve the study of ancient Greek philosophers. But not all of them, just the cherry-picked ones that confirmed a worldview. Specifically, the thinking of Zeno of Eleo. One where his paradoxes become relevant.… Authoritarian civilizations, such as the monarchies of Europe, sought the fiction of the eternal status quo. That what you are born into is the natural order of things. Thus creating the hypnosis that the natural order cannot be changed.
Jun 29 22 tweets 5 min read
I want to explore now the idea of Conceptual Blending, Dall-E, and language. Conceptual blending is a theory of cognition where concepts and their relationships from a diversity of contexts are "blended" by our subconscious process,… Fauconnier and Turner propose mental spaces as small conceptual containers that structure all processes of human reasoning and communication.
Jun 28 15 tweets 3 min read
I'm trying to get a handle on verb-centric languages and coming to perhaps key observations. Language is a cultural phenomenon where sentences and words are learned through usage. Many languages conflate ideas into a single word, so someone unfamiliar with the word cannot derive new information by the symbolic information alone.
Jun 28 13 tweets 4 min read
It's instructive to analyze Yann LeCun's proposal for artificial autonomous intelligence (he dislikes the AGI neologism). Is "autonomy" a better term than "general"? It's a proposal, so there are key modules that still need to be elaborated. But let's examine the parts that have detail. Key in his neural architecture is a move towards covariance. Which I remarked on before I saw his proposal.
Jun 28 7 tweets 2 min read
I'm looking at this image and it's clear to me that it doesn't have a self model. I don't know how it can be autonomous absent a self. Hinton's GLOM proposal seems closer to biological brains than LeCun's AMI proposal. The interesting tidbit about LeCun's model is the shunning of contrastive learning which Hinton believes in.
Jun 27 7 tweets 2 min read
Lao has an interesting grammar that allows for verbs to be composed together. I am always intrigued as to what it means to have a language that is verb centric.… Verb centric is different.…
Jun 27 4 tweets 1 min read
I've always wondered how it might seem if one would speak in a language where the verb was in a different location than the subject verb object ordering. Then to my surprise, the language I already know how to speak (i.e. Tagalog) has verbs coming first! That is verb object subject or verb subject object. The human mind just gets used to conventions, as Von Neuman has said:
Jun 27 20 tweets 5 min read
Empathy is one of the strangest kinds of human cognition because so little is written about it. It's equally odd that even the word "empathy" is an early 20th-century invention. Actually, "empathy" is a 20th-century discovery by the Western world. Almost every European language does not have a word that is distinct from the original derivation. But this is not true for other languages.
Jun 27 20 tweets 4 min read
It is a common observation in split-brain patients that the left hemisphere (the linguistic mind) conjures up explanations that deviate from reality. The right hemisphere (the empathic mind) is the regulator of the mind's grounding with reality. Other observed flaws of the linguistic mind are a propensity to believe their own explanations, an inability to accept contradicting information, and a propensity for hypnosis. The zombie in modern civilization is surprisingly the linguistic mind.
Jun 26 4 tweets 1 min read
Anti-abortionists, gun culture, white supremacy, male toxicity and Russian imperialism are all cut from the same cloth. It's that one group is superior because they can use violence to demonstrate their superiority. They should all just f**k off and let everyone live in peace. Now for the other useful idiots that support their depraved agenda because they're bored to death, don't infect our lives with your miserable existence. Just because life ain't great for you doesn't mean you pull people down.
Jun 26 4 tweets 1 min read
I just realized how much of a double standard we have in science with regards to AGI research. AGI research is frowned upon because nobody knows how many discoveries are needed to eventually arrive at AGI or human complete intelligence. But how different is that from neuroscience? Nobody knows how many technologies and experiments we may need to eventually arrive at understanding the biological brain. How is neuroscience any different from AGI?
Jun 26 8 tweets 2 min read
Deep Learning (DL) networks are models of emergent behavior. Perhaps the only other models that exhibit emergence come from physics under renormalization. Without a doubt, there's a dearth of good models. Thus, I've got no issue with using DL as a model for biological systems. Science will always be limited by available technology. Mathematics is technology just as algorithms are technology. They are used to create repeatable and reproducible models.
Jun 25 9 tweets 2 min read
Just as we've destroyed cities by designing them around cars, we will destroy our world by designing them around computers. Too many are blissfully unaware that conveniences afforded by computers are stripping ourselves of our humanity. Computers abstract away too much. It's like our dependence on technologies like GPS.
As we outsource our cognition we lose something that it means to be human. We lose our sense of place and direction. With each new convenience, we incrementally give away a piece of our humanity.
Jun 25 5 tweets 2 min read
My skills are getting better at nudging #dalle2. Before and after: It helps to have a good vocabulary. Expressions of pose, shot angle, camera lens type, atmospheric effects, body shape, lighting, style of render, etc. It's fascinating how much you can blend together. Artists with a rich art vocabulary will be good at this.
Jun 25 5 tweets 2 min read
These states were hit hard by the pandemic, and now they are going to get an exodus of healthcare workers. Nobody wants to go to jail for safeguarding their patient.… It's not speculation. Here's the statement from AMA.
Jun 25 4 tweets 2 min read
This is a good framework of essential conditions that explain the agency of living things. If you can't understand this paper, then it's likely you won't be able to understand sentience or even consciousness. Regarding consciousness, @anilseth has an interest set to characterize human-level consciousness. It'll be interesting to compare these two sets.
Jun 24 7 tweets 2 min read
It's surprising to me that our conventional mental models have difficulty explaining determinism, chance, free will, and causation. I guess nobody bothered to learn from C.S. Peirce. Perhaps the truth is that people enjoy conjuring a paradox when there is in fact none.
Jun 24 22 tweets 5 min read
Is it enough to recognize that consciousness as an illusion, a controlled hallucination, or an adaptive fiction? Is this simply a restatement that all models are wrong but some are useful? That the map is not the territory? Consciousness is an illusory model of the self and its conversations. But models come in at least two varieties, the subjective first-person kind and the objective third-person kind. Thus we have a patchwork of un-unified models.
Jun 23 10 tweets 3 min read
The fact that our eyes have optical blindspots should tell you that one of the functions of consciousness is to render an illusion of continuity. Now if it's already creating this illusion, what is preventing our consciousness from rendering an illusion for everything we can sense?
Jun 23 4 tweets 1 min read
Deep Learning is a highly technical endeavor that requires a ton of tinkering at different levels of a massive technological stack. But as the technology matures, it'll usher in a lot of more right-brain holistic thinkers. That's why you'll notice that many novel ideas come from women. I suspect that women have a deep and more holistic grasp of human cognition than men. Men likely gravitate towards a reductionist mechanistic formulation.