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Reverse-engineering the infant mind | KurzweilAI - 0 views

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    A new study by MIT shows that babies can perform sophisticated analyses of how the physical world should behave.

    The scientists developed a computational model of infant cognition that accurately predicts infants' surprise at events that violate their conception of the physical world.

    The model, which simulates a type of intelligence known as pure reasoning, calculates the probability of a particular event, given what it knows about how objects behave.

    The close correlation between the model's predictions and the infants' actual responses to such events suggests that infants reason in a similar way, says Josh Tenenbaum, associate professor of cognitive science and computation at MIT.
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What the science of human nature can teach us : The New Yorker - 4 views

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    How the new sciences of human nature can help make sense of a life.
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Mind gym: Putting meditation to the test - life - 11 January 2011 - New Scientist - 0 views

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    Mystics will tell you that meditation transforms the mind and soothes the soul. But what does science have to say?

Walid Damouny

Psychopaths' brains wired to seek rewards, no matter the consequences - 0 views

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    "The brains of psychopaths appear to be wired to keep seeking a reward at any cost, new research from Vanderbilt University finds. The research uncovers the role of the brain's reward system in psychopathy and opens a new area of study for understanding what drives these individuals."
Walid Damouny

Scientists find first physiological evidence of brain's response to inequality - 1 views

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    "The human brain is a big believer in equality -- and a team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, has become the first to gather the images to prove it."
Walid Damouny

Free will is an illusion, biologist says - 2 views

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    "When biologist Anthony Cashmore claims that the concept of free will is an illusion, he's not breaking any new ground. At least as far back as the ancient Greeks, people have wondered how humans seem to have the ability to make their own personal decisions in a manner lacking any causal component other than their desire to "will" something. But Cashmore, Professor of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, says that many biologists today still cling to the idea of free will, and reject the idea that we are simply conscious machines, completely controlled by a combination of our chemistry and external environmental forces."
Walid Damouny

Stanford's Hank Greely puts neuroscience on trial - 0 views

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    "A lawyer is trying to convince a jury that his client really is crazy. It's usually a tough argument to sell in a court of law. But what if the lawyer has a picture of his client's brain that shows there's something biologically wrong with it? Can that evidence help persuade a jury? Should it even be allowed as evidence?"
Walid Damouny

You Know More than You Think: Scientific American - 0 views

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    How to tap the wisdom of the crowd in your head
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