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QUEST Discussion Topics and News, Dec 9

Quest Topics Dec 9
Below are the topics that consumed my bandwidth this week – a couple of really interesting news stories again people might want to talk about (Story #1: Cognitive illusions are the main theme of a book review in the NY Times. A cognitive illusion is a false belief that we intuitively accept as true. The illusion of validity is a false belief in the reliability of our own judgment…Story #2:a newly revealed security research project called PRODIGAL — the Proactive Discovery of Insider Threats Using Graph Analysis and Learning — which has been built to scan IMs, texts and emails . . . and can read approximately a quarter billion of them a day– PRODIGAL scans those records for behavior — emails to unusual recipients, certain words cropping up, files transferred from unexpected servers — that changes over time as an employee “goes rogue.”)
1.) Topic one this time of year is still to pull together our overview quest talk – we had a spirited discussion last week and I would like to continue that. So we will start with the current outline of the overview talk and work our way down to some of the details people think should be included.
2.) Topic two is tied to topic one – the idea that the sys2 representation embodies – ‘situated conceptualization’ and includes the idea of a ‘pattern completion inference mechanism’. The article I’m using is ‘Simulation, situated conceptualization, and prediction’, Lawrence W. Barsalou* Department of Psychology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B (2009) 364, 1281–1289 doi:10.1098/rstb.2008.03. Along these lines I also was investigating the Stanford SCAPE system that does completion inferencing for point cloud information for body types and activities even for types not in the data base. This stimulated a great interaction with our RH Colleagues on pattern completion and inferencing. One main point of departure from the publication is our position that the ‘simulation’ is not just for when the stimuli is not present but is the mechanism for generating the illusory cartesean theater for perception (also for imagination and recollection).

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