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Weekly QuEST Discussion Topics and News, 8 Aug

The first topic this week is to allow our colleague Sandy V to provide us an after action report on her presentation / interactions at the Computational Models of Narratives conference – recall her paper:

Abstract for ‘Narratives as a Fundamental Component of Consciousness’

In this paper, we propose a conceptual architecture that models human (spatially-temporally-modally) cohesive narrative development using a computer representation of quale properties. Qualia are proposed to be the fundamental cognitive components humans use to generate cohesive narratives. The engineering approach is based on cognitively inspired technologies and incorporates the novel concept of quale representation for computation of primitive cognitive components of narrative. The ultimate objective of this research is to develop an architecture that emulates the human ability to generate cohesive narratives with incomplete or perturbated information.

The next topic is a couple of articles provided to us by our colleague Robert P. – specifically last week we reviewed the ‘mind’s best trick’ article – we were running out of time before we could have an in depth discussion on the implications to our QuEST framework – do we want deliberations with the aspects of our representation that we are conscious of to be the cause of actions or is this just an illusion – we want to have a discussion on the implications of these alternatives on our QuEST implementations

The mind’s best trick:
how we experience conscious will
Daniel M. Wegner

• We often consciously will our own actions. This experience is so profound that it tempts us to believe that our actions are caused by consciousness.
• It could also be a trick, however – the mind’s way of estimating its own apparent authorship by drawing causal inferences about relationships between thoughts and actions.
• Cognitive, social, and neuropsychological studies of apparent mental causation suggest that experiences of conscious will frequently depart from actual causal processes and so might not reflect direct perceptions of conscious thought causing action.

Before we go to the second article – the discussion above is related to another topic that came up this week while working with our colleagues Bob Mills / John R. / Dean W. – specifically we were discussing cybernetics (interactions feedback and intelligence) and that reminded us of a think piece we had written ‘Beyond the OODA nonsense’. We will revisit the issues we attempted to address in that article from the perspectives of the discussion above on conscious will causing action.

Then the second article sent to us by Robert P

Johansson, P., Hall, L., Sikström, S., & Olsson, A. (2005). Failure to detect
mismatches between intention and outcome in a simple decision task.
Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5745), 116–9. doi:10.1126/science.1111709

• A fundamental assumption of theories of decision-making is that we detect mismatches between intention and outcome, adjust our behavior in the face of error, and adapt to changing circumstances. Is this always the case? We investigated the relation between intention, choice, and introspection. Participants made choices between presented face pairs on the basis of attractiveness, while we covertly manipulated the relationship between choice and outcome that they experienced. Participants failed to notice conspicuous mismatches between their intended choice and the outcome they were presented with, while nevertheless offering introspectively derived reasons for why they chose the way they did. We call this effect choice blindness.



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