The Great Guide to the Boozes

By J.C. Calhoun?
boozieydoozyDrinking, or the act of drinking alcoholic beverages, is a pleasurable and exciting activity, when enjoyed in a responsible, intelligent way, or in an irresponsible, stupid way. I present here a guide to drinking in our fair borough of Santa Monica, for those of you whose ages start with 1. Unless you are over 100, in which case you should not be reading, you should be in bed Mr. Thompson, and no your family is not coming to see you. Take your pills.
Step 1. Coming up on some liks.
A touchy subject for many, and one of hot dispute, is how to obtain alcohol. Many methods abound, all of which I will illustrate here, and present their pros and cons.
A. Stealing
The first option is the most obvious, which is stealing. This is a strange one, because it has the greatest benefits, but the worst risks. Most find it an even trade-off, but I would like to think that the cons outweigh the pros for this one. Basically, stealing is bad first of all, and drinking is bad as well, and they make unlikely bedmates. Getting caught stealing means automatically your parents are going to know that you were both stealing, and drinking. And if you’re in a car, that adds a third element of horrible crap to the equation. The physics of stealing are really quite simple, but they depend on what store you’re jacking, and what you are stealing.
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Cognitive Science – An Overview

I wrote a very broadly-defined paper for an Intro to Cognitive Science Class. It shows the chronological development of competing theories of mind and ends with a series of predictions regarding where I expect the discipline to go. Yes, it does feel weird putting this on the internet.

It’s very likely that his doesn’t interest you. That’s fine also. Just click here.

Cog Sci in 2025

I think therefore I must lean. Up until only two months ago, professionals in neuroscience, semantics, cognition, and artificial intelligence were bogged down with systems and theories too complex to master in even ten years. There was rarely a consensus among these professionals, and when there was, it was because the dominant approach was the only possible flailing towards an explanation of an extremely complex system. Twenty years ago, these infant fields of study were just learning to stand but today they are running. Before discussing the New Synthesis, a unified program that has facilitated several generational leaps in the study of mind, we will discuss the theories that led to the unification.

The study of cognitive science began with the exploration of the nature of mind‚ connection to the body. During the scientific revolution especially, the material and rule-based foundation of the world was being rapidly defined. As the great minds of the time looked towards the stars to discover irreducible laws, others looked introspectively (or anatomically) to try to answer questions of the mind. Though the concepts and theories of what governs the mind and body go back to Plato‚ time, Descartes’ ‘wind of animal spirits’ that connects the pineal gland to the immaterial soul began a more serious discourse on the nature of mind. For the most parts, the scientific community has thrown out strict dualism, but some maintain that epiphenomenalism addresses certain irreducible non-physical elements of mind.

Along with the unveiling of once-mysterious aspects of the physical universe, the mind also has become a subject of meticulous scientific discovery. Reductionism, the belief that mind reduces to observable physical processes, hoped to address the lackadaisical soft science of belief-desire psychology popularized by Freud. Although the convergences of highly specialized technologies have made the study of the physical brain far easier, the search for reductionist frameworks are ironically just as correlational and ‘soft’ as the belief-desire framework it hopes to replace.

Because both the spiritual aspects of dualism and the purely physical aspirations of reductionism fail to completely address the multitude of feelings, skills, dreams, and sensory complexities that make up mental capacity, cognitive scientists have probed for complete reinventions of mind representation. Stemming from respect for formal systems like calculus and physics, the rise of the Computational Representational Theory of Mind took Continue reading “Cognitive Science – An Overview”

Body Language and things.

Theory time
scrtichyIt is common knowledge among those who study human behavior that moods and feelings can be read in body language. There are certain postures and movements that mean very specific things almost universally across all cultures. I read Allan Pease’s book, and I’ve come up with my own (attempt) at behavioral theories:

When people sense something they are averse to, they tend to touch the organ that perceived it. From many behavioral studies, this has been proven, but there’s more to it. The reason they are moved to tug on their ear when they hear something they’re averse to (an incorrect chord at a live performance) or why they rub the area around their mouth (upon hearing words they’re uncomfortable about/unprepared for) is because they feel an itch that needs to be scratched. Because their body language has been so constant through their life (for the most part), they have developed a conditioning for the production of a reason to complete that body movement–an itch.

When reacting to something with body language, it’s completely unconscious. An itch on a part of the body corresponds to the body language about to be displayed. I’ve found this is true most of the time. (80%). This may seem strange, but try to be mindful of why you move the way you do. And when you find yourself in a interesting situation, observe why you move your body in the way you do. But please… don’t go crazy with it.

So what do you think? Anyone know of any studies on this?

Google Maps and Cobra Snakes

number 1Stop doing whatever you’re doing. Check out Google Maps. Throw down your address, and then click on ‘Satellite’ in the upper right hand corner. They just added that feature. It used to be only a street map service… Google style. Play around with it a little bit. Directions, finding restaurants in the map area you’re in… they thought of everything. Well, that’s not entirely true: people are dreaming up more suggestions.
And for a special treat, here’s my favorite place in the world.
I’ve got a buddy who started up a website where he posts pictures of parties he goes to. It began as Polaroidscene.com, and it contained simple photo albums from Los Angeles’ indie-scene hipsterish parties and concert images… and some other random festivities he engaged in. It’s now TheCobraSnake.com I remember one time he was at an art gallery, and he must have drank a lot, because he took home someone elses camera. Too bad someone saw him, because it had some great pictures with Ben Stiller on it. Continue reading “Google Maps and Cobra Snakes”