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The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. -Albert Einstein. The current role of education is about memorizing a whole bunch of solutions and applying them by pattern matching ...

Next up: The Age of Feeling

Its coming. You can argue it or you can embrace it. But you can't ignore it. For the past 200 years, science of technical subjects has led the way. Referred to as the Industrial Revolution by history books, that time frame and the ones after it saw the rise ...

Rid the Ego

Or more precisely, rid of the ego. But Why? Why do people, or at least the idealistic and the naive, want to get rid of this sense of self-importance that is uber important to success in this world? It is very clear that only the confident of men achieve success ...

Modelling Cognitive Functions

Formally, it is called Computational Neuroscience. In an attempt to model higher cognitive functions, researchers have introduced two paradigms for modelling the human mind.
  • Cognitive Modelling: Pick a function, say learning, try to model that through computers.
  • Cognitive Architecture: Systems that attempt to define a framework for cognitive functions and ...

Twitter's Next Move - Disaster Detection

Twitter is fun. Twitter is informative. Now let Twitter be helpful. The unique nature of a tweet makes it one of the best tools for detecting disasters. A tweet is:
  • delivered in real time
  • geo-tagged
  • keyword-tagged
  • notification enabled
  • human powered
Credit goes to various miners (the data kind) that have ...

Human and the Tablet

With the iPad having finally crossed the tablet/laptop chasm, the way humans interact with computers is evolving at a very rapid rate. In less than five years, we have gone from 19" screens that took input from keyboard and mouse to a 3" screen with one button. Then there ...

Manipulation. Or is it?

In the sensing world, where the rules of trade govern all, where self-effacing proses are limited to novels and history books, everything factors down to perception. Being "good" doesn’t matter except to your soul. Scholarly abilities only go as far as to provide credibility, their true purpose being lost ...

Snake v1.520 to Snake v2.0

Snake is one game that has survived the past 40 years relatively unchanged. This indicates people's preference to simplicity and a want of "fast food" games. It can't be that nobody has tried to modify the game, human curiosity and want of profit is too expansive for that ...

NeTi flow of thought - mapped.

I studied human behavior for some time. A big chunk of that revolved around Carl Jung's type theory and derivatives thereof. Anyway, I recently came across a note I made when I was just starting with psychology. I am posting it here so I can reference (and probably berate ...

Why do we like Tetris so much?

Don't know about you but for some reason, I'm completely taken by these monotonous, non-strenuous, not too interesting games. What games you ask? Tetris, Bubble Shooter, Snake, Brick Breaker, and the like. Why? Usability. Or rather, the simplicity of the games' use case. Start Tetris and you see ...