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Apes’s visual illusions

Audrey E. Parrish,   Sarah F. Brosnan, and Michael J. Beran published a comparative investigation of the Delboeuf illusion in humans and a couple of monkeys species.   Theis research bring evidence of relative size perception illusion across those species.

Parrish and Beran’s previous research on how both humans and chimpanzees misperceive food amounts based on plate size target a similar topic.

Interestingly, in the case of the chimpanzees studies it was possible to observe not only a visual illusion.  Feeding and consumption behavior changed accordingly as well.  It is not out of the ballpark to characterize greed and accumulation in excess resulting in illusory perception.  Perhaps understanding better the foundation of such illusions help humans distancing our behaviour in a more conscious fashion.

3D qualitative spatial representation

Alex Burmester’s article on How do our brains reconstruct the visual world provides a short introduction of brain perception process.  Selective processes, visual attention, and inattentional blindness are key to understand how our mind build an schematic version of the environment as images in our minds.

Taking a more conceptual – and from an opposite side – tackle into the problem is the paper by Till Mossakowski and Reinhard Moratz on Relations Between Spatial Calculi
About Directions and Orientations.  They describe how relation algebras help us understand the transition from qualitative approaches of the environment to relative direction.

Linking the two is the effort to understand how we see.  Our brain combines each eye receives a limited, partially colourless signals at the retina into a seemingly continuous 3D experience.  Something that is very handy, to say the least.

This would not be possible if brains were not trained to continuously construct this environment.  There is much to learn from this process about our subjective stance towards objects and our consciousness.

“A movement in the making”

BY John Hagel, John Seely Brown & Duleesha Kulasooriya

” “Making”—the next generation of inventing and do-it-yourself—is creeping into everyday discourse, with the emerging maker movement referenced in connection with topics ranging from the rebirth of manufacturing to job skills development to reconnecting with our roots. As maker communities spring up around the globe, a plethora of physical and virtual platforms to serve them have emerged—from platforms that inspire and teach, to those that provide access to tools and mentorship, to those that connect individuals with financing and customers. (…) Continue reading

“Whole Brain Emulation: Reverse Engineering a Mind” By Randal A. Koene

As fiancés know, setting a date is a double-edged sword.  Goals seem more tangible and apt to plan around, but unkept promises usually end with someone looking foolish.

Pushing the envelope and making plans about the future is what was intended at Among the high-profile thinkers speaking at Global Future 2045: Towards a New Strategy for Human Evolution, Randal A. Koene delivered a speech on brain emulation:Continue reading

“The hand-held’s tale” by Joyce E Chaplin

article published at aeon

“Whatever the finer social distinctions in pre-industrial societies, the main one divided those who worked with their hands from those who did not – ever. Anything hand-held made the bearer’s status clear. Egyptian rulers went into the afterlife clutching the flail and sceptre they had borne in real life. Sceptres and orbs would continue to represent earthly rule. Swords advertised military might. Books stood for the word of God and the ability to interpret it. Keys represented access to real or unearthly realms. These were things worth holding precisely because they symbolised freedom from quotidian effort, to which the vast majority were consigned. And yet the hand-held device is now the great equaliser. The squillionaire clutches the iPhone 6, but so might the underpaid worker who assembled it in semi-gulag conditions somewhere. The development of the hand-held’s marvellously tiny technology is interesting, of course. But our shared willingness to fill our hands openly and daily with these devices is the more important historical transformation.Continue reading

Wingsuit flying simulator

Building a rope bridge with drones

Internet promotes democracy. Does it?

What is consciousness? by The Economist

Not short, interesting video on how science is trying to help philosophers reshape our understanding of subjectivity.

Commonsense A.I.