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Adam J Calhoun
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I know, I know, you read the title and exclaim: what can be more exciting than cryptic mimicry?! Well, listen to this: On the face of it, this is a classic evolutionary story, and a cut-and-dried case: the mantis has evolved to mimic the flower as a form…
I know, I know, you read the title and exclaim: what can be more exciting than cryptic mimicry?! Well, listen to this: On the face of it, this is a classic evolutionary story, and a cut-and-dried c...
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  Another year, another Cosyne. Sadly, I will be there only in spirit (and not, you know, reality.) But I did manage to get my hands all over the Cosyne abstract authors data…I can now tell you everyone who has had a poster or talk presented there and who…
  Another year, another Cosyne. Sadly, I will be there only in spirit (and not, you know, reality.) But I did manage to get my hands all over the Cosyne abstract authors data...I can now tell ...
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Over at NeuroSkeptic, there was a post asking “what are the unsolved problems of neuroscience”? For those interested in this type of questions, there are more such questions here and here. This, obviously, is catnip to me. Modeled on Hilbert’s famous 23…
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Another cat here. I don't have definitive answers, but I'm interested in finding out more. A few random thoughts below.

Meta-question 1: What counts as understanding the brain?

Creating an artificial brain would require a working understanding of the brain. Creating a simulation would possibly be easier. Explaining how all neurological disorders work would require fairly good understanding. Genetic engineering that modify specific functions like perception would require at least partial understanding.

Meta-question 2: How can a brain be built?

As a computer simulation, a electromechanical or optoelectronic brain, or a designed biological brain.

Meta-question 3: What are the different ways of understanding the brain?

Observed and controlled behavior. Complete simulation. Construction of an artificial brain. Enhancement of specific functions like memory.
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By now, I am sure that you have seen this picture. Some people see it as blue and black and some people see it as white and gold. Two people can be sitting right next to each other and see totally different things! It happened to me last night. Wired…
By now, I am sure that you have seen this picture. Some people see it as blue and black and some people see it as white and gold. Two people can be sitting right next to each other and see totally ...
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In case you haven’t seen this hilariously vicious anti-Human Brain Project article: If you want to make a neuroscientist scoff, mention the billion-dollar-plus Human Brain Project…Even before it began, the project was ridiculed by those in the know. Words…
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It was the anniversary of John von Neumann’s death last Sunday. If I had an intellectual hero it would be von Neumann; he basically was an expert in everything. Like many of those involved with the Manhattan Project, he died fairly young (53) of…
It was the anniversary of John von Neumann's death last Sunday. If I had an intellectual hero it would be von Neumann; he basically was an expert in everything. Like many of those involved with the...
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I have bemoaned the lack of a neuroscience blogosphere before. Neuroscience blogs exist as independent fiefdoms, rarely responding to one another. And if we were to cut out the cognitive and psychological sides of neuroscience, the field of blogs would…
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We play. Cats play. Dogs play. Horses play. Do fish play? Do cockroaches play? What is the function of play?! [P]lay is actually at the center of a spectrum of three behavior types: [exploration, play, and stereotypies]. Both exploration and stereotypic…
We play. Cats play. Dogs play. Horses play. Do fish play? Do cockroaches play? What is the function of play?! [P]lay is actually at the center of a spectrum of three behavior types: [exploration, p...
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  White and gold or blue and black? Frank Underwood sends his regards. Japan has it figured out My bet is that this is a light-source-prior issue.
  White and gold or blue and black? Frank Underwood sends his regards. Japan has it figured out My bet is that this is a light-source-prior issue. Kitchen Rhythm: A Year in a Parisian Patisser...
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How Deep Mind learns to win http://wp.me/s2bAJ4-deepmind

About a year ago, DeepMind was bought for half a billion dollars by Google for creating software that could learn to beat video games. Over the past year, DeepMind has detailed how they did it. Let us say that you were an artificial intelligence that had…
About a year ago, DeepMind was bought for half a billion dollars by Google for creating software that could learn to beat video games. Over the past year, DeepMind has detailed how they did it. Let...
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So hot. We use the tools that we have, and right now that means genetic specificity with calcium imaging and channelrhodopsin. In other words: how do groups of identified neurons operate? In even fewer words: microcircuits. I am probably reading too much…
So hot. We use the tools that we have, and right now that means genetic specificity with calcium imaging and channelrhodopsin. In other words: how do groups of identified neurons operate? In even f...
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Imagine all the computations that microcircuits perform!
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How does your PhD institution affect your chances at a faculty position? Across disciplines, we find steep prestige hierarchies, in which only 9 to 14% of faculty are placed at institutions more prestigious than their doctorate…Under a meritocracy, the…
How does your PhD institution affect your chances at a faculty position? Across disciplines, we find steep prestige hierarchies, in which only 9 to 14% of faculty are placed at institutions more pr...
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    Neuroscience, 2011
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Social neuroscience, decision-making, machine learning, ecology, economics. Attempting to learn Tamil.
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