TYR reads “Survivorship Bias”

Survivorship Bias @ You Are Not So Smart in this delicious short essay David MacRaney, author of "Your Are Not So Smart", explores survivorship bias, specially harmful when trying to "learn lessons" in order to improve our chances of success. A short biographical sketch of a forgotten genius, Abraham Wald, is a not minor plus of … Continue reading TYR reads “Survivorship Bias”

When…”we’re no longer the smartest things around”

IBM simulates 530 billion neurons, 100 trillion synapses on supercomputer @ Kurzweilai.net ...the race towards a true artificial intelligence organism goes on. Please check also the Blue Brain Project at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. 'Center For Study Of Existential Risk,' Proposed Research Group, Wants To Examine Evil Computers @ Huffington Post ...meanwhile, at Cambridge University a new research center … Continue reading When…”we’re no longer the smartest things around”

Beyond Brain

Tanya Marie Luhrmann published Beyond Brain, an article about schizophrenia and its causes, in The Wilson Quarterly. Some excerpts: "In the 1990s, scientists declared that schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses were pure brain disorders that would eventually yield to drugs. Now they are recognizing that social factors are among the causes, and must be part of the cure." … Continue reading Beyond Brain