15:41 so I think I know what thinking is
15:42 oh
15:43 you think you know? :)
15:43 yes
15:43 I am thrilled!
15:44 so
15:44 Thinking is the process that extract information by transforming a probabilty distribution to another distribution using energy.
15:45 probability distribution of what?
15:46 events
15:46 such as?
15:47 the wind will blow, that the sun will rise, this word will mean this, etc...
15:47 ok
15:47 basically, anything.
15:47 explain me better the probability distribution thing
15:47 you mean like a Gauss curve?
15:48 yes except it can be way more complex
15:48 how?
15:49 first it's not limited to a Gausse curve, you have an infinity of potential distributions to pick from
15:49 second, the curves you think about are 2D
15:49 which here is not the case
15:50 was just an example ;)
15:50 you can have an N dimensional probabilty distribution
15:50 and I was not just thinking in 2D
15:50 you can imagine a matrice of distributions if you prefer
15:51 ok
15:51 so this is the structure that allow you to think
15:52 and updating this matrice of distributions is thinking
15:52 for example, if I burn myself, I will update the distribution of heat/danger and itwill probably shows a positive correlation
15:53 yes, ok
15:54 the specificity of the brain though is that it has a distribution of itself and thus can look for faulty distributions and try to improve them
15:54 that is the process of extracting information for the environment
15:54 in science we associate it with experiments
15:54 but even a baby will act in such a way.
15:55 what led you to all this reasonings?
15:55 the pool being close
15:55 have to go back at 7:30PM
15:55 oh :-o
15:56 why closed?
15:56 and, besides the pool?
15:57 technical problem
15:59 beside the pool I was just looking around at birds flying, Saint-Mauriens walking at the farmer market, etc..
15:59 then wondered about strategies and cognition
16:00 the risk of short-term best strategy leading to long-term worst strategy
16:00 i.e. finding a local optimum but getting stuck in it
16:00 a classical problem in operational research
16:01 then wondered how it could be generalized
16:01 and at the same time, what part of artificial intelligence was *not* based on statistical methods
16:01 then I merged the 2 lines of thought
16:02 thus how is statistics used in selecting strategies
16:03 thus use of statistics in the thinking process
16:03 thus statistics and the brain
16:03 thus probability distribution and thinking
16:12 I think it makes sense
16:13 and i like this part of the local optimum that gets stuck
16:14 and
16:14 I will pay attention to the probabilities now
16:14 easy ones http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_probability_distributions
16:15 yes yes :)
16:15 not only those
16:15 I meant the probabilities in the thinking process