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  • theory of mind / model of others
    • incoherence of others, for clinical reason or not, are stressful because they augment the cognitive load require to model them
      • inference are less reliable
      • multiple decision paths have to be stored rather than a single coherence model of the person one is interaction with
      • if one has a hierarchical model of somebody else, detecting an incoherence challenges the root of model
  • everything is a clock
    • beside the "official" ones e.g. a mechanical watch, using quartz or even water, we tend to rely on any external signal to synchronize ourselves hence when something that usually goes to a certain pace goes faster we most likely adapt our behavior to match this, hence going faster too
      • e.g. eating while listening to an audio recording of a voice at twice the pace one will probably eat faster without necessarily being conscious of it
  • the mind is just the network of matter, as physical units, we have the cheapest, or least amount of energy required, control of
    • inspired by Supersizing
    • even though the brain requires about 20% of energy to function, it is a "sunk cost" anyway
      • thus the most energetically efficient simulation tool available
      • yet not free so probably irremediably leading to TreeOfKnowledge#SelfUnderstandingPartOfHomeostase explaining why organisms keeps on building "mirrors" (physical, social, technical, etc)
        • one could consider the budget spend on medicine overall, rather than in basic energy supply and agriculture, as a indicator in that direction
        • note that this view could be confirmed also through language exploration in babies (cf studies mentioned recently in France Culture WithoutNotesJanuary12#BernardGolse)
        • could also be linked with the Wikipedia:Sense of agency, eventually increase feeling of agency could be linked with happiness
    • hence the fundamental consequences for tools
      • and thus leading to the emergence of information manipulating tools in particular, e.g.
    • and for possible replacements
      • e.g. including the cost of installation and maintenance in neuroprosthetics or cognitive prostheses
      • see Mathematics#MachineLearning
      • the amount of processing power a system have might thus not be a sufficient metrics, rather the processing power per energy expenditure and thus how cheaply a simulation can be run to facilitate decision making
    • one could overall consider individuality and cognition as an economical function
      • everything that is not transparent and that we can change for a very small cost, we consider it "ourselves"
      • see TreeOfKnowledge for autonomy, autopoeisis and structural coupling
    • further than simply the binary (possible or not) ability to leverage a resource, it seems that it is more the cost of establishing (or removing) a network link to it that makes a difference
      • the inability to use that resource could be simplified to a cost of +∞
      • consequently ObjectsExoBrain and MyCloudTransition would have to be revised
        • so rather than having high expectations regarding a new possibility, one could consider how costly it is to establish the link to that resource
        • instead using a remote server, the value is more in the tools or processes established that allow for "easy" transfers (easy in the sense of not requiring a lot of action or thoughts)
      • inspired by reconsidering Seedea:Content/Newconcepts#PXE thanks to Newconcepts
        • note that most concepts in Seedea:Content/Newconcepts#Technology before this one are very related to this energy/economy/network problematic
          • PPW, PUE, Energy slave, EROEI, Thermoeconomics, Dataflow programming, Cognitive commons
      • which also seems to be the pattern between institutions
        • i.e. the first transaction is costly but then through repetition automation becomes a rational investment as a threshold is reached
          • once automation is in place then the cost of transaction suddenly and radically drops opening up new usages that were until then impossible by being too costly
        • e.g. private information requiring warrants or court orders from state agencies through individual cases then establishment of a link then automation then recurring smaller requests
        • consider also Ronal Coase seminal 1973 article Wikipedia:The Nature of the Firm
    • encoding from STM to LTM (cf related OurPIM:Communication/Logs of the 9 of August 2011) consequently also accounts for an investment decision
      • which pieces of information or processes will have significant impact of the future to be worth optimizing by having either faster access to and which have little
      • the biological way is most likely a simple, yet efficient, summation process
    • overall "working harder" or "learning more" are fallacies, it remains a decision to use a more efficient way and discard its alternatives, thus of making a decision
      • either consciously and relying on verified information or subconsciously by maintaining the current process
      • i.e. some thing have to be removed or avoided, either in breath or depth, here my OwnConcepts#Epistemotaxis could be useful to step back
    • alternative media from neurons (e.g. paper, silicon, e-paper, ...) should not be consider as lower alternatives but rather as specialized alternative with interesting properties to leverage for specific usages
      • e.g. stone carving permits only very costly modification but is very stable

Memory as sparse homeostatic scaffolding


Memory is a key affordance to the environment and the self. Any complex manipulation is done through manipulations of memories. Providing efficient affordances to memories thus provide more efficient affordances to the environment and the self. Misconceptions hinder this and should be avoided as much as possible.

The analogy between computer and the brain are useful, but regarding memory could be damaging if no questionned.


  1. list key misconceptions
    • objective description
    • transferring and retrieved memory
      • there is no transfert per se, solely a long sucession of imperfect copies
    • storing verbatim description of an event
      • senses are imperfect and get interpreted on each step of cognitive processes, cultural biases also change what we perceive
    • self-contained description
      • it would be extremely costly in time (fixation of the event during it) and space (number and interconnection of neurons) to generate a description without reying on previously manipulated memories
  2. sort thos misconceptions by expect importance of impact
  3. list behaviors which are affected by those misconceptions
  4. try alternative behaviors and see how they affect the result

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Inspired by

Reading Joshua Foer's TED talk 2012 then having the same day to remember a phone number, while doing so stiching it as a short story relying on people I know well rather than an abstract list of numbers.


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