Examining the current paradigm of artificial intelligence (with help from philosopher Thomas Kuhn)

"Normal science, the activity in which most scientists inevitably spend almost all their time, is predicated on the assumption that the scientific community knows what the world is like. Normal science often suppresses fundamental novelties because they are necessarily subversive of its basic commitments." - Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific RevolutionsMy doubts have been … Continue reading Examining the current paradigm of artificial intelligence (with help from philosopher Thomas Kuhn)

A modern-day paradigm for computational approaches to psychiatric illness

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQLsyf64xakMy research in computational neuropsychiatric genomics on the zebrafish has lead me to investigate what sort of methods and inquiries I could put forward using statistics and algebra. Though zebrafish are an inherently helpful model organism for psychiatric disease I want to extend the nature of zebrafish research such that we can achieve the full … Continue reading A modern-day paradigm for computational approaches to psychiatric illness

How to maintain intellectual character in an era of fake news

"Truth Coming Out of Her Well" - Jean-Léon Gérôme (1896)To speak of our own intellectual character requires a tremendous amount of humility and generosity. To speak broadly, intellectual character is all about embracing truth, criticism, and ideas in a way that's justified, fair, and ethical. It's very easy for many scholars and students to treat their … Continue reading How to maintain intellectual character in an era of fake news

How war shapes a country: a review of Nora Krug’s "Belonging"

Pondering difficult questions of her own cultural background, German author Nora Krug asks the questions of what belonging is and what that means to her. To belong to a culture of Germans responsible for the unspeakable atrocities of World War II meant Krug was challenging the very idea that she should belong to that culture. … Continue reading How war shapes a country: a review of Nora Krug’s "Belonging"

Memories of Claude Shannon, father of information theory

"My greatest concern was what to call it. I thought of calling it 'information,' but the word was overly used, so I decided to call it 'uncertainty.' When I discussed it with John von Neumann, he had a better idea. Von Neumann told me, 'You should call it entropy, for two reasons. In the first … Continue reading Memories of Claude Shannon, father of information theory

Encoding and decoding with stochastic neuron models

In the spring of 2018, I worked on an encoding and decoding project for a course about machine learning in Python. I studied the ways neuroscientific data can be analyzed to form predictions of how humans perceive the world. For this set of data, we rely on voxels (the unit of array elements in neuroimaging) and … Continue reading Encoding and decoding with stochastic neuron models

"What’s so great about classical music?" A personal and philosophical perspective

"The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul." - BachArguably moreso than other forms of music, classical can enrich and and stir the soul in ways that require incredibly lengths of comprehension and description to truly appreciate. To put in … Continue reading "What’s so great about classical music?" A personal and philosophical perspective