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Archives for July, 2007

How Do We Understand Negations?

Long, long ago, during my first summer as a grad student (technically, I wasn’t even a student yet), in one of my first meetings with my graduate adviser, he suggested that I think about the problem of representing negation. The problem of representing negation? That seemed like an odd suggestion. I mean, I was looking…

Welcome, Neurophilosophy

In case you haven’t noticed, ScienceBlogs has a new neuro-blogger, and he’s one you probably already know: MC, or Mo, the Neurophilospher. And he’s hosting the 26th edition of Encaphalon at his new digs.

Apparently so. Recent research has shown that pleasant smells can increase pain tolerance, and a recent paper by Prescott and Wilkie(1) suggests that it is specifically sweet smells that do so. I’ll just skip to the experiment, and spare you the background, because the experiment contains all you need to know. They started with three…

So in the last post, we talked about the normal distribution, and at the very end, discussed that if you knew the mean and standard deviation of a population for a particular variable, than you can compute the probabilities associated with a particular value of that variable within that population. The problem is, to do…