Woah… you weren’t kidding about being “really fledgling”! Well, I figure you wouldn’t have suggested that I register on this site if there wasn’t going to be cool things happening here eventually, so I may as well use this default-looking introduction topic for its intended purpose. Incidentally, first post.
My name is David Brooks. I am technically a second-year COGS student, but practically am taking mostly first-year courses, as I am a transfer student, and didn’t get much in the way of prerequisites from my earlier education. I go by Endovior in most places online, on account of having used the pseudonym throughout my online existence.
My specific interest in COGS comes largely from following the work of Eliezer Yudkowsky of lesswrong.com who is also a COGS philosopher. A large focus of his work is on practical stuff; taking lessons from what we know about COGS and applying it to the real world (ie: taking known cognitive biases into account as a component of critical thinking). I almost certainly would not be here were it not for following his blog.
This concept of a cognitive research site is a sweet idea. I have always had an interest in how our inferential brains work. I am a Queen’s student in second year who took a cognitive science in first year and course was one of my favourites, if not my favourite, I have taken at Queen’s. I find it intriguing how in shaping awareness and directing attention, the meaning we ascribe to situations becomes malleable and from this follows all sorts of paradoxes and puzzles.
So I am pretty excited for the continuation of events and meetings and learning more about how our cognition functions whether the learning style is more w-axon wax off or more of a group learning process, both ways it shoul-dendrite.