I am what I do: strictly functional design of cognitive process: www.cognitivealgorithm.info. Good concentration is relatively recent, but I’ve been working on a theory of intelligence most of my life, anything else is trivial by comparison. I work on my own because nothing that I’ve come across is coherent enough. And because I can, recently financially and always emotionally.
The older I get (chronologically 56, biologically < 40), the more it hits me just how abnormal I am:
an integrity nazi, insensitive to conditioning, driven mostly by value-free curiosity. Value-free means purely cognitive, selective for predictive value only. Lacking nearly universal dependence on social support and immediate experimental confirmation, I am free to follow intellectual imperatives.
That doesn’t mean psychology and neuroscience. I got into both more recently, mostly for insight in our deficiencies. To understand intrinsic function of cognition, vs. tons of other things in human mind, sustained introspective generalization is far superior to mere observation. Having started with the former, I find almost everything about brain and neurons to be grossly sub-optimal. Which is not surprising for a product of blind evolution and severe biological constraints.
Formalizing cognition is also the only legitimate problem in philosophy, which was my interest in a while. But establishment philosophers have always been a stand-up kind, too busy bullshitting college freshmen and other clueless highbrows. Which doesn’t leave much time or motivation for real work.
Anything I write is meant to be substantially original, thus speculative. But the subject is king.
I never stop questioning assumptions and all my posts are a work in progress.