Sunday, May 6, 2007


We've got 2 new journal papers under review. The first 6 billion people to ask get them for free! Limited supplies!

Well, sorry about that...

Here they are:

Cognitive Reflection: the ‘Premature Temperature Convergence’ Hypothesis

By J. Silva and A. Linhares

We present a new hypothesis concerning cognitive reflection and the relationship between System 1 and System 2, corresponding roughly to intuition and reason. This hypothesis postulates a tighter integration between systems than is implied by the common framework of separate modules. If systems are tightly coupled, as we propose here, an explanation of cognitive reflection may rest in the premature convergence of an ‘entropy’, or ‘temperature’, parameter.


On the nature of chess intuition: Manifesto for a renaissance

by A. Linhares

How could Kasparov compete? Perhaps the unasked question of the Deep Blue versus Kasparov debate was: how could Kasparov play at the same level of a massively parallel machine which coldly computed up to 330 million tree nodes per second? What is the information processing behind human intuition like? The purpose of this paper is to explore new ideas for a research agenda to model of human chess intuition and intelligence. We initially present results from psychology, in chess players’ abstract perception of strategically similar scenarios, and analyze how current cognitive models might not be able to handle such perception. We next study how scientific effort may be measured: Is move quality still the standard to look forward to, when we do not want to construct a world champion, but rather to understand and model human intuition? Finally, we propose a proof-of-concept model, in the form of a computational architecture, which may be able to account for many crucial features of human intuition, such as concentration of attention to relevant aspects, how humans avoid the combinatorial explosion, perception of similarity at a strategic level, and a global understanding of how a scenario may evolve.