Tom Veatch

Flames of inspiration often leave smoke signals behind.
From mine, these.

Cognitive Science

Cognitive Simplification

The requirements of survival and reproduction impose logical structure onto evolved systems. Therefore the study of logical systems, cognitive science, is an essential layer in the study of biological systems.

Cognitive Science within Biology

as an epistemological layer imposed by evolution

Bliss Theory: Human Evolution

Logic constrains biology, biology constrains us, and yet we think and speak and feel. How did we get here, then, and what parts came in what order? This was a lot of fun to write.

Foundations of Future AI

Towards a New Cognitive Science

N+V Humor Theory

Veatch's 1998 "A Theory of Humor"

The Logic of Irrational Emotion

... a model of suffering and liberation....

Emotion in general, considered evolutionarily and logically. Mathematical notation for the emotional process. Review of N+V Humor Theory using it.

Veatch asserts that the process of identifying yourself with an emotionally significant circumstance or role has a binding function whereby the emotional system is bound or required to implement the specific emotion that the system associates with that circumstance or role. That is, identification binds emotion.

From this, much follows. Bound, a person harmonizes with others in shared understanding, moral assessment, and feeling, around a shared activity. Bound, a person is not free to experience the moment, the now, the timeless flow, but is instead aware of their status and moral self-assessment. Unbound, wherein identification does not occur, emotional flow states, high performance, spiritual goodness, etc., occur with attention paid to the evolving situation rather than to thinking about how it reflects upon you and tells a story about you. Unbound, the person has access to the unconditioned or irrational emotions of bliss, serenity, transcendence, etc. Veatch's Razor, distinguishing these, is given.

Math as Language

Underlying intuition reads out as discrete expression.

Robot Emotion

On the design of emotional systems for humans and robots. Motivational frames and their relative priorities. Metrics to guide reinforcement learning.

Emotional Merger

Emotional change involves the reassessment of circumstances; a process that must come to include new details within the focus of attention, as well as to exclude now-irrelevant aspects of what had previously been focussed. I clarify and define emotional merger and specification as fundamental cognitive/emotional processes in this short theoretical essay, which seems to have as great a significance in the cognitive architecture of emotion as humor theory.

Synthetic Perception

Examples include image merger, color qualia, rhythm, object coherence, and stereoscopic movement as object learning.

Gesture Learning

How to learn effective physical movement.
A research program for reinforcement learning by embodied systems, like people.

A More General Theory of the Syllogism

Abstracting logic. Aristotle's list of syllogisms missed half of them; there's nothing to them (H!); and we can do better without.

Still it is pretty fun and cool, considering this was the intellectual pinnacle of humanity for 2000 years, and plus I'd say this is not a bad introduction to "term logic", and might be suggested reading for students of computer science, philosophy, classics, and/or math.

Evolutionary/Functional/Logical Decomposition

of the elements of Language

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