Physics of the Human Mind by Ihor Lubashevsky

By Ihor Lubashevsky

This booklet tackles the not easy query which mathematical formalisms and doubtless new actual notions will be constructed for quantitatively describing human cognition and behaviour, as well as those already constructed within the actual and cognitive sciences.

Indeed, physics is normal in modeling social platforms, the place, particularly, new branches of technological know-how reminiscent of sociophysics and econophysics have arisen. even though, many if no longer so much attribute good points of people like willingness, feelings, reminiscence, destiny prediction, and ethical norms, to call yet a couple of, usually are not but effectively mirrored within the paradigms of actual suggestion and theory.

The collection of a proper formalism for modeling psychological phenomena calls for the comprehension of the overall philosophical questions regarding the mind-body challenge. believable solutions to those questions are investigated and reviewed, notions and ideas for use or to be taken under consideration are constructed and a few tough questions are posed as open difficulties.

This textual content addresses theoretical physicists and neuroscientists modeling any structures and strategies the place human components play a vital position, philosophers drawn to utilising philosophical suggestions to the development of mathematical types, and the mathematically orientated psychologists and sociologists, whose study is essentially concerning modeling psychological processes.

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In fact, the laws describing human behavior and phenomena in social systems are non-universal. For example, the generalization of observations about human decision-making: [p]eople’s actions are goal-oriented, in the sense that if person x wants A and believes B to be an optimal means for achieving A, then x will attempt to do B (Fodor 1991; Dray 1957), does not qualify as a strict law because it cannot be universal. Indeed, there can be found many situations when people fail to act in a goal-oriented fashion although all the conditions that are explicitly stated in this generalization are fulfilled.

That are just inapplicable to inanimate objects. So, in spite of the success achieved in modeling various human actions and social phenomena during the last decades, physics as a science about the inanimate world lacks experience of copying with human beings especially in situations where these features play an essential role. Nevertheless, appealing to the advances in physics during the last three centuries, a reader may raise doubts about the necessity for a new formalism. Indeed, if the previously developed models have turned out to be so efficient in copying with a wide variety of physical phenomena, what are reasons to think that human actions cannot be described appropriately in their frameworks?

3, such mechanisms exist in social systems with cooperative dynamics; they are responsible for some collection of individuals converting into a whole entity with own properties. These mechanisms play the role of Cartwright’s nomological machines which, on their own, synchronize the behavior of the members of a given cooperative social system and keep up them within certain, maybe, rather narrow boundaries. The CP-laws in question are about plausible regularities in the behavior of a certain individual with respect to features contextually related to some cooperative social system.

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