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Volume 1, Number 2
2012
ISSN 2166-9732

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    Front Cover              0

    Editorial: Consciousness, Peer Review and More              1
    by Juyang Weng

    Two Conscious Minds in the Same Brain? Split Brains and the Alien-Hand Syndrome banner             2 - 4
    by Gonzalo Munevar
    Abstract: It is not uncommon, even for distinguished investigators in neuroscience, to believe that two independent consciousness, two minds, may exist side by side in split-brain patients. A split-brain patient is a severe epileptic whose corpus callosum the structure that connects the right and left hemispheres of the cerebral cortex has been severed. This belief arose in great part because some split-brain patients have been afflicted by the alien-hand syndrome, in which the patient, say, would reach for an object with his right hand, only to have the left hand block or undo the action. This fascinating possibility of two minds in the same brain is undermined, however, by more recent understanding of how a cerebral structure called the supplementary motor area selects and inhibits plans for action (developed in the premotor cortex). Nevertheless, explaining the true cause of alien-hand syndrome can be fascinating in its own right.
    Index terms: Epilepsy, split brain, consciousness

    Brain Stories 2: Bonds and Feuds banner             5 - 7
    by Brian N. Huang
    Abstract: A brain forms founds based on long-time accumulation of experience. When it was forced to choose friend and foe, the brain does so based on past personal experience. There is no absolute right or wrong. A brain is prone to bounds and feuds because of dopamine and serotonin modulation to the brain circuits. I present my personal stories that look childish from the view of a third person. However, stories of similar nature are taking place everywhere, from individuals to nations.
    Index terms: Brain, mind, law, group intelligence

    IEEE TPAMI Banned Neural Network Approaches banner             8 - 10
    by Christopher S. Masfis
    Abstract: Consider the established convention of scientific journals and the checks-and-balances of power in scientific publications. Is it a healthy practice for a problem-oriented journal to ban a particular category of approaches to its problems? This article reports an instance.
    Index terms: Checks and balances of power, policy for scientific publication, pattern analysis and machine intelligence, human group intelligence

    A Theoretical Proof Bridged the Two AI Schools but a Major AI Journal Desk-Rejected It banner             11 - 12
    by Christopher S. Masfis
    Abstract: Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches fall into two schools, symbolic and connectionist, although a hybrid is possible. In each school, there have been many published theoretical models and experimental results. Inspired by the brain-like information processing, a theoretical proof established that all the models in these two schools are tightly related, via a mature automata theory well known in computer science. This predicted how the brain uses the best of the both schools. A major AI journal desk-rejected the submissions stating “without the possibility of further resubmission”.
    Index terms: Symbolic models, connectionist models, artificial intelligence, natural intelligence, brain models, human group intelligence

    The 2nd Open Letter to the US President Obama: Why US Should Be Friendly with Every Government? banner             13 - 15
    by Juyang Weng
    Abstract: All minds are not only groupish in nature, but also partially blind because of a lack of experience and knowledge. For US national interest, the US government should make friends with every government, not to isolate any imaginary or real rivals in peaceful competition. I submit brain-inspired reasons.
    Index terms: US interest, brain, science of mind, domestic and foreign policies

    Back Cover              16


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