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13 September 2010 @ 02:51 pm
Cog Sci Tarot  
I just looked over elsmi's shoulder; and the website he was looking at, the Salk Vision Center Laboratory, had images down the left. A couple examples:

These are obviously Cognitive Science Tarot cards. The suits are Vision (Newton & Hubel & Wiesel) and Paradigms (Helmholtz).

So we came up with the following:

XV: Inattention Blindness. If only you looked at these chains, you'd see they couldn't possibly hold you down. But you're foveating on something else entirely.

XVI: Cognitive Dissonance. Painful as this sensation is, the conflict between your ideas is what will lead you to synthesis and growth.

XXI: Anchoring. You've found illumination -- a new, brighter shade of thought. Now you think your new discovery is white, and what you thought was white before looks grey.
Current Mood: cheerfulprocrastinatory
Ashni: steampunkashnistrike on September 13th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)

For major arcana, maybe famous paradigms, schools of thought, or classic studies

0: Phrenology. The line of inquiry you've started will lead to great wisdom, but every specific idea you have is wrong.

I: Structuralism. If that which you seek, you find not within, look for ideas that can be corroborated by others.

II: Gestaltism. Your beliefs about the world matter more than its true state.

IX: Deese-Roediger-McDermott paradigm. Your idea was brilliant the first time someone had it, but you need to be more creative.

Suits: Eyes (Perception and Attention), Cues (memory), Words (Language processes), Choices (Judgment, Reasoning, problem solving, & decision making)

1 of eyes: the optic chiasm. Turn the situation upside down, or divide it into its components, and it will make more sense.

4 of cues: the method of loci. Go back to the places and things that are most familiar to you. (Inverted it means, get out of this building now--there's about to be an earthquake.)

7 of words: the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. The situation you're in influences your actions, but you're not bound as tightly as you think.

10 of choices: the Wason card selection task. You've turned over the wrong cards; start over with a new tarot reading.

Right, I was supposed to be doing something... oh, yeah. Working on the course prep for my Cognition class.
shweta_narayan: igglesshweta_narayan on September 13th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
*giggles an awful lot*

I'd make the suits somewhat different: Perception/Attention (->swords), Learning/Memory [including aspects of cultural/linguistic effects] (->coins), Embodied Cognition & the Mirror system (->cups), Making [choices, creativity, narrative cognition] (->wands).

Pages would be facets of Language; Knights, Action; Queens, Social Cognition; Kings, Judgement.

Ashni: steampunkashnistrike on September 15th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
That would work too. I wondered at first if there were enough diverse findings in embodied cognition, but with the mirror system you've got empathy and social cognition, so that opens up plenty of cards! And I like adding in creativity explicitly--I usually lump it with problem solving in class, because the book does. Which is not a great reason.

III: Behaviorism. Your problem can be--almost--solved using surprisingly simple methods.

I think I may need to create this thing... even though I can't draw. It can be like the Crowdsource, I suppose, and entirely text and mental imagery.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 15th, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
And,as I just discovered and must now read ALL ABOUT to integrate into diss, representational momentum.

(I think I also mean creativity more broadly than is normally assumed. Most of our perceptual systems are highly creative, putting together an experientially coherent experience from minimal and messy cues, etc. Understanding language, ditto. Coming up with conceptual structures, ditto. All learning and perception is creative...

And hey! I can draw :)

Ashniashnistrike on September 15th, 2010 06:59 am (UTC)
Representational momentum? I don't think I'm familiar with that term.

Ah, when you say "creative," you mean the same thing I do by "reconstructive." Which makes sense, because language is described as creative and memory as reconstructive. I don't think you could limit creativity/reconstruction to one suit--as you say, it's ubiquitous.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 15th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
I think I mean the stuff people often call reconstructive, but I think that word undersells the awesome work our brains are doing; memory for example is surely creative, as we notice with false memories, misattribution, and other errors...

Representational Momentum is awesome (and of course because I've just learned it's a Thing, I am extra excited. Basically it's this phenomenon where, if you show subjects an object that is actually moving (or just has implied motion), and then blank screen & ask where it was when it disappeared, they say it was further along its (real or implied) path than it actually was. This varies with things like apparent friction, movement of the background, and implicit gravitational attraction.

It's sort of mysterious but all possible explanations involve some sort of dynamic representation. Coolest bit, for my purposes, is that this happens with completely static pictures that just have implied motion. And my diss is on Comics...
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 15th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
Major arcana...
I think schools work well for the *early* Majors but not really very well at all for the later ones, where phenomena/aspects of cognition work a whole lot better.

Could do 0 / I-VII / VIII-XIV / XV-XXI -- that's a split-up I generally like anyway.

But if I-VII are schools and XV-XXI phenomena, what are VIII-XIV?
Ashniashnistrike on September 15th, 2010 07:02 am (UTC)
Re: Major arcana...
I was thinking schools as broader ways of looking at the world, and specific phenomena as belonging in the suits. Are you trying to match this up to a traditional tarot deck, with equivalents for each card? Or just a similar structure? I'm leaning towards the latter.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 15th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Major arcana...
Hm. I think I'd want to try matching a traditional deck. And probably learn thereby why it wouldn't work, and go from there, I grant you :)
Allison Lonsdale: sciencecaprine on September 13th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
This is brilliant! Thanks for posting.
shweta_narayan: authorpic1shweta_narayan on September 14th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
I'm glad you like it! The things my brain will do to procrastinate. Especially when I'm trying to discuss pervasive misogyny in superhero comics in a calm academic tone.

I did indulge in one very nasty footnote...

(You did see ashnistrike's comment above, yeah? It's wonderful!)
Lionesselisem on September 13th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
*adores your brain*
shweta_narayan: mangatarshweta_narayan on September 14th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
*adores your brain* so now we're even? Though I'd have to post awesome often for years to catch up....

Anyways! Did see ashnistrike's wonderful comment above? I have the horrible feeling that our procrastination might combine to make a full deck...
Lionesselisem on September 14th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
I did, and I await the possibility with dreadful glee.

(If I ever do my Minnesota Tarot I will have to give you one, by the way.)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 14th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)

Suddenly I have two tarot projects. How did that happen? :)
Ashniashnistrike on September 15th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
Or something a few cards short of a full deck...
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 15th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
That sounds more likely for me :)

Especially now.Smoke reaction. Boo.