November 09, 2011

Run First, Think Later

"The matter of time is especially worth raising in a biological context, since for organisms making a living in a world 'red in tooth and claw,' timing is of the essence.  The organism's nervous system cannot afford the luxury of taking several days or even several minutes to decide whether and where to flee from a predator. [...] Biologically speaking, a quick and dirty solution is better than a slow and perfect one." (p.50)

Patricia s. Churchland, Christof Koch, Terence J. Sejnowski, "What Is Computational Neuroscience," in Computational Neuroscience pp. 46-55. Edited by Eric L. Schwartz. 1993. MIT Press.

October 27, 2011

Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools

"[...] Through this work we have come to value:
       Individuals and interactions over processes and tools [...]"

Manifesto for Agile Software Development

October 17, 2011

Time in Computers and Neural Networks

"[...] the timing of computers and networks is rigidly coupled to regular cycles of an underlying clock; the wide variation in impulse timings in neuronal systems, often with a strong apparently random component, contrasts markedly with the temporal regimen in these computational devices." (p. 42)

Donald H. Perkel, "Computational Neuroscience: Scope and Structure," in Computational Neuroscience, pp.38-45. Edited by Eric L. Schwartz. 1993. MIT Press.

July 19, 2011

Ethics of Science

"I took a required class about the ethics of science as an undergrad at UCLA, and it was all about who gets the funding."

James Franco, Wired Aug. 2011: Ethics, Shmetics, p.118