Bill's meeting at CU Boulder

[From Bill P]

Hello, all. I was invited to meet today with Randy O'Reilly, a
computational neuroscientist in the department of psychology and
neuroscience at the University of Colorado in Boulder. I thought it
was just going to be the two of us, but when I got there, another
faculty member and five graduate students were crammed into Randy's
office. We had a remarkably good time, talking for two packed hours
about O'Reilly's work in modeling the nervous system at the
neurological level, and how PCT ideas might fit in. O'Reilly had
already introduced the main concepts of PCT to his students, so they
weren't starting completely from scratch.

This meeting came about in response to my proposal (to Dr. O'Reilly
and department chairman Lew Harvey) that the O'Reilly group might
focus on describing basic neural computing elements, which I could
then use as building-blocks in a PCT model. As it turned out, two of
the graduate students were hot to start right away converting some of
my demos into neural models for doing the same things. After the
students thrashed out various possible approaches, I asked if it
might be possible for them to report their progress at our
end-of-July meeting, even if only in preliminary form, and Randy
immediately said sure, that could be done. So we are going to have at
least some students from CU at the meeting and maybe some faculty,
too, at least on the Saturday. If there are still people mulling over
whether to attend, I recommended deciding to come, because this
meeting might be a turning point for PCT in the USA. I'm attaching
the conference materials yet again.

Rick Marken, how's the CSG bank balance? Could we subsidize a few of
the students to attend the whole meeting if they want to?

These are great people. Even when we disagreed, they never got
disagreeable. In that kind of atmosphere we can accomplish a lot.

Best,

Bill P.

CSGConf2011JULY1.doc (50 KB)

[From Rick Marken (2011.05.16.1915)]

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On Mon, May 16, 2011 at 6:37 PM, Bill Powers <powers_w@frontier.net> wrote:

Sorry, all -- I seem to have sent the message twice.

Bill P.

You can send good news as often as you like;-)

Yes, we have enough to pay for the conference fees for at least 3 students.

Best

Rick

--
Richard S. Marken PhD
rsmarken@gmail.com
www.mindreadings.com

from Dick Robertson [2011.05.17.1005]

This is really exciting. I think you’re probably right: a turning point in the history of psychology.

Best,

Dick R

[From Bruce Abbott (2011.05.17.1500 EDT)]

That's wonderful news, Bill!

[From Bill P] --

BP: Hello, all. I was invited to meet today with Randy O'Reilly, a
computational neuroscientist in the department of psychology and
neuroscience at the University of Colorado in Boulder. I thought it was just
going to be the two of us, but when I got there, another faculty member and
five graduate students were crammed into Randy's office. We had a remarkably
good time, talking for two packed hours about O'Reilly's work in modeling
the nervous system at the neurological level, and how PCT ideas might fit
in. O'Reilly had already introduced the main concepts of PCT to his
students, so they weren't starting completely from scratch.

BP: This meeting came about in response to my proposal (to Dr. O'Reilly and
department chairman Lew Harvey) that the O'Reilly group might focus on
describing basic neural computing elements, which I could then use as
building-blocks in a PCT model. As it turned out, two of the graduate
students were hot to start right away converting some of my demos into
neural models for doing the same things. After the students thrashed out
various possible approaches, I asked if it might be possible for them to
report their progress at our end-of-July meeting, even if only in
preliminary form, and Randy immediately said sure, that could be done. So we
are going to have at least some students from CU at the meeting and maybe
some faculty, too, at least on the Saturday. If there are still people
mulling over whether to attend, I recommended deciding to come, because this
meeting might be a turning point for PCT in the USA. I'm attaching the
conference materials yet again.

BP: Rick Marken, how's the CSG bank balance? Could we subsidize a few of the
students to attend the whole meeting if they want to?

BP: These are great people. Even when we disagreed, they never got
disagreeable. In that kind of atmosphere we can accomplish a lot.

The attached Conference materials have some changes in details --
like exact dates for things like meals and side trips -- that may be
pertinent to people who have already signed up.

Best,

Bill P.

CSGConference2011MayFinal1.doc (43 KB)