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PsyArXiv Preprints | Intuitive Experiments in the Physical World
"Many aspects of our physical environment are hidden. For example, it is hard to estimate how heavy an object is from visual observation alone. In this paper we examine how people actively "experiment" within the physical world to discover such latent properties. In the first part of the paper, we develop a novel framework for the quantitative analysis of the information produced by physical interactions. We then describe two experiments that present participants with moving objects in "microworlds" that operate according to continuous spatiotemporal dynamics similar to everyday physics (i.e., forces of gravity, friction, etc...). Participants were asked to interact with objects in the microworlds in order to identify their masses, or the forces of attraction/repulsion that governed their movement. Using our modeling framework, we find that learners who freely interacted with the physical system selectively produced evidence that revealed the physical property consistent with their inquiry goal. As a result, their inferences were more accurate than for passive observers and, in some contexts, for yoked participants who watched video replays of an active learner's interactions. We characterize active learners' actions into a range of micro-experiment strategies and discuss how these might be learned or generalized from past experience. The contribution of this work is to propose a novel analytic framework and methodology for the study of interactively learning about the physical world."
papers  active-learning  intuition  experimental-design 
17 days ago by arsyed
VVater VVitches | MetaFilter
ritual and arbitrary rules are important to open up intuition (cf. tarot & reading [ppl, geology, water]) - i'm sliding with flatbladet and Douglas Adams
metafilter  science  psychology  magic  intuition  methodology 
19 days ago by kmt
The Best Thing About Snapchat Might Also Lead to Its Downfall
The company exemplifies the promise and peril of making snap decisions.
snap  snapchat  data  vs  intuition  knowledgemanagement 
6 weeks ago by stevesong
How to Solve Any Dynamic Programming Problem – Pramp
Dynamic programming. The last resort of any interviewer set on seeing you fail. Your interview has gone great up until this point, but now it grinds to a standstill. Somewhere in the back of your…
dynamicprogramming  approach  intuition  howto 
7 weeks ago by lgtout
Learning To Learn: Intuition Isn’t Optional – BetterExplained
Imagine a chef who follows a new recipe to the letter. No matter how it looks, no matter the reviews the recipe has, if the dish doesn't taste good we know something is wrong. A sense of taste is the ultimate cooking tool.

When learning, we defer to external indicators (tests, teachers) to inform us we've learned something. External standards are made to be objective and easily-verified (Did you pick the correct answer?), but the important, subjective question is how well a concept sits in your mind. Did you actually experience it?
questioning  intuition  Passions  pol  185  Teaching  teaching_pol_theory  Psychology 
9 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
Intuition, Details and the Bow/Arrow Metaphor – BetterExplained
My favorite analogies explain a thought and help you explore deeper truths. Here’s a metaphor that captures my stance on learning:

Rote details are arrows, intuition is the bow.
Our goal is to hunt down problems. You can use arrows alone, sure, but intuition is the framework that makes details astoundingly useful.
Metaphors  Passions  reasoning  intuition  teaching_pol_theory  questioning 
9 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
neoliberalism the idea that changed the world
"A taste about which you argue, with others or yourself, ceases ipso facto being a taste – it turns into a value"
Philosophy  economics  thinking  values  intuition  faith  systems 
august 2017 by rudenoise
Intuition behind permutations and combinations – Building VTS
The way I was originally taught permutations and combinations — Here’s the problem and here’s the formula — was very shallow and forgettable. As developers, we’re familiar with tree data structures…
combinatorics  intuition 
july 2017 by clehene

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