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From the School of Computer Science and Department of Psychology at McGill University, I marvel at the world through algorithmic lenses. My specific interests are in quantum computing, evolutionary game theory, modern evolutionary synthesis, and theoretical cognitive science. Previously I was at the Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Combinatorics & Optimization at the University of Waterloo and a visitor to the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore.


Feb
15
revised Natural examples of XOR functions at the cellular level
added a link and fixed up some references.
Feb
15
comment Does neuroeconomics study the brain or study economics?
You should consider asking this question on the cognitive sciences stackexchange, which specializes in neuroscience and related fields.
Feb
15
comment Evolution, self organization and neuroscience
I recommend looking at Hoffman's interface theory of perception to help you explore some of the assumptions you are implicitly making in your question. Also, just because a fitness peak exists, doesn't mean you'll get there (for any reasonable notion of getting there).
Feb
15
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
14
comment Natural examples of XOR functions at the cellular level
@JonathanVanMatre thank you, that's an interesting paper. Although it seems like they are implementing XOR through several cells working together with NOR gates as primitives. I will take a look at it, maybe they discuss some natural counterparts. All the synthetic examples suggest that it isn't unreasonable to expect a natural one, I think.
Feb
14
awarded  Necromancer
Feb
14
asked Natural examples of XOR functions at the cellular level
Feb
14
awarded  Yearling
Jan
31
answered The Assumption of Weak Selection?
Jan
9
comment When does weak selection produce qualitatively different results from strong selection?
@fileunderwater thanks, I found that paper shortly after I asked the question and it is extremely relevant, I've been meaning to give a self-answer based on it but have been too busy with other things.
Jan
9
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
30
comment What does fitness really mean?
"As I said I don't want to talk practical issues but theoretical ones, therefore we will assume to work on a panmictic population of inifinite size evenly distributed into class age." infinite versus finite population is not a practical concern, but a very important theoretical distinction in particular if you have stochastic events.
Dec
29
answered Book recommendations for algorithms used in evolutionary biology
Dec
14
awarded  Self-Learner
Oct
20
awarded  Announcer
Oct
4
awarded  Necromancer
Sep
27
awarded  Revival
Aug
19
answered Structure of fitness landscapes in the NK model
Aug
19
revised Is local equilibrium a reasonable assumption for evolutionary processes?
Added a link.
Aug
18
answered Is local equilibrium a reasonable assumption for evolutionary processes?