Author Archives: Augustus Van Dusen

Persistent memories in transient networks

‘Spatial awareness in mammals is based on an internalized representation of the environment, encoded by large networks of spiking neurons. While such representations can last for a long time, the underlying neuronal network is transient: neuronal cells die every day, … Continue reading

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A Weekly Dose of Hazlitt: More GNP Defects

“More GNP Defects” is the title of Henry Hazlitt’s Newsweek column from January 12, 1959. Here, Hazlitt continues his critique of GNP statistics and shows how this bogus measure of the economic health of a nation leads to government policies … Continue reading

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A Stochastic Approach to STDP (Spike Timing Dependent Plasticity)

‘We present a digital implementation of the Spike Timing Dependent Plasticity (STDP) learning rule. The proposed digital implementation consists of an exponential decay generator array and a STDP adaptor array. On the arrival of a pre- and post-synaptic spike, the … Continue reading

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A Draft Memory Model on Spiking Neural Assemblies

‘A draft memory model (DM) for neural networks with spike propagation delay (SNNwD) is described. Novelty in this approach are that the DM learns immediately, with stimuli presented once, without synaptic weight changes, and without external learning algorithm. Basal on … Continue reading

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Political Economy Quote of the Week for 20160404

“Stripped to its essentials, a system of private law means that people who can’t come to an agreement on their own will literally seek the opinion of a third party.” – Robert P. Murphy, Chaos Theory.

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Contra Krugman: Episode 29 – We’re Told to Fear Globalization, but We Shouldn’t

‘This week Krugman says we ought to acknowledge that there are losers in international trade, and that we should introduce government subsidies, rather than trade restrictions, to help them. He says right-wing ideologues have failed to make note of these … Continue reading

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From The Tenth Amendment Center – Signed By the Governor: Maine Right to Try Act Rejects Some FDA Restrictions on Terminally-Ill

‘On Wednesday, Maine Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill into law that sets the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Rep. Thomas Longstaff (D-Waterville) … Continue reading

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