Mindy Newton

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    Long Island, NY
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    Mind-Body problem, theory of Introspection, Epistemology, Cognitive psychology, psychodynamics, natural language comprehension, theory of grammar, number theory: prime numbers and divisibility tests, .petrography, poetry, music composition, horse-back riding/dressage, tennis, invention and intellectual property rights

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    Mindy Newton
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    I am a mature, married woman with one child. I studied psychology and philosophy, practiced psychotherapy, psychological testing and evaluation. Did a stint in academic adm. as Director of Admissions to "MBA" program at major university. I write and edit for businesses, on a consulting basis. "Clarity Editing" My specialties are "Forms Analysis" and "Useability Editing."
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    In preparation, not specifically to be published here: A Universal Divisibility Test No Mystery to Primes Pepper's Ghost: A Theory of Introspection Transduction, Propagation, and Adaptation: A Theory of Consciousness Invariance in Human Cognition: A Theory of Perception and Grammar What It Is To Think Quartz Banding, In-filling or Porphyrization?
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    Rachmaninoff's second Piano concerto and the "...Paganini,"; Law and Order; As Time Goes By; Mystery
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    Married, have one child, dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, and a horse. That's the family.
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  1. Mindy. I'm sorry I wrote this! I got carried away. It was cowardly sexism on my part in that, as has been pointed out to me off list, I don't let myself go like this with the male posters. I probably owe you more than this apology. --Brant Not a problem. But the significance of this issue couldn't be greater! It is parallel with Kant's starting place, as I mentioned before. For the efficacy of the mind, it is absolutely crucial. = Mindy It's about twenty minutes later than my last post, and I find myself thinking that I've worn out my welcome here.
  2. I thought I saw a facility here for creating a private group. If so, how does one set it up? Thanks! =Mindy
  3. Mindy. I'm sorry I wrote this! I got carried away. It was cowardly sexism on my part in that, as has been pointed out to me off list, I don't let myself go like this with the male posters. I probably owe you more than this apology. --Brant Not a problem. But the significance of this issue couldn't be greater! It is parallel with Kant's starting place, as I mentioned before. For the efficacy of the mind, it is absolutely crucial. = Mindy
  4. Mindy, I don't know what value you hold for dogmatic statements, but that is what I was objecting to. I object to statement in lieu of fact regardless of who claims it. In the case of Rand, she makes a few, calls them "premises" and builds from there. (Not all her premises are dogmatic, but a few are.) If you don't think Rand did that, bring it on. I am interested to see where she backed up her more dogmatic statements, like the one I cited about sensations not being stored in memory (and that is merely one out of others). I have read her extensively and I have found practically no discussion
  5. There is a reason to defend a value if one sees it attacked. Growth isn't the issue, Michael. Nature isn't the issue. The structures and growth dictated by DNA are not innate content. The ability to learn a language is not innate content. If we do not stay focused on the original point, all our discussion so far will be wasted. = Mindy
  6. Mindy, Isn't the very act of integration, which is an innate capability, such an imposition on sensory data? So what is your criteria to say that one is innate and another is not, when evidence of both is repeatedly observed and measured? I see you making declarations, but that is not a good criterion, at least a simple declaration does not meet my own standard of knowledge. Rand did this a lot, i.e., "man's needs are..." or "sensations, as such, are not retained in man's memory..." etc., and this habit is one of the weakest parts of her arguments. She basically says something is so because s
  7. I don't understand the hostility toward Rand here, Brant. The woman was a truly great thinker. She was a magnificent writer. She had the scope of vision to structure (not invent) a complete philosophy, her analyses of cultural and political affairs were continuing proof of the activity and accuracy of her take on things. You must believe that she had a superior grasp of all that is involved in these intellectual achievements. You surely realize that only excruciatingly precise intellectual standards could achieve these things. Don't you consider that what you term being a control freak might a
  8. We are born blabbermouths. Ba'al Chatzaf Blabber for yourself, Baal. :baby: Mindy
  9. The only innate thing that counts, for this issue, is innate content. Can you explain "The wave (a 2 or 3 event)?" Our perceptual mechanism is a specific, limited capability. Perception integrates, yes. Experience is perceptual, yes. None of that means we have innate forms which we impose on sensory data. That is the issue. Perception is highly sensitive to symmetry. Symmetry is very common in nature. That doesn't mean we have an innate structure which we impose on sensory data. At the lowest level, we extract from sensory energy forms, patterns, or templates. We store these and use them in
  10. Kids are born with IQ, or IQ-correlates, and I don't see why his geometrical insight as to the concave egg half and the projection of the rod doesn't count as creative. I'm happy with Simon's definition of creativity, that something new and valuable is a creation. If that isn't satisfactory, how would you define it? =Mindy
  11. This is only an anecdote, but it is apropros: A 2+ year old boy is sitting in a tiny wading pool at a pre-school. He has a few toys in the pool, including plastic, graduated-size rings and the wooden rod they get stacked on, and a couple of plastic Easter eggs that come apart across the middle. A bored college student is "minding" this child and a few others. The kid picks up a half of an egg, and pulls the rod over to himself. Slowly, he puts the egg half over the top of the rod. He seems unsure whether to let go of it, when the "teacher" looks over at him. "Billy," she says, in a bored voic
  12. Mindy, So you believe that patterns exist innately where they don't exist by instrument measurement? Or that it is merely an arbitrary coincidence that everybody does 2 and 3? If neither, where do the universal patterns of 2 and 3 come from in your conception? I'm confused. Michael I emphatically do not believe that patterns exist innately. We possess familiar patterns of beats, 2/4 or 4/4, 3/4, or 6/8 mostly. As you know, the 2/4 and 4/4 are equivalent for a simple rhythm, as are the 3/4 and the 6/8. So the dominance of 2 or 3-beat perception is not surprising. It encompasses most of musical
  13. I always miss irony. That is one of the effects of being an Aspie. Galloping literal-mindedness and all that. As to your main assertion, can you produce empirical evidence to support it? If you can, please do. Ba'al Chatzaf I would put it differently, Ted: most people are born creative, and it is stunted by... =Mindy
  14. You don't need to look up the metronome research. As an aside, I actually did a psy. experiment with metronomes, and had to read the major metronome-related research at that time. We don't disagree about the facts. We disagree about their interpretation. = Mindy
  15. I heard him talk about it at some lecture, maybe even a Q & A session. I'll see if I can come up with a reference. = Mindy