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Thesis on Value Judgements and their relation to 'Facts' by Anna-Marie Cushan
Main theme: An interdisciplinary attack on hitherto unexplained aspects of Mind and Brain, and the Nervous System in general paying particular attention to the technical feasibility of new suggestions, and the plausibility of traditional tacit assumptions.
This latter aspect now involves deep questions of 'Scientific Method' and other aspects of 'Knowledge-Theory'.
Secondary theme: History of Electromagnetic physics (including translations).
Books (printed, and also as ".pdf" files):
Mind and Micro-Mechanism: a hunt for the missing theory
ISBN 0-9577737-0-6 R.R.Traill (1999) .pdf *
Physics and Philosophy of the Mind: some new insights in an extended neuro-project
ISBN 0-9577737-1-4 R.R.Traill (2000) .pdf *
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Online Thesis 2 Anna-Marie Cushan (1983/2014).
Investigations into Facts and Values Groundwork for a theory of moral conflict resolution
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Many people still believe that, by using specially privileged logical strategies, we can get to perfect certainty at least on some issues. Until the 1970s, many philosophers thought that too; but they eventually agreed this was a mistake because those special strategies can never be rigorously justified, so they lose that supposed privilege.
Phase 1. (Mainly in Chapters 3 and 4): Review of how the old strategy-system fails us, and the arguments used in its demise in the 1970s within philosophy and psychology, even though it often persists elsewhere.
Phase 2.: Cuts new ground in explicating 'ordinary' everyday logic, its long established use in ethics, aesthetics, and social institutions such as the law-court and how traditional 'facts' fit into this picture. Finally Dr.Cushan seeks to apply these insights to conflict problems.
However without such pretentions, we all make many everyday decisions, and often in a reasonable way despite the admitted uncertainties and biases. So how do we do it?
And are those traditional 'logical' arguments just one end of this 'everyday' scale rather than being within a world of their own as previously supposed? If so, it becomes especially important to better understand those 'non-deductive' strategies; and that is the objective of Dr.Cushan's thesis, which can be seen as having two phases of this argument:
Online Thesis 1 R. R. Traill (1978/2006).
Available below as seven pdf-files (2006), or as just TWO files (one 203pp) via Brunel University Research Archive (BURA): http://hdl.handle.net/2438/729
"Molecular Explanation for Intelligence including its growth, maintenance, and failings"
Preliminaries + Part A (361KB) This file includes "Contents", Introduction, and Part A itself (previously published in Kybernetes 5 and 7). Part A summarizes Piaget's relevant concepts, but also considers what general-types of submechanism could possibly explain such human abilities.
Part B (409KB) here, and originally, published as the self-contained Brunel Monograph #24: "Toward a theoretical explanation of electro-chemical interaction in memory use: the postulated role of infra-red components and molecular evolution". This accepts the hard-science challenge posed by Part A moving the debate beyond abstract philosophy into physics and information-technology whilst retaining the biological context.
Chapters C1-C5 (471KB) The hierarchical-organization concepts of W.R.Ashby are added, and tentatively identified with Piaget's "developmental stages" such as to explain the advanced mental capabilities of humans.
Chapter C6 (424KB) "The system looked at as a whole, and some inherent weaknesses to be expected"
Chapter C7 (93KB) "Mechanisms for neuroses", applying the above concepts.
Chapter C8 (450KB) "Developing a consistent and reasonably comprehensive structural theory of psychosis"
Ondwelle Short Monographs
Piaget conference, Toronto 2012
(No.16, French version) "Une base moléculaire du 'schème' piagetien (le code de la mémoire): Quelques implications surprenantes"
(R.R.Traill Juin/Juillet, 2012)
(No.16, English version) "A molecular basis for Piaget's 'scheme' (as memory-code): Some surprising implications"
(R.R.Traill June/July, 2012)
(No.16, German version) "Eine molekulare Grundlage für Piagets Schème (als Gedächtnis-Code):
Einige überraschende Auswirkungen"
(R.R.Traill Jan, 2013)
(No.16, Indonesian version) "Dasar molekuler untuk Piaget-'schème' (sabagai memori-kode): Beberapa implikasi mengejutkan "
(R.R.Traill Jan, 2013)
(No.16, Spanish version) "Una base molecular para 'schème' de Piaget (como codigo de memoria): Algunas implicaciones sorprendentes
(R.R.Traill Jan, 2014)
(No.16, Thai version) "- - "
(R.R.Traill Jan, 2014)
- Other recent in main project
(No.14) "Meaningful UV and IR photon-exchange within bio-tissue? Interdisciplinary evidence, and a new way to view asbestos toxicity"
(R.R.Traill October 2010) .pdf
or link to its sequel in Journal of Physics:
"Coherent Infra-Red as logically necessary to explain Piagetian psychology
and neuro-microanatomy Two independent corroborations for
Gurwitsch’s findings, and the importance of coherent theory"
(No.15) "The theoretical case that some asbestos fibres could trigger cancer optically, while others act mechanically"
(R.R.Traill Mid-November 2010) .pdf
or link to its sequel in Journal of Physics:
"Asbestos as ‘toxic short-circuit’ optic-fibre for UV within the cell-net:
Likely roles and hazards for secret UV and IR metabolism"
- (No.1) Strange regularities in the geometry of myelin nerve-insulation a possible single cause
(R.R.Traill March 2005) .htm .pdf
- (No.2) Thinking by Molecule, Synapse, or both? from Piaget's Schema, to the Selecting/Editing of ncRNA
(R.R.Traill April 2005, augmented Feb. 2008) .htm .pdf
- Or in French: Penser par Molecule, par synapse, ou toutes les deux ? Du schéma de Piaget, à la sélection/rédaction du ARNnc
(August/ août, 2008) .pdf
- (No.3) How Popperian positivism killed a good-but-poorly-presented theory
insect communication by infrared
(R.R.Traill December 2005) .rtf .pdf + see conference version:
Critique of the 1977 debate on infra-red 'olfaction' in insects
(Diesendorf vs. P.S.Callahan).
[from Conference of the Australian Entomological Society, Sep.2008]
(R.R.Traill October 2008) .rtf .pdf
(No.4) Thinking as mental model-building:
a Piagetian-cum-mechanistic explanation of the 'engram' (Brunel Monograph #12)
(R.R.Traill April 1975 with 2007 annotations/links) .pdf
(No.5) The gulf between behavioural psychology and fundamental physiology:
a systematic attempt to bridge the gap (Brunel Monograph #15)
(R.R.Traill April 1976 with 2007 annotations/links) .pdf
(No.6) Short papers and letters on the 'linear micro-element' theory of mental mechanism:
and related questions of scientific method (Brunel Monograph #18)
(R.R.Traill October 1976 with 2007 links and new extended preface) .pdf
"The case that mammalian intelligence is based on sub-molecular coding and fibre-optic capabilities of myelinated nerve axons",
from Speculations in Science and Technology, vol 11(3), pages 173-181.
(R.R.Traill 1988 / June 2009) .pdf
also: Supplement with (i) Alphabetical listing of the references, and (ii) sample translations -- .pdf
"A Radiation Theory Of The Assembling Of Moths",
from The Entomologist, vol 93(1165-1166), pages 113-117, 133-137.
(E.R.Laithwaite 1960 / September 2009) .pdf
"Real Mechanisms for Natural-Thought? The History of an in-depth Analysis"
(R.R.Traill December 2009 32pp.) .pdf
Publicly-evolving draft, criticism encouraged:
(No.8) Problems with Economic Rationalism Psychology, Green-issues, and Jobs
(R.R.Traill, first issued 23 Nov 2007) Latest version (Dec 2008 but now again under review): .pdf
History of Electromagnetic Theory
On the equations of the electromagnetic field for moving bodies /
Ueber die Gleichungen des elektromagnetischen Feldes für bewegte Körper
by Emil Cohn (1902), Annalen der Physik (series 4), 7(1), 29-56;
plus his reply to Wien's criticism: (1904 May) ibid. 14(6), 208.
Parallel English/German text (10 August 2008) Cohn.pdf
On the differential equations of the electrodynamics for moving bodies /
Über die Differentialgleichungen der Elektrodynamik für bewegte Körper
by W.Wien (1904 March), Annalen der Physik (series 4), 13(4), 650-662, and 663-668.
Parallel English/German text (11 August 2008) Wien.pdf
Australian Senate Political Preferences allocated by each party
in recent federal elections
(Sortable tables compiled by R.R.Traill, from data supplied by the Australian Electoral Commission)
Re-run for Western-Australia on 5 Apr 2014 (due to lost ballot papers!)
ALL regions for election of 7 Sep 2013
Note the interesting case of Victoria 2004. That was when one party (the ALP) was just too clever in its strategic voting advice a scheme which seriously backfired, as explained briefly on page 2: