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Scientists are making a headway though, as researchers at Yale and the University of Texas are afflicting computers with symptoms of schizophrenia in an effort to better the understanding of the human mind.
Source: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Sch...udy,12716.html

I wish them luck and all, but the idea to me seems personally moot. Anything on a computer is essentially programmed by us. Incurring some random problematic/erratic behaviors is never truly as random like the human mind or a real schizophrenic patient for that matter. Still thought it was an interesting idea I would share with you all.

inb4 Skynet
Edited by RagingCain - 5/16/11 at 5:26am
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Would using virtual machines be like having multiple personality disorder as well?
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I wish them luck and all, but the idea to me seems personally moot. Anything on a computer is essentially programmed by us. Incurring some random problematic/erratic behaviors is never truly as random like the human mind or a real schizophrenic patient for that matter. Still thought it was an interesting idea I would share with you all.
I like how random people on the internet think they're smarter than Yale scientists.

Clearly they're just wasting their time with this.
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I like how random people on the internet think they're smarter than Yale scientists.

Clearly they're just wasting their time with this.
If no person had a healthy amount of skepticism, who knows where we would be right now.




Probably still thinking everything revolved around the earth.
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I like how random people on the internet think they're smarter than Yale scientists.

Clearly they're just wasting their time with this.
I like how random people on the internet think their personal opinion is greater than another random persons opinion, and then a random person on the internet voices their opinion the former's opinion...

On topic:
It could be an interesting expierience in how schizophrenia plays out in a completely logic governed environment. If applied to a seach engine, it could yeild some very interesting results. (no pun intended)
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I like how random people on the internet think their personal opinion is greater than another random persons opinion, and then a random person on the internet voices their opinion the former's opinion...
Because the random person's opinion on the internet has as much credibility as a "random" Yale scientist.

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If no person had a healthy amount of skepticism, who knows where we would be right now.


Probably still thinking everything revolved around the earth.
You're looking at that completely backwards. The skeptic is the one who says a computer cannot provide useful information on how the brain functions. The one pushing scientific discovery is the one who believes such models are useful.
Edited by Iceman23 - 5/16/11 at 10:36am
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I wish them luck and all, but the idea to me seems personally moot. Anything on a computer is essentially programmed by us. Incurring some random problematic/erratic behaviors is never truly as random like the human mind or a real schizophrenic patient for that matter.t
But we can also program something to mimic things with GREAT accuracy. Take a flight simulator for example. If the model here is created using an understood process, it can bring to light things that would otherwise be non observable in a clinical psychological setting.

I don't think they are trying to mimic an entire brain, but rather small portions of its functioning. If this is based on a physical/chemical model that we understand, then it could have implications that can be applied back to the real brain. No simulation or model is a complete likeness.
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Because the random person's opinion on the internet has as much credibility as a "random" Yale scientist.
Well, in the end, it doesn't even matter...

On topic:
Nice idea, wonder how it works out.
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Brilliant; let's make the computers crazy before they take over!
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