Scientific work

"Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition."
- Adam Smith

"We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge can give us so much power."
- Bertrand Russell

"Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgments of all kinds remain necessary."
- Albert Einstein

Welcome

These pages present results of my scientific work so far and some preliminary thoughts on some of my scientific interests. My scientific knowledge is rather broad ranging from natural sciences and engineering to social and behavioral sciences. Some of the content is related to my university studies, whereas some other parts I have purely gained through extensive extracurricular studies.


Figure: My brain in the year 2004 after completing my thesis. Views from left to right: lateral, dorsal (cortex level), dorsal (eye level).

Before getting started with the content, I would like to briefly discuss my view about the goal of science and address the important difference between natural and humanistic sciences. The goal of natural sciences is to identify regularities and with the help of mathematics to formulate theories, which best describe and explain a natural phenomenon. Based on these theories one can better predict, how lifeless, i.e., non-intentional physical objects behave under specific conditions. On the other hand, the goal of humanistic sciences is not to predict, but to increase our understanding of human being related phenomena. Although it can be argued that the goal of psychological research is also prediction, one must realize that most of the humanistic sciences rely on simplistic statistical analysis of isolated results, which are not based on underlying models or theories such as in natural sciences. Thus, as long as there is not a sufficient and mathematically solid methodology for cognitive models and emergent phenomena, the goal of humanistic sciences should indeed be improving the holistic understanding of human beings by formulating qualitative theories. This is often misunderstood by natural scientists, who critique the simplicity of humanistic research paradigm and its results.

The most extensive theme of these pages is Turing systems, which I studied for four and half years while working on my doctoral thesis. The other theme is computational psychology, which would have become the primary focus of my research had I continued at the academia after finishing my doctoral thesis. My other scientific interest lie in media violence, intelligence and criminal psychology (especially organized crime and criminal profiling). If you would like to know more about the work presented on these pages or my work on the other areas, I welcome you to send me feedback or questions with the contact form found from the main page.