Papers
2007-2008
Vladimir A. Lefebvre and Yuri N. Efremov, "Cosmic Intelligence and Black
Holes." WORLD FUTURE, The Journal of General Evolution, 2008, Vol. 30, pp. 65-72.
This paper is devoted to a new direction in SETI. After a general discussion of the
field, the authors put forth the hypothesis that the black holes may serve as a
physical substratum for intelligent beings. This hypothesis is based on four
parallels between the brain-psyche system, on the one hand, and black holes, on
the other. (1) The descriptions of brain and psyche, in the system brain-psyche,
are complementary to each other, as descriptions by internal and external
observers of a black hole in Susskind-'Hooft's schema. (2) There is an aspect of the
inner structure of a black hole in Kerr's model of the rotating black hole that is
isomorphic to the structure of the human subjective domain in the psychological
model of reflexion. (3) Both black holes and the brain-psyche system have a facet
that can be represented using thermodynamic concepts. (4) The brain lends itself
to a holographic description; as it has been recently demonstrated by Susskind,
black holes can also be described holographically. The authors speculate that the
intelligent black holes can generate other black holes by triggering creation of
massive stars from which new black holes arise after the stars' collapse. In addition,
the authors analyze certain strange phenomena related to the birth of young
massive stars that may or may not be connected with such triggering.
Vladimir A. Lefebvre and Federico Sanabria, "Matching by Fixing and Sampling:
A local Model Based on Internality."
Behavioral Processes, 2008, No. 2, pp. 204-209.Undermatching and overmatching in
concurrent schedules of reinforcement have been traditionally described as
changes in the slope of the Generalized Matching Law function. More recently,
Baum, Schwendiman, and Bell (1999) suggested that deviations from strict
matching may be better described as following a policy of mostly fixing on the
preferred schedule, and occasionally sampling the alternative schedule. So far, no
model of local performance predicts the global outcome of this policy. We
describe one such model based on parsimonious assumptions of the internal state
of the organism and mechanisms of reinforcement attribution. Formally, the model
is analogous to the Axiom of Repeated Choice (Lefebvre, 2004, "Bipolarity, Choice
and Entro-Field." In: Proceeding of the Eighth Multi-Conference on Systemic,
Cybernetics, and Informatics, Vol. IV, pp. 95-99).
Vladimir A. Lefebvre, “A reflexive agent in a social group.”
Reflexive Processes and Control, 2007, Vol. 7, No.1, pp. 102-116 (translated from Russian).
In this paper, we introduce a model of an agent, who is a member of a group and
to whose choice is influenced by other members. The agent possesses a system
of imaged of the self, a structure of which is predetermined by the number of
group members and their relationships to each other. The model allows us to
predict limitations that the group imposes on the agent’s choice.
V.A. Lefebvre and Jonathan Farley, “The Torturer’s Dilemma: A Theoretical
Analysis of the Societal Consequences of Torturing Terrorist Suspects”.
Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 2007, Vol. 30, No. 7, pp. 635-646.
Terrorism today is one of the main threats to Western civilization. Almost as dire
a threat is the fight against terrorism itself. A broad spectrum of antiterrorism
measures may significantly change the nature of society by destroying those
forms of cooperative activity that underlie Western culture. This threat becomes
obvious with an analysis of mathematical models of human moral behavior.
2007-2008
2007-2008