New Release Books by Yair Neuman

Yair Neuman is the author of How Small Social Systems Work (2021), Conceptual Mathematics and Literature (2020), Mathematical Structures of Natural Intelligence (2017), Shakespeare for the Intelligence Agent (2016) and other 4 books.

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How Small Social Systems Work

release date: Aug 25, 2021
How Small Social Systems Work
Most of us are intuitively familiar with small social systems, such as families and soccer teams. Surprisingly, though, most of us are unaware of how complex these systems are or of the fact that they have a unique character distinguishing them from both populations and individuals. The current manuscript, which emerged from high-level scientific publications on the subject, aims to bridge this gap in our understanding of small social systems. The book aims to explain, illustrate, and model the unique and fascinating nature of small (social) systems by relying on deep scientific foundations and by using examples from sport, movies, music, and the martial arts. To support its friendly exposition of challenging scientific ideas, the book also discusses entertaining questions such as (1) why inviting your mother-in-law to dinner might be a challenging event, for reasons you have never considered; (2) why soccer teams should be messy in order to win; (3) why Nazis are deeply wrong in their understanding of the importance of entropy; and (4) why “panda fighters” failed in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). "How Small Systems Work is a welcome book, which sheds light on a branch of mathematics overlooked by scholars: how networks store information. Focusing on small systems, the book asks fundamental questions, providing the tools (and the examples) for answering them –with fun. Neuman analyses, with plenty of humor, the dynamics of a family of cats, the pleasure of listening to jazz, and the science behind football championships, while uncovering hidden gems in the history of cinema” Dr. Mario Alemi, author of “The Amazing Journey of Reason: from DNA to Artificial Intelligence”

Conceptual Mathematics and Literature

release date: Dec 17, 2020
Conceptual Mathematics and Literature
"When as young children we first start to read, we enjoy the experience in the most basic and intuitive sense. We are moved by The Last of the Mohicans (Cooper, 1826/ 1986), fascinated by The Jungle Book (Kipling, 2013) and thrilled by The Hound of the Baskervilles (Doyle, 2016). No difficulty is evident, at least from our perspective as naive readers. However, when we grow up and are socialized as reflective individuals, our old new friend, the text, appears in a new light. It becomes an object that requires interpretation, explanation and understanding. Our trust in the text as naive readers may be replaced with deep suspicion or a distant analytical stance. The text might become an object of conspiracy (for example, if we read Fenimore Cooper as representing a colonialist perspective) or of analytical observation (for example, if we analyze it similarly to a mathematical riddle or a frog in a biology lesson). In both cases, the aesthetic experience is lost with our cherished childish enchantment"--

Mathematical Structures of Natural Intelligence

release date: Dec 01, 2017
Mathematical Structures of Natural Intelligence
This book uncovers mathematical structures underlying natural intelligence and applies category theory as a modeling language for understanding human cognition, giving readers new insights into the nature of human thought. In this context, the book explores various topics and questions, such as the human representation of the number system, why our counting ability is different from that which is evident among non-human organisms, and why the idea of zero is so difficult to grasp. The book is organized into three parts: the first introduces the general reason for studying general structures underlying the human mind; the second part introduces category theory as a modeling language and use it for exposing the deep and fascinating structures underlying human cognition; and the third applies the general principles and ideas of the first two parts to reaching a better understanding of challenging aspects of the human mind such as our understanding of the number system, the metaphorical nature of our thinking and the logic of our unconscious dynamics.

Shakespeare for the Intelligence Agent

release date: Nov 22, 2016
Shakespeare for the Intelligence Agent
Provocative and engaging, this text invites you into a unique thought experiment, using portraits from some of Shakespeare’s most stirring works to illustrate how our psychological understanding of human nature and personality can be significantly enriched through literature.

Computational Personality Analysis

release date: Aug 30, 2016
Computational Personality Analysis
The emergence of intelligent technologies, sophisticated natural language processing methodologies and huge textual repositories, invites a new approach for the challenge of automatically identifying personality dimensions through the analysis of textual data. This short book aims to (1) introduce the challenge of computational personality analysis, (2) present a unique approach to personality analysis and (3) illustrate this approach through case studies and worked-out examples. This book is of special relevance to psychologists, especially those interested in the new insights offered by new computational and data-intensive tools, and to computational social scientists interested in human personality and language processing.

Introduction to Computational Cultural Psychology

release date: Feb 06, 2014
Introduction to Computational Cultural Psychology
Human psychology is deeply rooted in the culture in which people live. Introduction to Computational Cultural Psychology introduces a revolutionary approach for studying cultural psychology. Drawing on novel computational tools and in-depth case studies, Professor Yair Neuman offers thought-provoking answers to questions such as: how are thought and language deeply related? How can computers help us to understand different cultures? How can computers assist military intelligence in identifying vengeful intentions? And how is our concept of ''love'' rooted in our basic embodied experience? Written by a leading interdisciplinary researcher this book is a "tour-de-force" which will be of interest to a variety of researchers, students and practitioners in psychology as well as an interdisciplinary audience with an interest in the intricate web weaved between the human psyche and its cultural context.

Processes and Boundaries of the Mind

release date: Mar 11, 2013
Processes and Boundaries of the Mind
The author of this volume explores questions of mind, reality, knowledge and signification in a provocative, stimulating and humorous way. Drawing on various domains such as systems research, semiotics, philosophy, and complexity sciences, he touches basic questions of our Being-in-the-World as cognate creatures, and presents a novel theory of the mind as a boundary phenomenon.

Reviving the Living

release date: Aug 30, 2011
Reviving the Living
Reviving the Living: Meaning Making in Living Systems presents a novel perspective that relates to current biological knowledge and issues. Written by polymath Dr. Yair Neuman, the book challenges the dogmas that frame our understanding of living systems and presents a radical alternative approach to understanding the world around us, one that avoids the pitfalls of non-scientific perspectives such as Vitalism and Creationism. In this thought provoking and iconoclastic manuscript, Neuman follows the footsteps of Gregory Bateson, Mikhail Bakhtin, Michael Polanyi and others, to suggest that living systems are meaning making systems. The book delves into the unique processes of meaning making that characterize organisms as a unique category of nature, and offers new and fascinating insights into a variety of enigmatic biological phenomena from immune memory to hidden life (cryptobiosis). It consists of four parts divided into 18 chapters and covers topics ranging from reductionism and its pitfalls to genetics; why organisms are irreducible; immunology; meaning making in language and biology; meaning-bridging the gap between physics and semantics; context and memory; and the poetry of living. Core concepts and themes are illustrated using examples based in current science. This text would be of high interest to biologists, philosophers, cognitive scientists, psychologists, and semioticians, as well as to any reflective individual who is willing to examine the realm of the living from a novel and fascinating perspective. * Presents a novel perspective that relates to current biological knowledge and issues * Poses thought provoking ideas for theoretical biologists, those studying philosophy of science and the mind, cognitive scientists, semioticians, and people involved with Artificial Intelligence. * Includes examples based in current science to illustrate core concepts and themes
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