Questions On Human Behavior & Psychology

1) Why do people have such emotional bonds to household pets? what is it about dogs & cats’ behavior that seems to appealing to human being to form a deep bond with an animal?

I feel that these specific animals display behaviors very similar to humans in a way that we identify with such as being scared of silly things (think of america’s funniest videos of cats jumping when their human owners scare them or how cats get so completely absorbed playing with a toy just like humans do) or somewhat identifiable facial expressions (for example dogs tilt their heads when listening carefully just like humans do).

2) Can humans ever truly be creative in a way that only humans do?

I lean towards no because robots learn how to process things but humans have a fundamental imperfection to them that adds to their creativity instead of taking away from it. Robots not learn to make mistakes like a human does. Though humans are not robots, we all operate with a specific system and set of behaviors which is subject to change with experiences, & obtaining of new information (whether accurate or not).

–> Citation 1: in an interview, Jimi Hendrix noted that how he practices and maintains his level of skill & creativity is by constantly “jamming” (means to actively create musical compositions in an unstructured manner). He also noted that he makes many mistakes, even if the listeners can’t understand it, he makes many mistakes which he even noted himself is the root of many new musical ideas he wouldn’t have found had he not make a mistake in a previous attempt to compose a new piece.

–> Citation 2: Robots are taught how to think by direct input of the engineers of said machine, but robots are not taught how to draw inspiration from emotions or life experiences because robots do not have a deeper connection to reality. Robots can create compositions by listening and learning from other compositions but they can not make new compositions from: 1) its personal mistakes, 2) life experiences, 3) emotions, 4) other subject areas that have nothing to do with music (For example: jimi hendrix was a huge fan of scifi novels and reading a scifi novel about a purple cloud infecting people’s minds and turning them into zombies inspired his song called “purple haze”).

The Last Of Us Video Game

This past week I took an interest in the psychology of groups of people stuck in a situation of survival & followed 2 very popular video games, specifically “The last of us” where an older man bonds with a young girl who he is supposed to deliver to a group of people in a post apocalyptic scenario. He loses his daughter and over the course of the odyssey they experience he bonds with the young girl.

–> This video game in particular fed into my theory for the robotic creativity because I watched a mini series on video game designers explaining why this was one of the top games and he explained that it was about the humanistic characteristics of the characters. (For example: in the video game, the young girl has many “random” thoughts that she verbally expresses in a human way. She says: “ya know, I really wanted to be an astronaut” to which the protagonists’ character replies: “oh yea?”.) it was these little “random” conversations that fed my theory of robotic creativity because they way that the human mind has these moments of random thought are also what feeds our creativity in some way.

–> potential questions: why do hardships or overcoming of problems make strong bonds between some humans? why is it that the things that make humans open to bonding with each other are these small moments of random thought sharing?


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