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Cognitive Dynamics has long been, is, and will continue to be a dream, yet it is also a social cause, a long-term structured path, a physical entity, a symbolic entity [these also being always physical], a novel psychological superstructure, an ancient philosophical project, and finally, perhaps above all else, an enduring test of the virtues of self-efficacy—patience, courage, persistence, and perseverance.

Cognitive Dynamics was founded by Javier Simonpietri and bears no relation to General Dynamics, one of the world's largest weapons manufacturers.



Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Javier Simonpietri is a highly diversified, wise, and hairy primate, as well as a largely self-taught polymath who usually has a genius-level I.Q. beyond the measurable maximum and who found it opportune to pick the brains of his best professors.  An early-childhood fascination with mathematics and statistics paved the way for a lifelong love affair with economics and the price fluctuations of corporations and global financial markets, a pattern-recognition "hobby".  At 14, he took to programming, learning how to write HTML code in Notepad (yes, Notepad!), creating several terrible poetry blogs before the word "blog" even existed.  Terrible as these were, those sites nevertheless fueled his drive, and he read as much poetry as time permitted, often hundreds per week, along with historically invaluable classics such as The Praise of Folly by Erasmus of Rotterdam and The Prince by Machiavelli, selecting works to read through his own free will using [almost] only level of importance to Occidental culture as the measure by which these were selected.  Though shy and introverted back then, he never gave up on being—or suspended his efforts to become better as—a social animal.  As a result, it is tattooed into his brain that loyalty is given to people, not to ideas.

After being most hardworking Montessori kid his primary school had ever seen, Javier Simonpietri attended the best secondary school in Puerto Rico, graduating in 1999 achieving two of the top results for that year on both college entry exams given there (one in English—the SAT—and the other in Spanish) without studying for either.  Having been a Presidential Scholar candidate, he left to study Psychology at New York University as a Draper Scholar.  He would go on to obtain two separate masters simultaneously, one in Philosophy and another in Cognitive Science from the University of Chile. His doctoral studies were financed by the World Bank and the Government of Chile through the National Commission for Research in Science and Technology (CONICYT).

In 2011, Javier Simonpietri was chosen and financed as a Leader of Tomorrow for the 41st. St. Gallen Symposium, one of the world's top business and politics gatherings that is open to students, if not the best one. Also that year, he won a 1st Prize awarded by the University of Oxford for an essay on Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science, and the British Council financed his attendance to international congresses in United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and Brazil.

Javier has traveled to 40 countries and lived in 6.  Over his short span on this Earth, he has had many occupations, such as Travel Journalist, University Professor for 3 separate institutions, Educational Consultant, Management Consultant, ghost writer, after-school teacher to orphans, to name a few.

The name Cognitive Dynamics is derived from the empirically evidenced fact that minds are open dynamical systems and operate like open dynamical systems, such that minds do not function like computers (the computer metaphor is wrong), no mind is born logical or intrinsically thinks logically (human beings are not rational animals; logic is both an instrument and a skill that must be learned, analogous to reading and writing), functionalism is not an excuse for mind-body dualism, and Rationalism is, has always been, and will forever continue to be an incorrect basis for psychology or for understanding any minds (biological or artificial), regardless of whether that rationalism is inspired by Chomsky, Boole, Leibniz, Bayes, Descartes, Plato, Zarathustra (Zoroaster), or whomever else decides to give it another makeover in the future.

To be more precise:
"A dynamical system is a system in which a function describes the time dependence of a point in a geometrical space. Examples include the mathematical models that describe the swinging of a clock pendulum, the flow of water in a pipe, and the number of fish each springtime in a lake.

At any given time a dynamical system has a state given by a set of real numbers (a vector) that can be represented by a point in an appropriate state space (a geometrical manifold). The evolution rule of the dynamical system is a function that describes what future states follow from the current state. Often the function is deterministic; in other words, for a given time interval only one future state follows from the current state. However, some systems are stochastic, in that random events also affect the evolution of the state variables."  Thank you to the people who wrote this on Wikipedia

The most general formalization of a dynamical system is a tuple ( T, M, Φ) where T is a monoid, written additively, M is a set and Φ is a function, such that—

Broadest mathematical formalization and definition of any dynamical system
This is the broadest mathematical formalization & definition
of any dynamical system, thereby including every possible
formalization, be it the interaction between galaxies,
the movement of planets in our Solar System or any other,
the flight paths of migrating birds,  car traffic in any highway,
the paths of humans walking on a congested sidewalk,
any river's flow,  and also any mind, all human minds,
your mind, and how the water flushes down your toilet. 

I never said it was a simple definition. Why would you think that your mind is simple? Oh, wait, nevermind... damn rationalists...

Were you expecting to see a few connected boxes as describing what a mind is or how they work?  Did you think that you would see a box labeled "long-term memory" and another "working memory"?  Well, minds don't have boxes.  Minds don't even have long-term or short-term memory.  There isn't even a distinction between perception and cognition.

All memories are live reconstructions, carried out on the spot.  The very same networks that remember a category or an action also perceive that category or carry out that action.  If you lose the ability to see blue today, you won't be able to remember anything as ever having been blue or even truly comprehend what the word blue means beyond knowing that it is a color.  And yes, this actually can and does happen; it is a condition called cerebral achromatopsia.

Finally, if this website's color scheme freaks you out, consider that that it is intentional. Infrequent experiences are remembered longer and with more detail than frequent ones, yet the highest level of contrast between the words and the background was maintained equivalent to most pages by making the words white and the background black because a lower contrast would affect your ability to remember the information contained herein.

Enjoy the content on this site!  Our contents are constantly being updated to add new information to them, which makes it worthwhile for you to check in later and visit pages that you are already read. To those seeking help, advise or free assessment, note that there are no speed constraints. Do not try to hurry or manipulate to get a quicker response because that will cause for such a response to be given a lot later, up to many, many months in fact.  Consider it payback.     >8-D