January Update

I wanted to get this out on time, I really did, but basically everything happened at the beginning of February. I've only just gotten out from midterms and CS 210 project work, so now I can do some writing.

The first half of January started off fairly easy. CS 210 started with Java concepts I'd kind of seen before, and a lot of my Psych classes were rehashes of things I'd seen in Psych 101.

As the month went on, CS 210 ramped up. The concepts started to go beyond 110, and all my work started to become more difficult, but more interesting. Towards the end of the month, I was able to start really considering my project, which is going to implement the game Minoquar by Daniel Solis. (I'll explain more in my next update.)

My Psych classes similarly became more interesting, but a lot more work. Psycholinguistics had a project on speech transcription, which we've been using in group discussions in class. Cognitive Psychology hasn't added a lot of work, because it's pretty focused on big assignments, but the concepts around perception have gotten pretty in-depth.

Cognitive Systems has been... interesting. I'm seeing a lot of what other people have seen in the course. It is very messy, and part of that is the multiple instructors. But another big part of that is the current focus on philosophy. I suspect teaching philosophy is difficult to make clear, because it's all about questions on top of questions, but I really don't feel like my instructor is doing much towards that. On the other hand, a lot of the questions, like "What counts as intelligence" are genuinely very interesting.

In any case, I'm working my way through it all, and I'm keeping up pretty well. I'll have a lot more to say about February, though. See you then!

(Picture above by atoano44 on Reddit. Original photo available here.)

February 14, 2020
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