The Hierarch of Cosyne

Attention warning: I appear to be in the list-making and ranking mood, lately. This list is probably not 100% accurate. This is from every Cosyne except 2012 & 2013 (seriously, get the list of posters up in a non-PDF form, I ain’t scraping that.)

I thought that a good way to get a handle on who is active in the computational neuroscience community would be to see who presents the most posters at Cosyne. Presumably, the more active you are, the more posters that you will have. There are obvious biases here: bigger labs will have more posters, international researchers have a harder time making it to Cosyne, and some people (eg Terry Sejnowski) just aren’t interested in showing up. So take this for what it is.

cosyne names

This year the winner of the ‘Most Posters’ award (aka, The Hierarch of Cosyne) was Wulfram Gerstner with 6 posters, followed by Jonathan Pillow, Tatyana Sharpee, and Maneesh Sahani with 5.

Historically, the number of posters follows a power law (with obeisance given to Cosma Shalizi, noting this is probably not a power law and I’m too lazy to test it.)

Here is the ranking of most Cosyne posters aka the “Pope of Cosyne” award – remember that I’m unfortunately omitting 2012-2013:

(32) Liam Paninski

(22) Maneesh Sahani

(18) Jonathan Pillow

(16) Wei Ji Ma

(15) Paul Schrater, Markus Meister

(14) Masato Okada, Peter Dayan

(13) Wulfram Gerstner, Vijay Balasubramanian, Mate Lengyel, Zach Mainen, Alexendre Pouget, Krishnan Shenoy

I was going to make a connectivity diagram but I realized I have no idea how! If anyone has a tool that is easy to use, let me know.

(Incidentally, the most common last name was ‘Wang’ followed by ‘Paninski’)

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Books to read “in able to have a basic conversation”

Warning: No neuroscience or ecology or economics, just me posting something I want to save for personal interest. I try to keep this blog relatively on-topic, but hey, it’s the holidays.

I may be a scientist, but my personal interests tend to the philosophy-history-literature axis of things. The problem is, there is always so much to read! Right now I’m on a classic in Polish literature (something I only recently discovered exists).

Here is a list of books that Joseph Brodsky thinks you should read before you can have a basic conversation with him. As an example, here is a personalized reading list:

Simone WeilThe Need for Roots

Lev ShestovAthens and Jerusalem

Hannah Arendt,The Origins of Totalitarianism

Andrey Platonov, The Foundation Pit [PERSONAL NOTE: I hated this book.]

George Santayana, Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies 

E.M. CioranThe Temptation to Exist

Søren KierkegaardEither/Or

Alternatively, here is a collection of syllabi from 10 famous authors. Possibly the best syllabi: