My First Conjecture on The Difference Between Humans and Other Species in Animalia Kingdom

It is metacognition. It is beyond consciousness, beyond the recognition of the "self", and beyond free wills. I don't say that it always appears on humans as individuals, but it is there: it is either activated or dormant.

My Current Observation on Humans' Cooperation Behavior

I know that when you have some people gathering and you have a some leaders among them, you can make them cooperate by indicating that the leaders will be punished if some tasks are not accomplished in that group. In a game theory, you can also make people cooperate by telling them that it is not a one-time game between them, it will be recurrent. However, just a week ago I found a bizarre phenomenon about a creation of a pseudo kinship, and I am part of it. The thing is that, the prospect of the game is not really clear, yet we cooperate and still last until now. There's no clear punishments whatsoever made by the committee of the event given to threat the leaders. I'm still wondering the causes underlying this cooperation. It is now one of my missions :))

Why There Is No Research on Emotion Detection with Olfactory-System-Inspired Technique


I remember when I watched Mr. Sapolsky's lecture on the limbic system a month ago. It was so fascinating to know that the understanding of the limbic system was preceded by the understanding of olfactory bulb in rats. He then said that "....not an emotion on earth that's not intertwined with olfaction". Reading many papers and book in the area of affective computing made me overconfident that I might be the groundbreaker person that came out with the idea of automatic emotion detection that would take smell as a feature. This is because not a single research that I have read has taken into account the smells to predict emotions. Most of them talk about facial appearance changes that can imply emotions or about natural language, either they are written or spoken. However, lately, I realized that I might not be the first one that invented this idea. I, in the other hand, started to think that maybe it is not that none has the same idea; maybe it is just because the tools the research will depend on has not been fully developed yet.

Recreating the "Selfies Still Sell" for the Year of 2019


At the end of this year, I recreate my just-for-fun research that I also did in the late last year. From my 108 Instagram posts (image only), my data showed me that the post with natural faces got more likes. In the other hand, the posts that contained merely about ideas (meaning not containing natural faces) got fewer likes (see the graphic below).

My First Theory on Feelings and Emotions LoL

Feelings are like climate or weather. Some feelings are like weathers: temporary, volatile, and contextual. I think we can call this kind of feelings as emotions. Meanwhile, some other feelings are like climate: more stable and happen almost everywhere the subjects are. I haven't had a name for this kind of feeling, but for one feeling in this category, maybe we can call it passion or desire. 

My Suggestion for The Climate Change: Consume Less and Die Happily


Climate change has been a big issue since when I was younger. However, the peak of the people's reaction to the issue has appeared this year since a couple of months ago. Greta Thunberg, a sixteen years old girl from Sweden, has marched to all over the world, even in the United Nations Head Quarter Office in New York, to make people aware and panic about climate change. Soon, her moving speech about how her generation will suffer because of this phenomenon if it is not stopped has inspired a massive number of people, old and young, to do the same activism that she does on streets. In Indonesia, the same energy has also arisen. University students from many cities made some protests to their government related to climate change at the same time protesting about the new drafts for some important legislation changes, implying that they are the same urgent agendas to be solved. This happened particularly after the big fire that destroyed Indonesian forests lately. Despite this indignance, a good friend of mine turns out having a different opinion. He said that we are doomed anyway remembering a physics theory that the Universe tends to maximize entropies. I know that theory and I perfectly understand that we cannot avoid that: we will be eaten by a black hole, collapsed to a big asteroid, unable to get any more energy because all of the stars will die, or many other possibilities. Nonetheless, I guess I would prefer to die in a beautiful and clean place in a healthy condition rather than to die after being sick for years because of inhaling too much air pollutions. When we are going to be in chaos no matter what, we can, I believe, slow down that progress by consuming things less. I will explain this idea in three examples.


Why We should Wait for Marriage to Have Sex (Backed by Science)


Westerners and Easterners have different perceptions on how to deal with sex urges, particularly about having sexual intercourse before marriage. Westerners generally accept the culture of sex before marriage, in dating or even hook-ups. Even though some Easterners are OK with that, the discussions about this remains taboo and unacceptable. I am lucky to several time have some real discussions with several Westerners about this culture. When I was asked about why I should hold on, even without the absence of the desire to do so, I replied that I'm not allowed, the religion reason. However, I can still see the big question on their minds, moreover when they do not embrace the same principles that have been planted to the Easterners heads since we were just kids. When we have different roots, it's difficult to share the understandings. Recently, somehow I got the answers incidentally when I learned about humans behaviors, and I would like to share you about this. As a disclaimer, this article does not mean to judge your choices of life, some dimensions and circumstances work differently between people and I understand that.


Was Alain de Botton Right on How We Choose Our Partner?

toxic relationship

From his video series in The School of Life, at least several times I caught on how Alain de Botton thinks about human behavior on finding their partner. According to de Botton, humans are only attracted to, even when we agree that we are free to choose our partners, certain type of people. Here, we tend to choose familiar people. This is because, said de Botton, that we want to recreate the feeling of love that we experienced when we were just small. The negative impact of this kind of behavior is that we choose difficult partners. So, there could be a case when instead we choose the kind ones, we choose those who fulfill our needs for suffering in similar ways that we got in our childhood. However, just because this guy talked on Ted and also has a channel that nearly reaches 5 million subscribers, should we just automatically believe in what he says? To know the answer, particularly about this idea of choosing a partner, I did a small research on Instagram. Does the result counter the notion that de Botton brought?

Do People Around Me Tend to be Tournament or Pair-Bonding Species? :))

tournamet species

It began from my curiosity about the genetic algorithm that I decided to learn more about biology. After that decision, it's like that every day comes with new dissonances. Knowing that animal behaviors are readable was actually hard enough for me, till knowing a kind of species that are called Tournament species. As a fairy-tale believer and infused-with-romanticism species since when I was just a kid, it was the hardest LoL. Did reality just ruin my life? Okay, if humans are in-between these two categories, somewhere between tournament species and pair-bonding species, at least what about in my social circle? What is the probability of me getting the pair-bonding-tended man? This maybe sound cringy, but I really did a small research to find out the answer.

Selfies Still Sell


At the end of 2018, I got an eye-opening finding from my Instagram posts. From 136 posts (image only), my data showed me that the post with natural faces got more likes. In the other hand, the posts that contained merely about ideas (meaning not containing natural faces) got fewer likes. The results can be charted as follows.