jithin pradeep Cognitive Research Scientist | Artificial general intelligence enthusiast

How can extremely visualized clue effect cognitive function used for analysis - Astronomers think they’ve just discovered an Interstellar black hole

Interesting, watching the video made me exited to find something like interstellar black hole being out there but it just raised a question as well. Spinning black hole like in the movie of interstellar, the team admit the explanation to be by far off right now. But would they have considered the idea even, if they have not watched the movie. How much effect does visualized idea like the one in the movie are grounded into our brain plays a biased role in human cognitive function like perception, thinking and decision-making etc.

The grounded representation of the spinning black hole could had a deep root, being belonging to a sci-fi concept with a visualization of high quality this must have helped them rediscovered it faster than they would have done, for if they have not watched the movie. There is one concern as well, with such an impactful impression would it play a role of bias in our cognitive function. Does these kind of grounded representation lead us to make decision which our brain might find logical but which belong in the deep fantasy world of fiction. Starting points are always important in a study but a turning point like this one might be the wrong turn we don’t want to take.

I would like to note that in the article “the spinning black hole concept” was just the start, the article is more about the impact of high quality visualization and I am not the right person to say anything about the initial finding and analysis made, as they believe it can be true. It does make sense that the phenomena can be only be accomplished by a spinning black hole rather than a stationary one. If some one ask me to name two mysteries I would go after, it will be human brain and our majestic universe.

Video : Astronomers think they’ve just discovered an ‘Interstellar’ black hole