Welcome to Captain Mnemo's world!

Last update: July 14, 2014

This site is in no sense under construction. As you probably know, Captain Mnemo has had a Web page for initiated people and cephalopods ever since he retired to his submerged existence in 1898. (It even happened from time to time that fishermen got unexplainable messages in their net, which made them feel that the waters were really binhexed). Now he feels that the time has come to share his wisdom and wit with us Surface Surfers. Here is what he offers us:

Helge Malmgren's official homepage at the University of Gothenburg

Then, on this page:
An even shorter, but more personal biography of the captain
His scientific interests and downloadable writings
Other products from Captain Mnemo's workshop 

Apple II Nostalgia Section

A relatively recent image of the Captain on the shore 

Biographical data for Helge Malmgren

Born in Valdemarsvik (on the Swedish Eastcoast) in 1945. B.A. in theoretical philosophy, mathematics and theoretical physics in 1963. Ph.D. in theoretical philosophy 1971. Took his M.D. in 1980 and worked as a psychiatrist during a couple of years in the 80's. Now emeritus professor in theoretical philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg (a.k.a. Göteborg University), Sweden.

The Captain has two nice children of 37 and 34 (girls of course) and through them two grandchildren, Ida and Viggo. He is now sharing his landbased life in Hålanda with Lena, art teacher (recently retired) at the Rudolf Steiner School in Göteborg. Plus a varying number of cats (here is old Ludwig, who is now hunting mice in a better world, and here is the adventurous Rufus). The Captain's scarce spare time ashore is used, among other things, for nature video and audio recordings.

 His scientific interests

These are broad - too broad, some say. First, first philosophy - that is, epistemology and metaphysics, especially the nature of mind and self-knowledge, and Moore's theory of knowledge. Then, the problem of intentionality and mental representation. Wittgenstein's theories about this. Then again, the mysteries of the brain - especially memory mechanisms and the nature of time consciousness. Memory disturbances due to brain damage. Other aspects of organic psychiatry. The etiology of schizophrenia. The interface between philosophy and psychiatry. The relations between perception and action, and (a related issue!) the Rorschach test - a wonderful Gestalt psychological experiment revealing many facts about the brain's workings. The emotional significance of music, and also of birdsong. Finally, true-to-life and truly artificial artificial neural networks and their use in the analysis of medical data, including CT and MR images of the brain.

Maybe you can see a thin red thread running through all this (I can). But then, what about environmental ethics, quality of life after epilepsy surgery, the relation of ethics to economics, and alienation? I think the thread has broken down now (although the red certainly remains...).

Last but not least, Captain Mnemo was of course an ardent defender of The Modern Project long before it was so named.

If you want a taste of the essential Captain Mnemo, I recommend the following dishes. First some of the oldfashioned, printed stuff (for more of this, see his official homepage and the publication list there):

Internal relations in the analysis of consciousness (Theoria 41, 1975).

Immediate knowledge of other minds (Theoria 42, 1976).

Förstå och Förklara
(Explanation and Understanding. In Swedish. Doxa, Lund 1978.)
Immediate Knowledge. A Study in G.E. Moore's Epistemology. Doxa, Lund 1983.

Psychiatric classification: the status of so-called ”diagnostic criteria” . In L. Nordenfelt & B. I. B. Lindahl eds, Health, Disease and Causal Explanation in Medicine. Reidel 1984.

Medicinsk Etik (Medical Ethics, in Swedish. Almqvist & Wiksell, Stockholm 1990).

Lindqvist, G & Malmgren, H., Organisk Psykiatri (Organic Psychiatry, in Swedish. Almqvist & Wiksell, Stockholm 1990).

Learning by natural resonance (Göteborg Psychological Reports 21:6, 1991)

Lindqvist, G & Malmgren, H., Classification and Diagnosis of Organic Mental Disorders (= Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 88, Suppl. 373, 1993).

Rorschach's Idea of a "Movement" Response in the Light of Recent Philosophy and Psychology of Perception. Rorschachiana: Yearbook of the International Rorschach Society 24, 2000, pp. 1-27.

Hypotesen om schizofreni som en "hjärnsjukdom" återstår att visa (The hypothesis that schizophrenia is a "brain disease" remains to be proven. In Swedish). Läkartidningen 204 (2007), 2152-5. In Swedish.

Inlärning och minne i neurala nätverk (Learning and Memory in Neural Networks. In Swedish). Studentlitteratur, Lund 2007.

Malmgren, H. & Nilsson, I., Consciousness. In Darity, W.A. Jr (ed). International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2d ed, Vol 2, 78-82. Macmillan Reference, Detroit 2008.

C. Eckerström, E. Olsson, M. Borga, S. Ekholm, S. Ribbelin, S. Rolstad, G. Starck, Å. Edman, A. Wallin, H. Malmgren, Small baseline volume of left hippocampus is associated with subsequent conversion of MCI into dementia: The Göteborg MCI study. Journal of the Neurological Sciences 272, 1-2 (2008), 48-59.

Identifying and individuating the psychological mechanisms that underlie musical emotions. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31, 5 (2008), 587-8.

Björnsdotter Åberg, M., Nalin, K., Hansson, L.-E. & Malmgren, H., Support vector machine diagnosis of acute abdominal pain. Communications in Computer and Information Science 52 (2010), 347-55.

Malmgren, H., Haglund, B., Thorén, H. & Radovic, S., A philosophical view on concepts in psychiatry. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 33 (2010), 66–72.

Malmgren, H. & Wigström, H., Var sitter minnet? (Where is memory located? In Swedish.) In J. Allwood och M. Jensen (red), Kognitionsvetenskap, Lund, Studentlitteratur (2012), s. 203-218.

Vickhoff, B. , Malmgren, H. , Åström, R. et al. (2013). Music structure determines heart rate variability of singers. Frontiers in Psychology. 4 article no 334.

And here are some downloadable (or should it be uploadable?) works by the Captain:         
Lindqvist G, Malmgren H. Organic Mental Disorders as Hypothetical Pathogenetic Processes.  Acta Psychiatr Scand 1993: 88: Suppl 373: 5-17. Full text (pdf).

Without a proper definition, you do not see the phenomenon. The history of a missing diagnosis. Lecture at the AAPP conference Consciousness and its pathologies, San Diego 1997.

Quantifying Quality of Life. Poster, 22nd International Epilepsy Congress, Dublin 1997.

Perceptual fulfilment and temporal sequence learning. Poster at The Brain and Self Workshop: Towards a Science of Consciousness, Elsinore 1997.

A longitudinal pilot study of the Rorschach as a neuropsychological instrument.  Research into Rorschach and Projective Methods, Swedish Rorschach Society 1997.

Epilepsy, economics and ethics. Lecture at the 3d European Congress of Epileptology,Warszawa 1998.

Moving towards the other. The relevance of Hermann Rorschach's method for the philosophy of perception.  Poster at Towards a Science of Consciousness: the "Tucson III" conference, Tucson, Arizona 1998.

Radovic, S. & Malmgren, H., Fatigue and fatigability - semantic and etiologic perspectives. Poster at the ASSC-2 conference, Bremen 1998.

Colour shock - does it exist, and does it depend on colour? Summary of lecture at the 16th International Congress of Rorschach and Projective Methods, Amsterdam, July 19-24, 1999.

The "internal/external" metaphor in the philosophy of mind. Poster, Towards a Science of Consciousness: "Tucson IV", Tucson, Arizona 2000.

Malmgren, K. & Malmgren, H., Illness, experienced health and quality of life in severe epilepsy. Originally in: Self-rated Health in a European Perspective, FRN, Stockholm 2000.

Artificial Neural Networks in Medicine and Biology. Introductory lecture at the ANNIMAB-1 conference, Göteborg 2000.

Representations can re-present. Notes on unsupervised online learning in sleep-wake systems with continuous attractors  Oral presentation at the Fifth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston, May 31-June 2, 2001.

Moores bevis för yttervärldens existens (Moore's proof of an external world). Lecture at Filosofidagarna, Stockholm 2001 (in Swedish).

Bodily experience and visual art  Synopsis of lecture at Lysebu, Oslo, January 13, 2002.

Conditions for forced learning of graded responses  Poster presentation at the Sixth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston, May 30-June 1, 2002. Pdf format.

Review of Staddon, J.E.R., Adaptive Dynamics. Metapsychological Online Reviews, 2002.

Lived body, lived time, and emotion  Synopsis of lecture at Towards a Science of Consciousness, Prague, July 6-9 2003.

Time and the body schema  Poster at Philosophy, Phenomenology and Psychiatry, Göteborg, November 15-16, 2003.

Why the past is sometimes perceived, and not only remembered  Poster at the Eighth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston, May 19-22, 2004.

The manifest image. In: Ursus Philosophicus, Göteborg 2004.

Phenomenology, perception and art. Lecture at Illnes in Context, Oslo, October 27-29, 2004. Downloadable Powerpoint file.

Why Husserl’s ’retention’ is not a form of memory. Oral presentation at Time, Memory and History: 7th International Conference on Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychopathology. Heidelberg, September 23-26, 2004.

Review of Galaburda, A.M. et al, The Languages of the Brain. Metapsychological Online Reviews, 2004.

The theoretical basis of the biopsychosocial model. In P.D. White, Biopsychosocial Medicine: An integrated approach to understanding illness, 21-38. Oxford University Press 2005.

Vickhoff, B. & Malmgren, H., Why does music move us? Göteborg 2005.

The embodied mind. Brief synopsis of lecture at the International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy 2005 (ICCP 2005). Göteborg, June 13-15, 2005.

Lokalisation av psykiska funktioner och dysfunktioner med hjärnavbildningsmetoder (Localization of mental functions and dysfuntions with brain imaging methods). Lecture at the annual meeting of Sveriges Neuropsykologers Förening, Göteborg, Nov. 18, 2005. Downloadable Powerpoint file, in Swedish.

Descartes' visdom (Descartes' wisdom). Synopsis of lecture at Svenska Läkaresällskapets Riksstämma, Stockholm 2005. In Swedish.

Presentations, representations and learning. In: Kvantifikator för en Dag, Göteborg 2006.

Perception and action – what are the connections? Presentation at the cognitive science symposium KVIT 2006, Linköping University, May 10, 2006 (downloadable Powerpoint file).

The essential connection between representation and learning. Poster at the 10th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC-10), Oxford, June 23-26, 2006.

Is schizophrenia a brain disease? Oral presentation at Philosophy, Psychiatry and the Neurosciences: 9th International Conference on Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychopathology. Leiden, June 29, 2006.

Subjektiva sannolikheter (Subjective probabilities). Lecture at Filosofidagarna, Umeå, Sweden, June 8-10, 2007. In Swedish.

Eckerström, C., Olsson, E., Rolstad, S., Edman, Å., Wallin, A. & H. Malmgren, The Göteborg MCI study – absolute and normalized hippocampal volumes in the prediction of dementia. Poster presentation at Svenska Läkaresällskapets Riksstämma, Stockholm, November 28-30, 2007.

Memory, emotion and brain injury. Some lessons from classical “organic” psychiatry. Poster presentation at the 12th International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston, MA, May 14-17, 2008.

Review of B. Uttl et al, Memory and Emotion. Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Metapsychology Online Reviews, 12:32 (2008).

Nalin, K., Malmgren, H., Gunnarsson, U., Laurell, H., Åberg, M. & L.-E. Hansson, Automatic Computer-Based Diagnosis in Acute Abdominal Pain. Poster presentation at Medicinteknikdagarna, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 14-15, 2008.

Review of R. Cooper, Psychiatry and Philosophy of Science. Metapsychology Online Reviews, 13:9 (2009).

Kropp, själ och psykisk sjukdom: ett möte mellan filosofi och psykiatri. Poster, Faculty of Arts, University of Gothenburg (2010)

Wittgensteins bildteori för språket. (Wittgenstein's picture theory of language, 2010.  First half of a planned book on Wittgenstein's theories of meaning.)

Review of Ihsan M. Salloum and Juan E. Mezzich (Editors), Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects. Metapsychological Online Reviews, 15:12 (2011).

Filosofi och psykiatri. Rapport från en konferens (Philosophy and Psychiatry. Report from a conference. In Swedish). Svensk Psykiatri 2012, pp. 26-27.

Review - Inner Experience and Neuroscience. Merging Both Perspectives. Metapsychology Online Reviews, 17 :32 (2013)

A few other downloadable files of limited interest, but in unlimited supply...

There are the following special offerings today:

• From Captain Mnemos early teachings about artificial neural networks emerged the HyperCard Perceptron. If you have HyperCard v. 2.2 or later on your Mac, download Perceptron.sit.hqx. If you do not have HyperCard v. 2.2 or later, instead download Perceptronapp.sit.hqx, which is a stand-alone application program. If you rather want to learn about the Hopfield network, download HyperHopfield.sit.hqx or HyperHopfieldapp.sit.hqx. All are binhexed Stuffit archives. If you don't have a Mac, get one.

• From his concern about certain endangered species stems the ProDOS 8 utility, ProDesk (version 4.2). It comes in the form of two binhexed Shrinkit (TXT) archives, PP.4.2.SHK and PPBACK.4.2.SHK. For important unpacking instructions, download and read PP.UNPACK. If you don't have an Apple II, get one.

• Hrmmm, I almost forgot the Apple II GS version of the Perceptron. How shameful of me! Just download the binhexed GSShrinkit archive Perceptron.SHK, unpack it, and run it! (You need HyperCard GS for this. And if you don't have a Zip GS, get one.)

The Captain at his yearly visit on land (Sardinia, May 2009;
picture is ©Torgny Nordin):                                                 

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