Oh please do. I have a cognitive flaw – I only realized it a few years back, about inference in fiction. First noticed it in early tests. All my grades were very high except for the “author’s intent” type questions. Always down in the 60% while everything else was in the 99%++ range. Nobody could explain it to me or even tried.
But one day it clicked in when reading stuff about ADHD, Aspies, Autism… things of that nature and I realized that I’m just missing that ‘jump’. I have to think inference through step by step. Thankfully I can do it VERY VERY quickly now, and it’s allowed me a great amount of insight into the background processes that are automatic for regular people (apparently automatic for them from my POV).
Still, if I could plug something in and it could tell me intent and do all the inferential logic? I’ll use it.
If you get approval for that grant, let me know. I’d love to look over your papers and give some thoughts on it. I haven’t been academically trained (never finished college) but I have a naive “hard-won” insight about a lot of this stuff now.
Even if I can’t get to the end-point of “what’s being inferred”, I can lay down very quickly MANY overlapping factors that critically or potentially tie-in to the final inference. It’s because I have to do it the hard way, day by day, conversation by conversation with people. It’s why socializing gives me a headache because my inner computer has to chug away quickly in the short time-scales of a conversation whenever even the simplest thing is being implied.
If nothing else, I’d like to provide an outsiders POV. Might have a gem or two from over here or maybe you’ll have it nailed down already, I dunno. But I’d love to help – unofficially. It’s not my world (academia) but I like sticking my brain on things anyway.