Tag Archives: Claude Shannon

Entropy, Intelligence and Life

This posting forms part of the talk ‘Intelligence and the Brain’. On its own, here, it  provides an as-simple-as-I-can-make-it introduction to the ideas underpinning Karl Friston’s ‘Variational Free Energy’ theory which link what the brain is doing to create intelligence to … Continue reading

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Talk: Intelligence and the Brain

What is ‘intelligence’? What is the brain actually doing? How is intelligence physically realised in the brain? Quite how the brain manages to achieve what it does remains elusive. It’s true that almost every day there are news stories that … Continue reading

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Talk: Free Will / Free Wont

Most people will assert that they feel they have free will yet most contemporary philosophers and neuroscientists, when pressed for an opinion, will suggest it is just an illusion. Some will half-joke that we only have ‘free won’t’ instead. If … Continue reading

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Quantifying Freedom: Part 1

Why Bother? In ‘Freedom Evolves’, Daniel Dennett sets out his thesis  of how freedom has increased alongside biology up the evolutionary scale, e.g.: Transition from plants to animals: Organisms can avoid catastrophic events by moving. Cooperation and the benefits of … Continue reading

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