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From Neural ‘Is’ to Moral ‘Ought’

This talk takes its inspiration from Joshua Greene’s ‘From neural ‘is’ to moral ‘ought’: what are the moral implications of neuroscientific moral psychology?’ He says: “Many moral philosophers regard scientific research as irrelevant to their work because science deals with … Continue reading

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The Mind of Society

(This is the thirteenth part of the ‘From Neural Is to Moral Ought’ series and a rather abstract one at that.) 57: Social Hierarchical Agents Recall that Part 4 of this series (‘Rules, Hierarchy and Prediction’) considered the merits of ‘rule utilitarianism’ and … Continue reading

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Nature’s Secret Trick

“The way that human minds arrange particulars is a skill so deeply hidden in the human soul that we shall hardly guess the secret trick that Nature here displays” – Immanuel Kant This is the first part (of three) of the talk ‘What I … Continue reading

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Talk: What I Know and Why I Know It

“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” The above quote (typically attributed to John Maynard Keynes but probably not originating from him) makes it sound so easy. So why don’t we all act in this … Continue reading

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On Hawkins, Hierarchy, Homunculi and the Hippocampus

On Intelligence As previously noted, Jeff Hawkins takes a very similar approach to Karl Friston’s ‘variational Free Energy’ with the concept of ‘hierarchical message passing’ playing a key role in both. In such hierarchical message passing, it is clear how … Continue reading

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Free Energy: Criticisms and Conjectures

This posting forms part of the talk ‘Intelligence and the Brain’. Here, I look at some criticisms of Karl Friston’s ‘Variational Free Energy’ theory and add some observations. 26. But Is It True? Argument: Friston’s ‘Variational Free Energy’ theory has … Continue reading

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