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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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On Jeff Hawkins

As there are so many similarities between Jeff Hawkins’s book ‘On Intelligence’ (2005) and my recent ‘Intelligence and the Brain’ talk, it might be natural to assume that I had copied him without crediting him. But I have only just … Continue reading

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Intelligence and the Brain: A Quick Summary

This is the concluding posting of the talk ‘Intelligence and the Brain’ which simply summarizes major points in a small number of bullet points: Intelligence has been presented here with reference to Karl Friston’s ‘Free Energy’ tentative theory of how the brain … Continue reading

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Free Energy in Context: A Comparison With Evolution

This posting is a part of the talk ‘Intelligence and the Brain’. Starting to wrap-up, I will now try to put Karl Friston’s ‘variational Free Energy’ theory of how the brain works into context. At this point, I am less … Continue reading

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Agent versus Environment: An Analogy

Agent versus Environment: An Analogy This posting forms part of the talk ‘Intelligence and the Brain’. Here, I look at the demarcation between an agent and its environment, with reference to Karl Friston’s ‘Variational Free Energy’ theory. Agents are frequently … 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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Free Energy: Hierarchical Message Passing

This posting forms part of the talk ‘Intelligence and the Brain’. It follows on from: A Unified Theory of Intelligence in which the the brain is viewed as a hierarchy of predictors (see diagram below). Entropy, Intelligence and Life which explains … Continue reading

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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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Redefining Turing

Alan Turing’s seminal 1950 paper ‘Computing Machinery and Intelligence’ spawned what has subsequently become known as the ‘Turing Test’ (see also the Wiki page). The paper begins by asking ‘can machines think?’ How do we make progress towards answering this … 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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