Tag Archives: Karl Friston

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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Consciousness and Zombies

  Common Sense Consciousness There are common-sense notions of what consciousness is about which tell us: We are consciousness when we are awake, We are not consciousness if we are asleep except when we are dreaming, People under anaesthetic are … Continue reading

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Getting Started on Deep Learning with Python

  An Introduction to Deep Learning In Karl Friston’s wonderfully entitled paper ‘The history of the future of the Bayesian brain’, he recalls his working with Geoffrey Hinton, how Hinton emphasized Bayesian formulations and generative models, and how Friston developed … Continue reading

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The Bayesian Inference of the Goat in the Game-Show

1. The Bayesian Brain Many other posts on this blogsite refer to Karl Friston’s section within ‘Variational Free Energy’ theory of the brain as a hierarchy of predictors that adapt internal models of the environment based on experience, essentially using … 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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Bubbles

In many of the posts on this blogsite, I have been advocating a physicalist worldview in which an agent interacts with the environment in which it is in. This includes many references to Karl Friston’s ‘variational free energy’ theory of … Continue reading

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Anxiety and Well-Being

(This is the twelfth part of the ‘From Neural Is to Moral Ought’ series.) 52: The Dark Room Recall that Part 4 (‘Rules, Hierarchy and Prediction’) considered the merits of ‘rule utilitarianism’ and ‘act utilitarianism’ and proposed a mixture of the two in … Continue reading

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Ethical Physicalism

(This is the tenth part of the ‘From Neural Is to Moral Ought’ series.)   43: Ethical Naturalism As said previously, central to Ethical Naturalism are the ideas of: A rejection of the ‘is’/’ought’ distinction, and The supervenience of the ethical on the … Continue reading

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Rules, Hierarchy and Prediction

This is the 4th part of the ‘From Neural Is to Moral Ought’ series of talks. Building on ideas from the previous parts, I make at last make some connection between the structure of our brains and how we ought to behave. 15: … Continue reading

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Physicalism

This is the second part – of four – of the talk ‘The Science Delusion’.   4. Physicalism: Not Dualism A central topic of this talk is physicalism. But what is physicalism? To answer that, I will offer a crude comparison with … Continue reading

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