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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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Some Good Reason

  This is the 19th part of the ‘Neural Is to Moral Ought’ series of posts. The series’s title comes from Joshua Greene’s opinion-piece paper ‘From Neural Is To Moral Ought: What are the moral implications of neuroscientific moral psychology?’ … 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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Consequentialism for Idiots

(This is fifth part of the ‘From Neural Is to Moral Ought’ series of talks.) 20: Deontology for Idiots As previously stated, ‘normative ethics’ is that sub-division of ethics that asks what is the right (and wrong) way for people to act … 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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