Yearly Archives: 2017

Inequality and progress, privilege and barnacles

I’ve recently been to Cape Town, for work. It is impossible for someone like me to visit South Africa without asking “What am I doing with my privileges?” (see previous post). The scale of abject poverty would be overwhelming in

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Posted in Evolution, Philosophy, Politics, Science

Naïve philosophaster: on method and privilege

In which I start counting my privileges and reflect on how I am trying to use them. … That’s correct, I did write “use [my privileges]”. This expression is questionable and relies on important implicit assumptions. In fact, one purpose

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Posted in Ethics, Philosophy, Premises

Predictive Processing: the long road ahead.

In the previous posts in this series I’ve proposed an extreme synthesis of the Predictive Processing (PP) idea, as proposed by Andy Clark in “Surfing Uncertainty” – I concluded with a post that summarised why I think PP is the

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Posted in Neuroscience, Philosophy

Machine Learning, the usual Bat and deflationary epistemology

This is a quick, semi-serious follow-up to my first Twitter poll. In a rare moment of impulsivity, I’ve recently posted a deliberately awkward question on twitter. A few respondents did notice that something was amiss, an indeed, an explanation is

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Posted in Consciousness, Philosophy, Stupidity

Predictive Processing: one theory to rule them all…

After discussing some of the basic concepts behind the Predictive Processing (PP) framework, it’s time to explore why I think it was worth the effort. In short, the explanatory power that PP seems to have is, as far as I

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Posted in Neuroscience, Psychology

Not quite wrong enough

In my last posts on politics I’ve made a few predictions. Wrong predictions! In this post, I want to acknowledge my errors, reflect on what they mean, and perhaps make a few more in the process. In a nutshell, the

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Posted in Ethics, Politics, Stupidity
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