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Changing my mind: the big list

How do we change our minds? I find this question fascinating and important. To start: only fools never change their mind. Secondarily, it is surprisingly hard to remember on what I actually did change my mind, and equally difficult to

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Posted in Ethics, Philosophy, Premises, Psychology

Corbyn, #Brexit and the “clever” long game that doesn’t exist.

The Brexit clock is ticking. As David Allen Green correctly states, Brexit will automatically happen, unless “something exceptional” will prevent it. It is still possible to #StopBrexit, many routes are still open and public opinion is probably shifting, but exceptional

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Posted in Politics

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
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