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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: the role of confidence and precision

This is the second post in a series inspired by Andy Clark’s book “Surfing Uncertainty“. In the previous post I’ve mentioned that an important concept in the Predictive Processing (PP) framework is the role of confidence. Confidence (in a prediction)

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Posted in Consciousness, Neuroscience, Philosophy

Against epiphenomenalism: summary and reply.

What follows is a direct reaction to the discussion I’ve had with Jochen below my first epiphenomenalism post. The discussion meandered into scary places, and Jochen ended up recommending me to keep it simple instead. I’m sure it is a

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Sources of Error: Epiphenomenalism (part 2)

Epiphenomena haunt me: the actual idea that we can explain any phenomena with the aid of the concept is thoroughly alien to me. In turn, this means that I don’t understand why people do rely on the concept, and consequently

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Sources of Error: Epiphenomenalism (part 1)

Epiphenomenalism is one idea I’ve struggled with for a long time: to my eyes, it doesn’t make any sense. But more importantly, when applied to philosophy of mind, it seems to me that epiphenomenalism does a great deal of damage.

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Evolutionary Theory of Consciousness: first reply to comments.

Two of my readers have kindly provided some very interesting comments and questions on my Evolutionary Theory of Consciousness paper (ETC). Because their comments and questions are very relevant and thought-provoking, I am publishing my reply as a separate post.

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Posted in Consciousness, Evolutionary Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychology
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