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Consciousness at last.

This is what kept me awake for many nights, and occupied a lot of my time for far too many years. Following my unhealthy intellectual ambition, I’ve written a paper, intended for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and tried submitting

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Posted in Consciousness, Evolution, Evolutionary Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology, Science

Strong AI, utilitarianism and our limited minds

There is a fascinating discussion happening across a few of my favourite blogs, it is about the moral implications of the hypothetical emergence of strong artificial intelligence: should we grant rights to sentient machines? How will we ever be able

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Posted in Ethics, Evolution, Evolutionary Psychology, Psychology, Stupidity

The predictive brain (part two): is the idea too generic?

After explaining the main concepts and promises of the Predictive Brain (PB) idea in Part 1 (you may want to read also the comments), it’s now time to explore its boundaries. In this post, I will not drill down into

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Posted in Evolution, Neuroscience, Science

The predictive brain (part one): what is this about?

LSE hosted quite an exciting public event (15/01/2015): Is the Brain a Predictive Machine? I had the pleasure to attend it and now find myself toying with a handful of ideas that are perhaps worth sharing. But first, the basics:

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Hierarchy and fairness in primates: the source of indignation and the elusive Baldwin effect

Evolutionary Psychology (EP) is controversial, there is no doubt, and a lot of criticism is fairly solid; it is also an intriguing and prolific source of click-baits, spurring equal amounts of excitement and criticism both in the professional and popular

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Posted in Ethics, Evolution, Evolutionary Psychology, Psychology, Science

What the hell is “Information” anyway?

DNA, ideas, knowledge, books, computations, schedules, job descriptions, money(!), bank accounts, music, culture, beliefs and every last thing that has some importance in our lives has something to do with “information”, but still, all my attempts to find a no-nonsense,

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Posted in Evolution, Philosophy, Science
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