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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

Random thoughts on Antifragility (Part 2): the role of heuristics

How can we prepare for the unexpected? One of the central features of Nassim N. Taleb book “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder” is that the great big world is essentially (?!?) unpredictable, and that most attempts to tame it

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Random thoughts on Antifragility (Part 1)

Nassim N. Taleb book “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder” is notoriously divisive: you either love it or hate it. In my case, it’s both: I loved reading it as much as I found it infuriating. I will start my

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More on the selfish gene

This is a follow up on the controversy that followed David Dobbs piece entitled “Die Selfish Gene, Die”. Dobbs published a revised and much improved version, one that merits some praise and a serious discussion. When I first read the

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Posted in Evolution, Science

In defense of the Selfish Gene

This is a quick rebuttal of the thesis explained by David Dobbs in his recent “Die, selfish gene, die” Aeon Magazine article [Edit: 14/12/2013 now archived here]. It is a well written, well documented and quite long piece that tries

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Posted in Evolution, Science

So after all, I do know something! (Just another story – Part 3)

This is the last post in a series that tires to give a decent account of scientific epistemology (see also Part 1 and Part 2). I say decent, because the mainstream scientific epistemologies that I have encountered so far seem

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Posted in New Atheism, Philosophy, Premises, Science
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