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Life, Mind, Agency: Why Markov Blankets Fail the Test of Evolution (Preprint)

Veit, Walter and Browning, Heather (2022) Life, Mind, Agency: Why Markov Blankets Fail the Test of Evolution (Preprint). [Preprint]

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Abstract

There has been much criticism of the idea that Friston’s free energy principle can unite the life and mind sciences. Here, we argue that perhaps the greatest problem for the totalizing ambitions of its proponents is a failure to recognize the importance of evolutionary dynamics and to provide a convincing adaptive story relating free energy minimization to organismal fitness.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Veit, Walterwrwveit@gmail.com0000-0001-7701-8995
Browning, Heatherheather.browning@anu.edu.au0000-0003-1554-7052
Keywords: free energy principle; markov blankets; evolution; fitness; Friston
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Depositing User: Mr. Walter Veit
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2022 00:36
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2022 00:36
Item ID: 20126
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Date: 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20126

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