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Life, mind, agency: why Markov blankets fail the test of evolution

Veit, Walter and Browning, Heather ORCID: 0000-0003-1554-7052 (2022) Life, mind, agency: why Markov blankets fail the test of evolution. The Behavioral and brain sciences, 45. e214. ISSN 0140-525X

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Author(s), 2022.
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2022 23:17
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2023 23:00

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