There are as many theories about consciousness as there are definitions and the philosophical and scientific community is still far from consensus. This post represents my current understanding.
Most systems have the properties they have because they were designed that way, either by humans or by nature, not because they “emerged”.
In this post I will try to explain how an organism, according to active inference framework, plans actions to minimize free energy, thereby staying alive.
Variational free energy can be expressed in many ways, each with a different but complementary interpretation.
This post illustrates why surprise is an intuitively useful quantity.
Information theory may be useful for understanding active inference. As a minimum it offers some alternative perspectives on the quantities used in the active inference theory such as surprise, KL divergence, and entropy. This post provides a very short introduction to information theory.
In this post we will take a deeper look at how, according to the active inference theory, the brain interprets what it observes.
A piece of old but current wisdom from Hávamál.
Bevor Sie bei sich selbst eine schwere Depression oder Antriebsschwäche diagnostizieren, stellen Sie sicher, dass Sie nicht komplett von Arschlöchern umgeben sind.
We must either live a little more like the hunter-gatherers or reprogram our genes. Reprogramming genes is still a risky proposition so our only option today is to change our lifestyle.