Discussion Paper Series: “Conceptual Competence in Psychiatry: Recommendations for Education and Training”


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Conceptual Competence in Psychiatry: Recommendations for Education and Training

Who are You? Who am I? And the Problem of Identity Optics

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We desperately act in ways that are less and less driven by our real values, and that are increasingly driven by our need to be valued. Maybe that anxious, phrenetic energy undermines our ability to stop, reflect, and think. Maybe the best way that we can do to functionally manage is to seek refuge in the comfort of categorical simplicity and binaries: of dramatic hero-villain narratives. 

The Role of the Spatial Boundary in Autopoiesis | The Life & Mind Seminar Network


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Egbert, M., (2008) https://lifeandmind.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/the-role-of-the-spatial-boundary-in-autopoiesis/ “Figure 2: The spatial boundary here is more accurately represented as a process that enables other processes (dashed arrows). The more appropriate way to include the spatial boundary in this diagram is depicted in figure 2. …

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Discussion Paper Series: The Markov blankets of life: autonomy, active inference and the free energy principle

Abstract: This work addresses the autonomous organization of biological systems. Itdoes so by considering the boundaries of biological systems, from individualcells to Home sapiens, in terms of the presence of Markov blankets under theactive inference scheme—a corollary of the free energy principle. A Markovblanket defines the boundaries of a system in a statistical sense. Here we consider how a collective of Markov blankets can self-assemble into a globalsystem that itself has a Markov blanket; thereby providing an illustrationof how autonomous systems can be understood as having layers of nestedand self-sustaining boundaries.

Behavioural Geneticist Robert Plomin: “There Are No Disorders, There Are Just Quantitative Dimensions” – Mad In America


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Discussion Paper Series: “From Autopoiesis to Neurophenomenology: Francisco Varela’s Exploration of the Biophysics of Being”

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From autopoiesis to neurophenomenology: Francisco Varela’s exploration of the biophysics of being   For another download format, please see Discussion Paper Series Download Library Discussion Questions (Forthcoming)

Discussion Paper Series: “Schizophrenia as a Paradigm Case for Understanding Fundamental Human Processes”

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Schizophrenia as a Paradigm Case for Understanding Fundamental Human Processes Reconceptualizing “schizophrenia” as experiencing being/becoming and nothingness, eyes wide open. Analysis, Synthesis, and Discussion Questions Reference  

Post MetaIdentity

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Identity, like infinity, is not an object or idea that can be quantified or captured (even built objects are not entirely defined according to Heisenberg), but rather a concept of potentiality that eludes definition because “it” is continuously changing. Perhaps …

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