No “Aha” Moments Here…

No “Aha” Moments Here… Last week, the following research headline ran in EurekAlert!, a science news outlet produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): “Parents of children with complex medical conditions more likely to have mental health issues” You don’t say. Unfortunately, obvious research headers like this one are not uncommon. They …

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

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

Egbert, M., (2008) “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. Here, the spatial boundary is more accurately represented as a process (vertex) that enables other …

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The Markov blankets of life: autonomy, active inference and the free energy principle (Michael Kirchhoff, Thomas Parr, Ensor Palacios, Karl Friston and Julian Kiverstein, 2018)

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.

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