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

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 45:e214 (2022)
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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.

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Walter Veit
University of Reading
Heather Browning
University of Southampton

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Complexity and the Evolution of Consciousness.Walter Veit - 2023 - Biological Theory 18 (3):175-190.

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