Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://doi.org/10.25358/openscience-626
Authors: Clark, Andy
Title: How to knit your own markov blanket : resisting the second law with metamorphic minds
Online publication date: 1-Jun-2017
Language : english
Abstract: Howhy (Hohwy 2016, Hohwy 2017) argues there is a tension between the free energy principle and leading depictions of mind as embodied, enactive, and extended (so-called ‘EEE cognition’). The tension is traced to the importance, in free energy formulations, of a conception of mind and agency that depends upon the presence of a ‘Markov blanket’ Andrey Markov demarcating the agent from the surrounding world. In what follows I show that the Markov blanket considerations do not, in fact, lead to the kinds of tension that Howhy depicts. On the contrary, they actively favour the EEE story. This is because the Markov property, as exemplified in biological agents, picks out neither a unique nor a stationary boundary. It is this multiplicity and mutability– rather than the absence of agent-environment boundaries as such - that EEE cognition celebrates.
DDC: 100 Philosophie
100 Philosophy
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 05 Philosophie und Philologie
Place: Mainz
DOI: http://doi.org/10.25358/openscience-626
Version: Published version
Publication type: Buchbeitrag
License: in Copyright
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Citation: Philosophy and predictive processing
Metzinger, Thomas
Pages or article number: 41
59
Publisher: MIND Group
Publisher place: Frankfurt am Main
Issue date: 2017
Publisher's URL : http://dx.doi.org/10.15502/9783958573031
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