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The Markov blankets of life: autonomy, active inference and the free energy principle
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This work addresses the autonomous organization of biological systems, from individual cells to Home sapiens, in terms of the presence of Markov blankets under the active inference scheme. Expand
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Extended cognition & constitution: Re-evaluating the constitutive claim of extended cognition
This paper explores several paths by which the extended cognition (EC) thesis may overcome the coupling-constitution fallacy. In so doing, I address a couple of shortcomings in the contemporaryExpand
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Autopoiesis, free energy, and the life–mind continuity thesis
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The life–mind continuity thesis is difficult to study, especially because the relation between life and mind is not fully understood, and given that there is still no consensus view neither on what qualifies as life nor on what defines mind. Expand
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On Markov blankets and hierarchical self-organisation
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Highlight • Computational treatment of biological self-organisation with Markov blankets. Expand
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A tale of two densities: active inference is enactive inference
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The aim of this article is to clarify how best to interpret the central constructs that underwrite the free-energy principle (FEP) – and its corollary, active inference – in theoretical neuroscience and biology: namely, the role that generative models and variational densities play in this theory. Expand
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Where There is Life There is Mind: In Support of a Strong Life-Mind Continuity Thesis
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This paper considers questions about continuity and discontinuity between life and mind. Expand
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Extended Cognition & the Causal-Constitutive Fallacy: In Search for a Diachronic and Dynamical Conception of Constitution
Philosophical accounts of the constitution relation have been explicated in terms of synchronic relations between higher- and lower-level entities. Such accounts, I argue, are temporally austere orExpand
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