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Topics covered are varied, the focus is the human condition in general, explored in ways that are heavily influenced by my scientific background (biology, neurobiology, evolutionary theory). Thus, I explore themes connected to Consciousness studies, Evolutionary Psychology, Darwinism and Evolutionary Theory, Game Theory, Cognitive Neuroscience, and more. Because the scope is very wide, I also cover philosophical questions (for example: science epistemology and the limitations of cognition), social sciences (connected to my current work) and politics (mostly UK-centric).

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  • May 21, 2017
  • 10:50 AM
  • 70 views

Predictive Processing: the role of confidence and precision

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This is the second post in a series inspired by Andy Clark’s book “Surfing Uncertainty“. In the previous post I’ve mentioned that an important concept in the Predictive Processing (PP) framework is the role of confidence. Confidence (in a prediction)…Read more ›... Read more »

Kanai R, Komura Y, Shipp S, & Friston K. (2015) Cerebral hierarchies: predictive processing, precision and the pulvinar. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 370(1668). PMID: 25823866  

  • May 6, 2017
  • 01:04 PM
  • 180 views

Partisan Review: “Surfing Uncertainty”, by Andy Clark.

by Sergio Graziosi in Writing my own user manual - Sergio Graziosi's Blog

Sometimes it happens that reading a book ignites a seemingly unstoppable whirlpool of ideas. The book in question is “Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind” by Andy Clark. Why is this a partisan review? Because Clark himself had…Read more ›... Read more »

  • April 15, 2017
  • 04:12 PM
  • 328 views

Perspectives…

by Sergio Graziosi in Writing my own user manual - Sergio Graziosi's Blog

In the past few months I’ve spent some time looking for trouble on Twitter. I’ve found some (mild and polite), which translated into plenty food for thought, and eventually allowed me to put some order in my thoughts. The matter…Read more ›... Read more »

Kahneman, D. (2011) Thinking, Fast and Slow. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. info:other/978-0374275631

  • October 30, 2016
  • 12:44 PM
  • 428 views

How to dismantle the web of lies

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In the previous post, I’ve concluded, with Ben Walters, that we need to “make art that wins hearts and arguments that win minds“. The aim is to contrast the rise of populism, or, following the current slang, fight against post-fact…Read more ›... Read more »

Fernbach, P., Rogers, T., Fox, C., & Sloman, S. (2013) Political Extremism Is Supported by an Illusion of Understanding. Psychological Science, 24(6), 939-946. DOI: 10.1177/0956797612464058  

Tuller, HM., Bryan, CJ., Heyman, GD., & Christenfeld, NJS Volume 59, July 2015, Pages 18–23. (2015) Seeing the other side: Perspective taking and the moderation of extremity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 18-23. info:/10.1016/j.jesp.2015.02.003

  • October 16, 2016
  • 09:14 AM
  • 518 views

Web of lies and the public

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In the previous two posts I’ve gone through the depressing exercise of exploring the misconstrued world-view that led the UK to leave the EU. The picture that emerges is not limited to the UK, but is a paradigm example of…Read more ›... Read more »

  • August 29, 2016
  • 08:01 AM
  • 561 views

Web of lies, policies and politicians

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In the previous post in this miniseries I’ve used the example of Brexit referendum to explore how allowing lies to be systematically upheld in public discourse is poisonous for democracy itself. The bleak conclusion was that people voted Brexit on…Read more ›... Read more »

Aktipis, C.A., & Kurzban, R.O. (2004) Is Homo Economicus extinct? Vernon Smith, Daniel Kahneman and the evolutionary perspective. Advances in Austrian Economics, 135-153. info:/

  • June 19, 2016
  • 12:57 PM
  • 617 views

Ecological representations: a reply to Golonka and Wilson

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This is going to be a very unusual post, it’s an ad-hoc effort, responding directly to Sabrina Golonka and Andrew D Wilson‘s call for feedback: they have recently published a pre-print on bioRxiv, entitled “Ecological Representations“. In the accompanying blog…Read more ›... Read more »

Golonka, S, & Wilson, AD. (2016) Ecological Representations. bioRxiv. DOI: 10.1101/058925  

  • May 22, 2016
  • 11:07 AM
  • 736 views

Robert Epstein’s empty essay

by Sergio Graziosi in Writing my own user manual - Sergio Graziosi's Blog

Sometimes reading a flawed argument triggers my rage, I really do get angry, a phenomenon that invariably surprises and amuses me. What follows is my attempt to use my anger in a constructive way, it may include elements of a…Read more ›... Read more »

  • May 8, 2016
  • 02:33 PM
  • 651 views

The Brexit debate: no matter what, don’t mention the war!

by Sergio Graziosi in Writing my own user manual - Sergio Graziosi's Blog

There is something deeply troubling about how the debate about the UK’s EU referendum is unfolding. Deeply troubling and, dare I say, a little bit disgusting. Most opinion articles/interventions that I could find will start along the lines of “the…Read more ›... Read more »

Anastasiou, H. (2007) The EU as a peace building system: deconstructing nationalism in an era of globalization. International Journal of Peace Studies, 12(2), 31-50. info:other/

  • February 28, 2016
  • 12:29 PM
  • 801 views

Against epiphenomenalism: summary and reply.

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What follows is a direct reaction to the discussion I’ve had with Jochen below my first epiphenomenalism post. The discussion meandered into scary places, and Jochen ended up recommending me to keep it simple instead. I’m sure it is a…Read more ›... Read more »

Brian D. Earp. (2012) I can't get no (epistemic) satisfaction: Why the hard problem of consciousness entails a hard problem of explanation. Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences, 5(1). info:/

  • January 16, 2016
  • 08:29 AM
  • 747 views

Sources of Error: Epiphenomenalism (part 2)

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Epiphenomena haunt me: the actual idea that we can explain any phenomena with the aid of the concept is thoroughly alien to me. In turn, this means that I don’t understand why people do rely on the concept, and consequently…Read more ›... Read more »

Robinson, W. (2012) Phenomenal Realist Physicalism Implies Coherency of Epiphenomenalist Meaning. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 19(3-4), 145-163. info:/

  • January 10, 2016
  • 02:09 PM
  • 809 views

Sources of Error: Epiphenomenalism (part 1)

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Epiphenomenalism is one idea I’ve struggled with for a long time: to my eyes, it doesn’t make any sense. But more importantly, when applied to philosophy of mind, it seems to me that epiphenomenalism does a great deal of damage.…Read more ›... Read more »

Swinburne, Richard. (2011) Could anyone justifiably believe epiphenomenalism?. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 18(3-4), 196-216. info:/

  • September 13, 2015
  • 10:19 AM
  • 6,138 views

Evolutionary Theory of Consciousness: first reply to comments.

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Two of my readers have kindly provided some very interesting comments and questions on my Evolutionary Theory of Consciousness paper (ETC). Because their comments and questions are very relevant and thought-provoking, I am publishing my reply as a separate post.…Read more ›... Read more »

Edelman DB, Baars BJ, & Seth AK. (2005) Identifying hallmarks of consciousness in non-mammalian species. Consciousness and cognition, 14(1), 169-87. PMID: 15766896  

Verzijden, M., Abbott, J. K.,, von Philipsborn, A., & Loeschcke, V. (2015) Male Drosophila melanogaster learn to prefer an arbitrary trait associated with female mating status. Current Zoology. (2015) Male Drosophila melanogaster learn to prefer an arbitrary trait associated with female mating status. Current Zoology, 61(6). info:/

  • January 24, 2015
  • 12:55 PM
  • 524 views

The predictive brain (part two): is the idea too generic?

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After explaining the main concepts and promises of the Predictive Brain (PB) idea in Part 1 (you may want to read also the comments), it’s now time to explore its boundaries. In this post, I will not drill down into…Read more ›... Read more »

Friston Karl. (2013) Life as we know it. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 10(86), 20130475-20130475. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2013.0475  

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