TY - CHAP
A2 - Metzinger, Thomas K.
A2 - Windt, Jennifer M.
AB - The free energy principle is based on Bayesian theory and generally makes use of functional concepts. However, functional concepts explain phenomena in terms of how they should work, not how they in fact do work. As a result one may ask whether the free energy principle, taken as such, can provide genuine explanations of cognitive phenomena. This commentary will argue that (i) the free energy principle offers a stronger unification than Bayesian theory alone (strong unification thesis) and that (ii) the free energy principle can act as a heuristic guide to finding multilevel mechanistic explanations.
AU - Harkness, Dominic L.
CY - Frankfurt am Main
DO - 10.15502/9783958570153
KW - Active inference, Bayesian enlightenment, Bayesian fundamentalism, Bayesian theory, Free energy, Free energy principle, Functional, Mechanisms, Precision, Prediction errors, Preposterous, Strong unification thesis, Weak unification thesis
LA - English
PB - MIND Group
PY - 2015
SE - 19(C)
SN - 9783958570153
ST - From Explanatory Ambition to Explanatory Power
T2 - Open MIND
TI - From Explanatory Ambition to Explanatory Power
UR - https://open-mind.net/papers/from-explanatory-ambition-to-explanatory-power-a-commentary-on-jakob-hohwy
ID - 19