A Really Weird Article About Human Motivation

Out at the fringes of the Dark Enlightenment are many very smart, very weird individuals.  The guy who writes the blog that this link goes to http://slatestarcodex.com/2018/03/04/god-help-us-lets-try-to-understand-friston-on-free-energy/ is a psychiatrist who supposedly is part of the dissident right.  In this post he discusses a theory (Free Energy Principle) that unifies the behavior of living things from the single cell organism up to and including the behavior of human beings.  Now I haven’t read all the details but apparently the postulator of this theory is a brilliant individual who is equally comfortable with brain physiology and quantum physics and sees links between both.  Apparently, he has identified the underlying motivation behind all human activity.  And it’s not love or fear or sex or power.  It’s the desire to avoid uncertainty.  Huh.  Didn’t see that coming.

Anyway, he also links https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1571064518300083 to a paper about this theory that compares the potential for applying this theory in real life to the fictional psychohistory of Asimov’s Harry Seldon.  In the Foundation novels Harry Seldon uses psychohistory to predict the future and also engineer changes to that history to improve the outcome.

And they call me crazy for voting for Trump!  Well, anyway, I include it here for your attention.

 

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