Answering Schrödinger's question: A free-energy formulation

Maxwell James Désormeau Ramstead, Paul Benjamin Badcock, Karl John Friston
2018 Physics of Life Reviews  
The free-energy principle (FEP) is a formal model of neuronal processes that is widely recognised in neuroscience as a unifying theory of the brain and biobehaviour. More recently, however, it has been extended beyond the brain to explain the dynamics of living systems, and their unique capacity to avoid decay. The aim of this review is to synthesise these advances with a meta-theoretical ontology of biological systems called variational neuroethology, which integrates the FEP with Tinbergen's
more » ... our research questions to explain biological systems across spatial and temporal scales. We exemplify this framework by applying it to Homo sapiens, before translating variational neuroethology into a systematic research heuristic that supplies the biological, cognitive, and social sciences with a computationally tractable guide to discovery.
doi:10.1016/j.plrev.2017.09.001 pmid:29029962 pmcid:PMC5857288 fatcat:inhsfdidmvhhnigvb5ztumqiky