The Emperor Is Naked: Replies to commentaries on the target article

Jelle Bruineberg, Krzysztof Dołeȩga, Joe Dewhurst, Manuel Baltieri

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The 35 commentaries cover a wide range of topics and take many different stances on the issues explored by the target article. We have organised our response to the commentaries around three central questions: Are Friston blankets just Pearl blankets? What ontological and metaphysical commitments are implied by the use of Friston blankets? What kind of explanatory work are Friston blankets capable of? We conclude our reply with a short critical reflection on the indiscriminate use of both Markov blankets and the free energy principle.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere219
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2022

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