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Shannon + Friston = Content: Intentionality in predictive signaling systems

2 April 2021
14-16 Greenwhich Mean Time (Note time change)
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Carrie Figdor (University of Iowa)
Abstract. What is the content of a mental state? This question poses the problem of intentionality: to explain how mental states can be about other things, where being about them is understood as representing them. A framework that integrates predictive coding and signaling systems theories of cognitive processing offers a new perspective on intentionality. On this view, at least some mental states are evaluations, which differ in function, operation, and normativity from representations. A complete naturalistic theory of intentionality must account for both types of intentional state.
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