Canalization in human learning agents

Thinking now what made sense then

April 9, 2022 — September 29, 2023

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Perhaps one reason we do complicated things naïvely is that we do not notice when circumstances change. Perhaps many of our maladaptive feelings are ones we formed for a different world. Is canalaization an important concept for meditation?

Flip side: some time we want to canalize, to commit to feeling some way in the face of evidence. Maybe choosing this is how we commit to something that is in a sense arbitrary, but also important to commit to — like a relationship.

What is Love? Neural Annealing in the Presence of an Intentional Object.

1 Incoming

See also the problem of growing up.

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2 References

Carhart-Harris, Chandaria, Erritzoe, et al. 2023. Canalization and Plasticity in Psychopathology.” Neuropharmacology.
Carhart-Harris, and Friston. 2019. REBUS and the Anarchic Brain: Toward a Unified Model of the Brain Action of Psychedelics.” Pharmacological Reviews.
Clark, Watson, and Friston. 2018. What Is Mood? A Computational Perspective.” Psychological Medicine.
Petri, Expert, Turkheimer, et al. 2014. Homological Scaffolds of Brain Functional Networks.” Journal of The Royal Society Interface.