Topics Discussed in #298 – Jordan Peterson & Karl Friston: The binding of entropy, Motivation and Fantasy, Hierarchy of micro narratives, Frans de Waal, the paradox in prediction, Inference and assuming the story, Dopamine and diatic narratives, Serotonin, the depressive mindset, Acetylcholine , The need to minimize free energy, The left and right hemisphere, Psychedelics and functional narratives.
Jordan Peterson is a Canadian psychologist, author, and media commentator. He began to receive widespread attention in the late 2010s for his views on cultural and political issues, often described as conservative. Peterson has described himself as a classic British liberal and a traditionalist. Peterson obtained bachelor’s degrees in political science and psychology from the University of Alberta and a PhD in clinical psychology from McGill University.
Dr. Karl Friston is a British neuroscientist and theoretician at University College London. He is an authority on brain imaging and theoretical neuroscience, especially the use of physics-inspired statistical methods to model neuroimaging data and other random dynamical systems. He is a key architect of the free energy principle and active inference. In imaging neuroscience he is best known for statistical parametric mapping and dynamic causal modelling. In October 2022, he joined VERSES Inc, a California-based cognitive computing company focusing on artificial intelligence designed using the principles of active inference, as Chief Scientist. Friston is one of the most highly cited scientists of all time and in 2016 was ranked No. 1 by Semantic Scholar in the list of top 10 most influential neuroscientists. Find the books mentioned in Jordan Peterson and Karl Friston's podcast interview below.