The seductive allure of cargo cult computationalism

Micah Allen*

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Bruineberg and colleagues report a striking confusion, in which the formal Bayesian notion of a Markov blanket has been frequently misunderstood and misapplied to phenomena of mind and life. I argue that misappropriation of formal concepts is pervasive in the predictive processing literature, and echo Richard Feynman in suggesting how we might resist the allure of cargo cult computationalism.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere183
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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