Karl J. Friston

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Karl John Friston FRS, FMedSci, FRSB (born 12 July 1959) is a British neuroscientist at University College London and an authority on brain imaging. He gained a reputation as the main proponent of the free energy principle and predictive coding theory.


  • Low entropy states are not closer to death. Death is characterized by dissipation, decay and dispersion. It is the ultimate high entropy state—literally, the edge of our existential world, when we are gently absorbed back into the universe.
    • Of woodlice and men: A Bayesian account of cognition, life and consciousness. An interview with Karl Friston (2018)

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