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Freed, P. (2010). Carhart-Harris, R., & Friston, K. (2010). The default-mode, ego-functions and free-energy: A neurobiological account of Freudian ideas. Brain, 133 (4): 1265-1283. Friston, K. (2003). Learning and inference in the brain. Neural Networks: The Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society, 16 (9): 1325-1352.Friston, K., & Stephan, K. E. (2007). Free-energy and the brain. Synthese, 159 (3): 417-458.Friston, K. (2010). The free-energy principle: A unified brain theory? Nature Reviews. Neuroscience, 11 (2): 127-138.Fiorillo, C. D. (2008). Towards a general theory of neural computation based on prediction by single neurons. PLoS ONE, 3 (10): e3298.. Neuropsychoanalysis, 12(1):103-106.

(2010). Neuropsychoanalysis, 12(1):103-106

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Carhart-Harris, R., & Friston, K. (2010). The default-mode, ego-functions and free-energy: A neurobiological account of Freudian ideas. Brain, 133 (4): 1265-1283. Friston, K. (2003). Learning and inference in the brain. Neural Networks: The Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society, 16 (9): 1325-1352.Friston, K., & Stephan, K. E. (2007). Free-energy and the brain. Synthese, 159 (3): 417-458.Friston, K. (2010). The free-energy principle: A unified brain theory? Nature Reviews. Neuroscience, 11 (2): 127-138.Fiorillo, C. D. (2008). Towards a general theory of neural computation based on prediction by single neurons. PLoS ONE, 3 (10): e3298.

Peter Freed

In this Digest our focus (though it will take time to get there) is Robin Carhart-Harris and Karl Friston's recent paper, which has sent a good percentage of the neuropsychoanalytic community into a state of euphoria: “Sigmund Freud has been mentioned in the title of a review article in the journal Brain! the cry has gone out. Or, to interpret the unconscious experience: “Daddy's home! Freud has been reincarnated!” As often in the Digest, the note here will be one of caution. I suspect that, as with all of science (and also as with clinical practice), the more euphoria one feels, the more closely one should examine the details at hand. And in this case, the details revolve around Karl Friston, who might be characterized as a living giant in the world of neuroimaging.

There is a one-minute hand-held video making the rounds (www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFxNgAPn9wY) of the comedian Zach Galifianakis in which he is dressed up as a stand-up comic circa 1778—in white wig, frilly shirt, parchment joke list (“Thank ye, thank ye, good to be hither,” he begins). The skit ends with him angrily railing: “Am I the only one tired of this Ben Franklin [expletive deleted]? Electricity! What the [expletive deleted] is he talking about!” One of the many jokes in this layered joke, of course, is that the joke is on him.

Lately I have been feeling a bit like Zach Galifianakis myself—only it's 2010, Ben Franklin is Karl Friston, and electricity is free energy.

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