The Fundamental Nature of Motives

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Annila , A 2022 , ' The Fundamental Nature of Motives ' , Frontiers in Neuroscience , vol. 16 , 806160 .

Title: The Fundamental Nature of Motives
Author: Annila, Arto
Contributor organization: Institute of Biotechnology
Department of Physics
Date: 2022-01-28
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Frontiers in Neuroscience
ISSN: 1662-453X
Abstract: Decision-making is described as a natural process, one among others, consuming free energy in the least time. The thermodynamic tenet explains why data associated with decisions display the same patterns as any other data: skewed distributions, sigmoidal cumulative curves, oscillations, and even chaos. Moreover, it is shown that decision-making is intrinsically an intractable process because everything depends on everything else. However, no decision is arbitrary but bounded by free energy, such as resources and propellants, and restricted by mechanisms like molecular, neural, and social networks. The least-time maximation of entropy, equivalent to the minimization of free energy, parallels the optimization of subjective expected utility. As the system attains a state of balance, all driving forces vanish. Then there is no need or use to make further decisions. In general, the thermodynamic theory regards those decisions well-motivated that take into account forces, i.e., causes comprehensively in projecting motions, i.e., consequences.
Subject: free energy
statistical physics
114 Physical sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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